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  • Churches hold strategic meeting for national visioning
    Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Council of Churches and the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishop’s Conference
    Extracted from The Herald (Zimbabwe)
    December 20, 2006

    Church leaders representing the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Council of Churches and the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference, the Churches that produced the National Vision Discussion Document, met on 13th and 14th December (2006) at Harare Safari Lodge in order to find ways of engaging the nation in coming up with the final document of the Zimbabwe We Want.

    These leaders, who came from all the provinces of the country, asserted that the document that was launched at the end of October this year still remains a discussion document and should not be considered as final.

    The 50 Christian leaders that turned up for the strategic planning workshop identified four main objectives that they shall focus on in order to achieve their goal of producing the final document. These were the objectives: stakeholder engagement, national dialogue, national vision and national transformation.

    The Churches realise that it is critical to engage a cross section of all stakeholders for the final document to be owned by all Zimbabweans. Some of the key stakeholders include Government, political parties, Churches, Civil society and private sector. National engagement shall help to create a suitable environment for dialogue.

    The second objective is that of engaging the nation in dialogue. This shall entail disseminating the document and sourcing feedback from stakeholders. The Churches shall make sure that no important sector of our society is left out in the process of consultation (e.g. rural communities and Zimbabweans abroad).

    The third objective is to craft a national vision, articulating the Zimbabwe We Want, based on the input from critical stakeholders of the nation.

    The fourth objective is national transformation. The consultation should address various crises facing the nation and call for solutions. These include constitutional, economic, social and moral crises.

    The whole project shall be managed by a church appointed programme director who shall report to the steering meeting comprised of members from the three Church Bodies, namely the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Council Churches and the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishop’s Conference. Several task forces that report to the programme director shall also be set up.

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