Zim churches unite to protect the environment

THE Zimbabwe Church and Community Transformation Network (ZCCTN) has been launched marking the union of churches in the fight to mitigate climate change, better water and sanitation as well as environmental preservation and restoration. By Kudakwashe Pembere This network comprises of church affiliations such as the Ecumenical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ), Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) and some white garment churches. Secretary for the Food Security Department within ZCCTN Pastor Cleopas Munowekwenyu said the network has good three thematic areas. “As ZCCTN we have got three thematic areas that is…

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Ban On Unvaccinated Church Congregants Still Stands

Members from various churches gather at the women and girls symposium

THE Zimbabwean government has maintained that the ban on unvaccinated church congregants was still effective despite the high court having recently ruled giving churches temporary relief under the belief that that it was no longer mandatory for church members to get jabbed in order to attend church. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing journalists during post cabinet media briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monca Mutsvangwa said the risk of transmission was still high in paces of gathering and the church gatherings would not exceed 50% of the churches’ holding…

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#JUSTIN: Zim Churches To Reopen

PRESIDENT Emerson Mnangawa has announced that churches are now allowed to reopen but following strict social distancing and Covid-19 guidelines. By Michael Gwarisa In a national address on the state broadcaster, President Mnangagwa said the church was part of the essential services and the country needed spiritual healing. He also declared Monday, 15 June as the Presidential National Day of Prayer and Fasting I wish to acknowledge that our church leaders are essential personnel in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus. “Going forward gatherings for the purpose of worship not…

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Police Vetting For Sunday School Teachers To Curb Child Sexual Abuse

ZCC Liason Officer Rev Samuel Sifelani

ZIMBABWE churches have introduced police vetting for aspiring Sunday School teachers in a bid to reduce growing cases of Child Sexual abuse in churches, HealthTimes can reveal. By Michael Gwarisa This revelation was made by Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) Liaison Officer, Reverend Samuel Sifelani at the Women and Girls Symposium in Epworth recently. Our goal is to ensure that the church becomes a refuge for people facing abuse. However, sexual abuse has also become an issue in the church where people are facing various forms of abuse including sexual…

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Zim Churches Launch Campaign Against GBV

HEADS of Christian Denominations have called on all faith communities to break the silence that surrounds the epidemic of violence against women and girls under a theme “Speak Out! The campaign, which brought together hundreds of congregants and development partners, was launched at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Capital Harare as a precursor to the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence commemorated between November 25th and December 10th, which deliberately concludes on Human Rights Day, as Violence against Women and Girls is a gross human rights…

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Churches Embrace Condoms

By Michael Gwarisa CHURCHES in Zimbabwe are gradually embracing family planning and reproductive health initiatives including condoms, as the country moves towards reducing high fertility and the high teenage pregnancies cases that have rocked the country, HealthTimes has learnt. Apostolic sects and other churches have traditionally been known for being breeding grounds for underage marriages and teenage pregnancies owing to their beliefs which allow them to marry multiple “virgin” wives. Also Read: Zim Beats Global Family Planning target  Responding to a question during a Media Sensitisation Meeting on Adolescents Sexual Reproductive…

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