The Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA) is a communion of 15 member churches operating in 10 countries throughout Southern Africa. We are one of three sub-regional expressions in Africa of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF).

Through mutual accompaniment, LUCSA member churches seek to grow in capacity for holistic mission, proclaiming the Gospel, serving and advocating for peace, justice and sustainable development throughout the sub-region.

History

History

The Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA) was founded in May 1991. It is the legal successor of the Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Southern Africa (FELCSA) which was formed in 1966 as the need for communion within the Lutheran churches across racial lines was felt. LUCSA is one of the three sub-regional expressions of the Lutheran World Federation within Africa, which understands itself as a communion of churches. The other two communions are the Lutheran Communion in Central and Eastern Africa (LUCCEA) and the Lutheran Communion in Western Africa (LUCCWA).

LUCSA was inaugurated in a constituent assembly which met at the Lutheran Church Centre in Kempton Park (Johannesburg) in 1991. Since then LUCSA has developed into a platform which enables its member churches to collectively respond to the challenges and the needs of the sub-region.

Identity

Our Lutheran Identity

Our identity as Lutherans is rooted in the Bible and our history. Our member church contexts continue to shape our faith, theology and understanding of God’s mission.

To be Lutheran is to be:

  • Evangelical
  • Sacramental
  • Diaconal
  • Confessional
  • Ecumenical

While the central convictions of the Lutheran tradition are not uniquely ours, its distinctive patterns and emphases shape the way in which we respond to the challenges and questions we face today.

 

Vision

A communion in the Triune God; committed to justice, peace and reconciliation in church and society.

Visão

A comunhão no Deus uno e Trino; comprometida com a justiça paz e reconciliação na igreja e da sociedade.

Mission

To equip its member churches through reconciliation, transformation and empowerment; for holistic, relevant and contextual mission in word and deed to achieve peace and justice in church and society.

Missão

Para equipar suas igrejas-membro através da reconciliação, transformação e empoderamento; holistico rel evannte e missão contextual na palavra e na acção para alcançar a paz e a justiça na igreja e na sociedade.