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Kenya

ARC's faith partners in Kenya

ARC is working with seven faith groups in Kenya who have developed, or are developing long-term environmental action plans. Kenyan faith groups were among 26 Christian, Muslim and Hindu faith groups in sub-Saharan Africa that launched long-term environmental action plans at ARC's Many Heavens, One Earth, Our Continent Celebration in Nairobi, Kenya, in September 2012.

Our faith partners include:

  • AMECEA - Catholic University of Eastern Africa: Centre for Social Justice and Ethics
  • Anglican Church of Kenya
  • Bhumi Africa
  • Full Gospel Churches of Kenya
  • Kenya Episcopal Conference
  • Methodist Church in Kenya
  • Presbyterian Church of East Africa
  • Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM)

    Read more about their activities below.



    AMECEA - Catholic University of Eastern Africa: Centre for Social Justice

    The Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) is an umbrella body for Catholics in the region, covering Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

    AMECEA serves a total population of about 280 million people in these nine countries, of whom 48 million are Catholics in 120 different dioceses.

    AMECEA established the Centre for Social Justice and Ethics (CSJE) in 2002 in Nairobi, Kenya, as a research and resource centre for addressing justice and ethical issues in the region. It is part of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa which was set up by AMECEA 27 years ago and is the largest private University in Kenya, with over 7,000 students on two campuses outside Nairobi city.

    Long-term Commitment for a Living Planet

    The CSJE launched its long-term plan in Nairobi in September 2012. It has a unique approach that aims to engage Catholics, Christians and other faith groups in the AMECEA region on how best they can take care of their environment as a response to their Christian faith and the African vision of life.

    To read a summary of the plan, click here.

    To read the full plan, click
    here.



    Anglican Church of Kenya

    The history of the Anglican church of Kenya dates back to 1844. The Church has grown from those early days to over five million members throughout the country.

    The church has over 30 Dioceses, as well as six theological colleges, a social directorate of social services, a language school, a home for destitute children and a publishing house. The Anglican Church in Kenya is a member of the 70 million strong Anglican Communion.

    Long-term Commitment for a Living Planet

    The Anglican Church in Kenya is currently developing a long-term plan.



    Bhumi Africa

    The Bhumi Project is a worldwide Hindu response to the environmental issues facing our planet. It launched its Nine-Year Plan for environmental action at ARC’s Windsor Celebration in 2009. Bhumi Africa, as part of the larger Bhumi Project, is facilitated by the Hindu Council of Africa.

    There are 1.7 million Hindus in Africa. In Nairobi alone, there are 35,000 Hindus, making up 1% of Nairobi’s population. Between them they have established 27 temples; 40 social, cultural and sports facilities; 22 schools; nine medical facilities; more than 20 restaurants and hotels; and 10 written and radio media outlets.

    Long-term Commitment for a Living Planet

    Bhumi Africa launched its long-term plan in Nairobi in September 2012. To read a summary of Bhumi Africa's plans, click
    here.

    To read the full plan, click
    here.



    Full Gospel Churches of Kenya

    Full Gospel Churches of Kenya (FGCK) is a locally registered church. It was started by missionaries from Finland in 1949 and today has over 700,000 members. The Church is organised in 11 regions, 75 districts and 545 local church Assemblies and 5,000 branches spread across Kenya.

    It runs health facilities and children's homes, and has 124 pre-schools, 57 primary schools and one secondary school.

    Long-term Commitment for a Living Planet

    The Full Gospel Churches of Kenya launched its long-term plan in Nairobi in September 2012. To read a summary of the plan, click
    here.

    To read the full plan, click
    here.



    Kenya Episcopal Conference

    The Kenya Episcopal Conference is the Assembly of the Catholic Bishops in Kenya. The Conference covers the 26 Catholic jurisdictions in Kenya spread over four metropolitan provinces with their 20 Dioceses, four Archdioceses, one Apostolic Vicariate and one Military Ordinariat.

    There are almost nine million Catholics in Kenya, with more than 2,000 priests and almost 800 parishes. There are nearly 9,000 Catholic educational institutes, almost 2,000 church-run hospitals and clinics and charitable institutions.

    All 26 Catholic dioceses in Kenya have associations for Catholic women, men and young people. These are strong grassroots groups which ensure community participation.

    Long-term Commitment for a Living Planet

    The Kenyan Episcopal Conference launched its long-term plan in Nairobi in September 2012. To read a summary of the plan, click
    here.

    To read the full plan, click
    here.



    The MCK's core leadership met in March 2012 to develop its long-term environmental action strategy
    Methodist Church in Kenya

    The Methodist Church in Kenya (MCK) grew out of the United Methodist Free Churches which arrived in Mombasa in 1862. In 1967 the MCK became autonomous from the British Methodist Church and today has more than three million members, 384 full-time ministers, 1,000 congregations and 10 synods across Kenya.

    The MCK sponsors 553 schools and runs a university, three tertiary training institutes, one major hospital and 14 health centres. It has a Women’s Fellowship, Men’s Fellowship and Youth and Junior Church Conference fellowships.

    Long-term Commitment for a Living Planet

    The MCK launched its long-term plan in Nairobi in September 2012. To read a summary of the plan, click
    here.

    To read the full plan, click
    here.



    Presbyterian Church of East Africa

    The Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) dates back to 1891 when the Free Church of Scotland sent missionaries to East Africa. It was fully incorporated by 1956 and today has 450 pastors and more than 2,000 congregations in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

    The congregations are organised into 49 presbyteries and its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. It serves about three million people every week through Sunday worship services.

    The PCA runs the Presbyterian University of East Africa, 30 tertiary institutions, 168 secondary schools, 426 primary schools, three hospitals, health clinics and dispensaries as well as facilities for orphans, the deaf, the physically handicapped. It also has an active Church Men’s Fellowship and organisations for women and young people.

    Long-term Commitment for a Living Planet

    The PCEA launched its long-term plan in Nairobi in September 2012. To read a summary of the plan, click
    here.

    To read the full plan, click
    here.



    Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims

    Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) is the umbrella body of all the Muslim organisations, societies, mosque committees and groups in Kenya. The members of the Council are these organisations, societies, committees and groups affiliated to it and not individual Muslims.

    Muslims constitute 30% of Kenya's population - more than 10 million.

    Long-term Commitment for a Living Planet

    SUPKEM launched its long-term plan in Nairobi in September 2012. It is aimed at promoting participatory greening intervention based at individual, household and community level for management and protection of our environment to ensure the use but do not misuse doctrine of Islamic teaching on environment.

    It also includes:
  • Capacity building of the Sheikhs, Immams, Madrasa teachers on the importance of environmental conservation from Islamic perspective
  • Encouraging tree planting activities both at the individual and community level as part of sadakatul jaria
  • Sensitise Muslims communities on the causes and effects of climate change


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