Danish theologian elected moderator of ACT Alliance

Delegates of the 3rd General Assembly of ACT Alliance gathered in Uppsala, Sweden, have elected governing board member Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen, secretary-general of Dan Church Aid, as leader of the highest body of the network, on 31 October.

Qvist-Sørensen, from Denmark, is the new moderator of the alliance, a global network of 150 churches and church-related organizations working together in humanitarian aid, development and advocacy in over 125 countries.

She replaces Dr Sushant Agrawal and will be accompanied by Tegwende Léonard Kinda, from Dignus Burkina Faso, Africa, as vice-moderator, and Simangaliso Hove, from Lutheran Development Services, Africa, as treasurer.

The slate of 19 candidates for the governing board was widely supported by the voting delegates of the General Assembly, which meets every four years.

ACT Alliance’s 3rd General Assembly ends on 1 November, with a joint day of reflection on ecumenical diakonia and sustainable development with the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches.

On 30 October, the General Assembly approved a new membership model and the 2019-2026 Global Strategy.

Full list of new governing board members:

Isabel Phiri – World Council of Churches, Permanent Seat

Maria Immonen, The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Global – Permanent Seat

Minnieanne Mata Calub, National Council of Churches Philippines, Asia

Karen Janjua, Community World Service Asia, Asia

Qiu Zhonghui, Amity Foundation, Asia

Tegwende Léonard Kinda, Dignus, Burkina Faso, Africa

Girma Borishe, Ethiopian Evangelical Church Makane Yesus – Development and Social Services Commission (EECMY-DASSC), Africa

Simangaliso Hove, Lutheran Development Services Zimbabwe, Africa

Dragan M. Makojevic, Philanthropy The Charitable of the Serbian Orthodox Church, East Europe

Erik Lysén, Church of Sweden, West Europe

Martin Kessler, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, West Europe

Birgitte Qvist-Sorensen, DanChurchAid, West Europe

Joel Ortega Dopico, Cuban Council of Churches, Latin America and the Caribbean

Marta Judith Castañeda Amaya, Centro Evangélico de Estudios Pastorales en Centro América (CEDEPCA), Latin America and the Caribbean

Nicolás Rosenthal, Fundación Protestante Hora de Obrar, Latin America and the Caribbean

Ramzi Ibrahim Issa Zananiri, Department of Service to Palestinian Refugee: DSPR, Middle East

Rev. Dr Bob Mitchell, Anglican Overseas Aid, Pacific

Rev. Dr Laurie Ann Kraus, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Church, USA, North America

Ida Kaastra-Mutoigo, World Renew, North America