Malawi’s Adventist Leadership Distances Itself from Interfaith Peace and Justice Initiative
1 August 2019 | The Adventist denomination in Malawi has distanced itself from an interfaith group led by Evangelical Lutheran Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe. The recently-launched Interfaith Forum for Peace, Justice and Dialogue aims to resolve political unrest in Malawi.
Frackson Kuyama, the president of the Adventist Church in Malawi, requested that Bvumbwe take him off the list of founding members of the group despite the fact that Kuyama had been attending meetings with other church leaders aimed at encouraging political dialogue.
Kuyama claimed that Adventist denominational practice was to first dialogue with the church’s headquarters before joining any entity.
Malawi 24 reported on July 31 that despite his reluctance to be part of the forum, Kuyama stressed Adventist willingness to pray for peace in the country.
The leader of Malawi’s Living Water Church also asked to be removed from the list of the group’s founding members.
According to the denomination’s Office of Archives, Statistics and Research, there were 1,493 churches and a membership of 558,273 in Malawi as of June 30, 2018.