Blantyre Synod firm on homosexuality, abortion


BLANTYRE Synod of the CCAP says it remains unmoved on its stance against homosexuality and abortion. The synod reiterated its position at a press briefing on Friday where it outlined its resolutions from the 31st Biannual conference held at Multipurpose Hall in Blantyre.

The synod’s General Secretary Reverend Alex Benson Maulana said delegates at the conference have agreed not to backtrack on its earlier stand on the controversial issues of abortion and homosexuality.

“As a synod, the only marriage we recognise is that between a man and a woman because that is what the bible which we read, says. We are not changing our position unless the bible is written otherwise. We also believe that abortion is sinful and against the biblical principles,” he said.


Abortion and homosexuality debates have in the recent times divided the nation, with some religious  quarters supporting the pending Termination of Pregnancy Bill yet to be tabled in parliament and others condemning it.

Maulana further said delegates at the meeting have also resolved to avoid partisan politics as the country prepares for the 2019 tripartite elections.

“We have reminded ourselves to continue praying for the country as we prepare for the elections. We work with the government of the day but when it comes to partisan politics, it’s a no. If a minister wants to join politics then they must resign from the synod,” he said.


At the conference, the synod elected Reverend Masauko Mbolembole as its moderator, Reverend Moyenda Kanjerwa as the deputy general secretary and Reverend Marriam Chipeta Banda as the vice synod moderator.

Reverend Mbolembole said delegates at the conference also resolved to take issues of human trafficking head on. He said there is rampant human trafficking where people are being taken to work in inhuman conditions abroad and the synod will do its part to bring the vice to an end.

On her part, Reverend Chipeta Banda said the meeting resolved to promote youth departments of the synod by promoting youth ministries and sports.

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