Introduction: “Sharing Knowledge With Communities”: Good governance and Care for the Environment “Sharing Knowledge with communities” is a program of the Protestant University of Rwanda which aims at translating in Kinyarwanda researches done by this institution then sharing the findings with pastors, lay persons, women, youth, pastors’ spouses and leaders of local communities. Initiated in 2015 with the finding of Church Help churches from the protestant churches in Germany, the first phase [2015-2017] of the project trained 300 pastors from protestant churches founding members of PIASS. This phase focused on the volumes containing the findings on three major themes: a. History of Christianity in Rwanda from beginning to present day; b. Healing the wounds of the traumas of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi; c. Managing conflicts in families and communities. Factors contributing to failure and success.
The second phase [September 2017-September 2019] target to sharing knowledge with 500 leaders, comprising 200 pastors, 200 pastors’ spouses and 100 lay persons. This phase use the findings of recent research done in the Protestant university on the following topics: a. Good Governance. Rule of Laws, Participation, Transparency, Accountability and other virtues. Where do the Churches of Rwanda stand?; b. Together for the survival of the Planet.Our Contribution to mitigate climate change and global warming; c. Christian theologies in Africa and the reformation legacy; d. Ecumenism and Church Unity in Rwanda; e. Diaconia in Protestant churches.
The seminar is a tree days session focusing of reading, discussing in groups and reporting the major discoveries from one of the above mentioned handbooks per day. The group report always ends with the adoption of the resolutions each group adopted to respectively implement in their parish. Following are an account of some insights of the reporting during the June 2018 session of pastors.