Michael Cassidy, the founder of African Enterprise, has been involved in evangelism, teaching and leadership ministries since 1962, the year he launched AE in Pietermaritzburg. Today, AE has evangelistic teams in Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zim babwe. He has been instrumental in calling together several major gatherings of church leaders over the years and also played a leading role in behind-the-scenes negotiations in the run-up to the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994. Michael has written several books the latest being a treatise on John chapter 17, entitled The Church Jesus Prayed For. He is currently writing his memoirs. He is also an avid sports fan, particularly cricket, rugby, and tennis. He and his wife, Carol, live in Hilton, near Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. They have two daughters, a son, and eight grandchildren.
Freedom of Speech and Reasonable Accommodation
Speaker to Be Announced
In this session Fiona will explore the importance of freedom of speech and religion in society and look at issues of pluralism and equality. As both a qualified lawyer and a Member of the British Parliament in 2010; Fiona brings expertise in how religious freedoms are vitally important for the expression of our faith in society. Fiona has been involved in serval major projects in the UK looking at how the implementation of the reasonable accommodation could be used to protect Christians, and those of other faiths, to maximise their freedoms within society.
Emerging and Progressive Threats to Christian Religious Freedoms: An Update
Christian values were and continue to be not only instrumental but also essential to the development of a free, equitable, and flourishing society where people enjoy the protection of their fundamental human rights. While freedom of expression and freedom of religion have always known some restrictions, the progressive attempt to redraft our societal and moral values has a drastic impact upon their interpretation. Slowly sweeping away the Christian fundamental values from the foundation of our society not only leaves an irreplaceable gap but also facilitates the creation of legal anomalies. Such anomalies include the legislative trends regarding abortion, same-sex marriage and child education. This presentation will give an update from Paul’s work since his presentation at ELF 2016 and provide key developments and encouragements from the Bodnariu case.
Learning Community: Leadership in the Public Square
Andrea Zaki Stephanous and Joseph D'Souza
This session will provide a unique opportunity to learn how God has grown and developed global leaders. The Network will learn together in community through opportunities for questioning and personal reflection. This particular learning community concept seeks to facilitate the best conversations possible around key topics that will bring about significant and long-lasting impact into the lives and organisations to which participants belong.
Reconciliation in the Public Square
In his comments Michael Cassidy will share out of the deep experiences of himself and his teams in the arenas of seeking reconciliation all across Africa, first in the Church and then spilling over into the Society and the Public Square. Michael will illustrate his points via stories out of reconciliation endeavours, for example in South Africa, Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe, and elsewhere. He will also share about nation-changing gatherings and backstage Second-Track Diplomacy in the years running up to South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. Some of the latter contributed significantly to South Africa coming through to a peaceful resolution of its deep conflicts in the years leading up to 1994. He will also articulate some of the key principles of what he calls “The Politics of Love,” this being the title of one of his important books written before Apartheid came down. Michael believes some of these principles are relevant for many other situations around the world, as for example when he shared them in Northern and Southern Ireland.
A View from Africa's Great Lakes
Session 1: TBA
Where Do We Go From Here? Painting a Better Picture
Charlie Hoare and Cameron Dobbie
There is no area in the realm of politics and society into which our Christian faith does not speak. Across this Network participants have grappled with considerable issues of our day and sought to understand how we as Christians can best stand for the Lord and help His Church shine as a light for hope and truth. This session will bring together the key points that have emerged from across the four days with opportunities for participants to express their take-home points.