The Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA) is a sub-regional expression of the Lutheran World Federation, consisting of 15 member churches in 10 Southern African countries working together for reconciliation, transformation, and empowerment; for holistic, relevant and contextual mission in word and deed to achieve peace and justice in church and society.
Our communion functions together, as a unified body, to address the various challenges facing our sub-region. Our mission is to facilitate our member churches in capacity building and the mobilization of resources to meet their needs.
The Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA) was founded in May 1991. It is the legal successor of the Federation of 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.
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:
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.
A communion in the Triune God; committed to justice, peace and reconciliation in church and society.
A comunhão no Deus uno e Trino; comprometida com a justiça paz e reconciliação na igreja e da sociedade.
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.
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.
Justice for All
Each and every person is created in God’s image and is gifted with talents and capacities and has dignity irrespective of social status, gender, ethnicity, age, ability or other differences. Our commitment to human rights and justice means that we work on the underlying causes of poverty and exclusion for a more equitable distribution of power, resources and opportunities. Development work has to provide the knowledge and techniques needed to ensure that the essential natural resources of communities are employed in a renewable and sustainable way.
LUCSA member churches and staff need to be non-discriminating, show no favouritism, use inclusive language especially where both men and women are involved, promote equal distribution of power, resources as well as opportunities (Psalms 99:4, Gal 3:26 &28).
LUCSA recognizes the inherent dignity of every person and supports vulnerable households and communities in their efforts to achieve justice, human rights and a sustainable future for the human family and the whole creation.
Respect for All
As a communion of churches we will value and seek to understand our diversity in faith and context. As LUCSA we will continue to work and dialogue with all people in a non-judgemental, non-discriminatory manner. This calls on us to be non-judgmental, non-discriminatory and commitment to equal treatment. (Eph 6: 2-4; Phil 2: 2-4; 1 Peter 2:17a)
Ecumenism & Partnership
LUCSA works with ecumenical partners in mission, diaconal and advocacy activities. We will continue our commitments to long term partners in search for Christian unity and to our emerging relationships with other Christian families and civil society to build mutual understanding in growth and growth in communion.
This calls upon LUCSA member churches and staff to be welcoming, constantly seek opportunities for synergy instead of competing, and be open to cooperation with other churches even those churches where there is not yet an open altar, united Christian voice by speaking an ecumenical and inclusive language as well as being sensitive to our doctrinal differences. (Acts 8:26 -40; Ecc. 4: 9-11)
Inclusion & Participation
Inclusive and participatory processes, a people-centred approach, and a focus on gender awareness and people with disabilities, networking and engagement in civil society, leading to sustainable development, characterize LUCSA programs. It is of necessity that LUCSA member churches and staff be accommodative, non-stigmatizing and non-discriminating, promoting equal participation, sensitive to the context of operation and to use every opportunity to create an enabling environment and commitment to rights-based and participatory approaches. (Mat 22:9)
Compassion & Commitment
LUCSA cares about people. Inspired by God’s love for humanity and preferential option for the poor and marginalized, LUCSA is committed to provide professional services with compassion for, and commitment to, people in need.
LUCSA member churches and staff need to demonstrate love for God and others, care for people, spirit of sacrifice, non discrimination, charitable, readiness to defend what they believe in, and spirit of volunteerism, diligence and sincerity. (Mic. 6: 8 and Eph.6:7-8)
Accountability & Transparency
LUCSA will strive to maximize its service capability through responsible stewardship of all entrusted resources. This will continue to be complemented by the highest standards, flexibility and pragmatism in program management. LUCSA is committed to transparency of its motives and aims as well as its financial transactions include also institutional decision making and governance, not only programme management to all stakeholders.
This calls for LUCSA member churches and staff to lead by example, effectively manage their time, guarantee the involvement of stakeholders in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of LUCSA initiatives, effective record keeping including making the records available for regular perusal by stakeholders. Above all, being truthful and responsible and honest is essential. (Acts 5:1-11; Roman 3:19; Ezekiel 33:6)
As a communion we are expected to live in accordance with personal convictions that are based on an understanding of God’s purposes for creation, humankind and the person as a river of real life. As LUCSA we are obliged to ensure that our actions are aligned with the Christian believes therefore we will demonstrate honesty and truthfulness in all we do. (Genesis 1:27-31)