South Sudan Council of Churches is an Ecumenical body comprised of seven (7) member Churches and associate Churches in South Sudan with a strong legacy of Peace building, reconciliation, and advocacy.
SSCC provides a platform to enhance the spirit of Ecumenical cooperation towards collective action for peace; by its very nature, the Church is a Peacemaker. Peace is more than just the absence of war and silence of guns, neither is peace attained overnight and as the Church, we commit ourselves to this long-term process.
Founded in 2013, its history dates to the late 1960s when the Sudan Council of Churches was formed by three (3) founder members, the Catholic, Episcopal (Anglican) and Presbyterian Churches before South Sudan became an independent State from Sudan in 2011.
Whereas the need for creating a forum for collective action and consultation on matters of common interest as well as enhancing the spirit of Ecumenical cooperation amongst Churches in the Sudan led to the establishment by the Anglican, catholic and Presbyterian Churches of the Sudan Council of Churches (SCC) in 1965, and due to the second civil war (1983-2005) the New Sudan Council of Churches (NSCC) in 1989 in the Sudan People’s Liberation/Army (SPLM/A) controlled areas, to a unified Sudan Council of Churches following the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005 and to separate Sudan Council of Churches (SCC) and South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) following the independence of South Sudan in 2011.
South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) through its Regional Offices, Community-level Inter-Church committees (ICCs) and the hundreds of local Churches within its membership, has reached millions of South Sudanese with peace building messages and activities to advocate, heal, for-give, reconcile, and give hope to the people of South Sudan devoted to peace with a vision of a peaceful prosperous and reconciled South Sudan built on Inclusive citizen engagement at all levels.
Due to the Church’s credibility, moral authority, and track records in previous conflict resolution, many within and outside South Sudan has recognized the Church major role in peace building under the Umbrella South Sudan Council of Churches.