The day of prayer and its potential for engendering public ecclesiology ecumenism in Zambia

SOURCE: Religions
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2018
TITLE AUTHOR(S): C.J.Kaunda
KEYWORDS: PRAYER, RELIGION, ZAMBIA
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 10654
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/13210

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Abstract

This article argues that while the National Day of Prayer in Zambia has its inception in political context, it has obligated the institutional churches to break out of their religiously fixed spaces, forcing them to suspend their official doctrinal positions for that special day, and embrace each other in enacting what could be classified as 'public ecclesiology ecumenism'. The article defines public ecclesiology ecumenism as the manifestation of institutionally-defined churches in public spaces to celebrate a common liturgical life in Christ through prayer,songs,preaching,and promotion of unified prophetic witness in the public. However, being a political initiative makes the Day of Prayer a potentially dangerous neo-colonial space for advancing a dominant political ideology which perpetuates corruption and exploitation of the masses. Thus,one of the core tasks of the churches is to liberate, reclaim, and reconstitute the Day of Prayer into a prophetic site of struggle against political corruption and poor governance by seeking to produce alternative public and political cultures.