Churches are called upon to demonstrate their commitment to social and economic justice and service to the people, remove obstacles between people, advance justice and peace, and protect the integrity of creation.

This was highlighted during a public lecture on how the church can improve, make a difference in the world, and play a role in mending societies, particularly in light of pandemics, geopolitical tensions and conflict, inequality both within and between nations, climate change, pollution, and the loss of biodiversity, as well as increasingly stringent financing requirements.

Globally, churches are part and parcel of the human rights movement, and it is in the interest of the churches that all rights are adhered to.

According to Finnish Reverend Paulina Parhiala, who is on a weeklong visit to Namibia, this is a far-fetched reality.

She raised concerns about hopelessness among young people, unemployment, poverty, and drought.

Reverend Parhiala, who emphasised collaborative efforts among churches and members, says churches play a big role in offering social, educational, and health services, as well as helping address harmful social norms.

It is imperative, she says, for church members to push national leaders to engage and address persistent social matters.



Celma Ndhikwa