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The Synod renews its support for the promotion of small Christian communities (SCCs) that firmly build up the Church-Family of God in Africa. The SCCs are based on Gospel-sharing, where Christians gather to celebrate the presence of the Lord in their lives and in their midst ... Under the guidance of their pastors and catechists, they seek to deepen their faith and mature in Christian witness, as they live concrete experiences of fatherhood, motherhood, relationships, open fellowship, where each takes care of the other. This Family of God extends beyond the bonds of blood, ethnicity, tribe, culture, and race.
Propositio 35
Synod for Africa (2009)
Faith in Christ, who is present and active, is a dynamic, moral force in Christians' lives, making them capable of living in solidarity and sharing with the poor, the sick, orphans and widows, all of whom are identified with Christ (cg. Mt 25) as they transmit his love, his goodness and his compassion. Consequently, Christ's disciples carry out their work in a conscientious manner, which is the basis for their taking charge of parishes to every extent possible and their forming future priests and consecrated persons in the midst of Small Christian Communities.
The Church in Africa,
II Special Assembly
for Africa of the Synod of Bishops,
Instrumentum Laboris, 76
Christ's lay faithful share in the threefold mission of Christ, priest, prophet and king, because they are members of the People of God. They are therefore called to live their vocation and mission at all levels of society, especially in the socio-political, socio-economic, and socio-cultural spheres. In this way, they become the "salt of the earth" and the "light of the world," as they serve reconciliation, justice and peace in these spheres of society... Small Christian Communities are to offer assistance in the formation of the People of God and serve as a place for concretely living out reconciliation, justice and peace.
Propositio 37
Synod for Africa (200