The Great Lakes Initiative (GLI) is a network of Christian individuals and organizations working towards peace and reconciliation in seven countries of the Great Lakes Region of East Africa.GLI is also a community of restless Christians yearning for 'new creation'- transformed families, communities and nations. The notion of 'new we' is an expression of the 'new creation' possible only 'in Christ'. It is legally registered as a not-for-profit entity in Uganda. GLI fosters leadership for reconciliation work in politically and ethnically divided communities.Through an annual leadership institute, it provides space and resources for the education, reflection, and renewal of Christian leaders.
L'Initiative des Grands Lacs (IGL/GLI) est un réseau d'individus et d'organisations chrétiennes qui travaillent pour la paix et la réconciliation dans sept pays de la Région des Grands Lacs de l'Afrique de l’Est. L’IGL est aussi une communauté des chrétiens infatigables désirant ardemment une nouvelle création- des familles, communautés et nations transformées. La notion du «nouveau nous» est une expression de la nouvelle création possible seulement «en Christ». Elle est légalement enregistrée comme une entité sans but lucratif en Ouganda. L’IGL encourage le leadership pour le travail de réconciliation dans les communautés politiquement et ethniquement divisées. A travers un institut annuel de Leadership, elle offre un espace et des ressources pour l'éducation, la réflexion, et le renouvellement des dirigeants chrétiens.
To mobilize restless Christian leaders from the Great Lakes Region, create a space for their transformation and empower them to participate in God’s mission of reconciliation in communities, organizations and nations.
Mobiliser des leaders chrétiens infatigables de toute la Région des Grands Lacs, créer un espace pour leur transformation, et renforcer leurs capacités en vue de participer à la mission de réconciliation de Dieu dans leurs communautés, organisations et nations.
An annual event for restless Christian leaders which provides rich theological content and discourse. This institute enables leaders to engage in a lively imagination and reflection on practices which can build peace and transform leaders using a theological, contextual and practical approach.
GLI Country Working Groups (CWGs) are self- organising and self-sustaining groups of GLI institute alumni. The CWGs are committed to realizing a vision of reconciled families, communities, organisations and their own nations. CWGs inspire others in this turbulent region with stories and testimonies of hope and signs of new “We” and healing often where it is hard to imagine that such stories of hope can be found or even realized in a violent and uncertain context.
The four founding partners of GLI are:
African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries was founded in 1994 in response to a crisis of Christian leadership in Africa following the genocide in Rwanda. ALARM works to strengthen the African church to be an instrument of transformation in the community by focusing on developing servant leaders, reconciling relationships, and transforming communities.
Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliation was established in 2005, the center is rooted in a Christian vision of God’s mission and advances God’s mission of reconciliation in a divided world by cultivating new leaders, communicating wisdom and hope, and connecting in outreach to strengthen leadership.
Mennonite Central Committee, a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, shares God's love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. MCC envisions communities worlwide in right relationship with God, one another and creation.
World Vision International is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.