CJP alum converts DR Congo campus into peacebuilding center

An Eastern Mennonite University Center for Justice and Peacebuilding alum Fidele Ayu Lumeya MA ’00 returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo this month to direct the Congo Ubuntu Peacebuilding Center at the Cemtre Universitaire de Missiologie in the capital city Kinshasa.

Lumeya is among several CJP alumni to begin peacebuilding trainings, centers or institutes across the globe. Twelve of these endeavors are profiled in the 2014-15 Peacebuilder magazine (pictured at right).

In 1995, Lumeya’s family purchased a 50-building church campus, where they established a missiology university. Beginning this academic year, which starts in October, conflict, justice, peace and trauma studies will be integrated into the missiology program.

“The center Ubuntu is going to focus more on researching the makeup of peace in several villages of Congo and how peace has been sustained after more than 50 years, since the independence of Congo,” Lumeya said. “The lessons learned and best practices will then lead to publications, conferences, etc. We are going to work with the court system to strengthen the peace tribunals that can only be found in Congo. We will assist them in reframing the restorative justice which was the goal of these tribunals.”

Lumeya has lived and worked in the United States for 25 years, including as the executive director for the Congolese American Council for Peace and Justice and for the Dianne and Lillie Foundation. He has also worked as associate director of international emergency response for Church World Service, as an advocate at Refugees International and with Mennonite Central Committee in Zambia and Angola. 

“This for me is a dream come true,” Lumeya said.

In The Congo: The Long Road to Peace and Justice, Lumeya posits that Africa-rooted restorative justice practices is the way to address “deep-seated, real issues rather than their symptoms.”  

Discussion on “CJP alum converts DR Congo campus into peacebuilding center

  1. Thanks for this program at Center of Missiology in Congo. I have blessed in this program in Mindolo [Zambia] through Fidel when he was co-director in the MCC program in Angola. This helped to write my Ph.D thesis at the Universty of Pretoria later in 2008, about reconciliation ministry. Comparative Study of the TRC and the Luena Memorandum in Angola. The helped me also in teaching Peace and Mission at CUM denominated as Paxology and Mission in 2015. We hope that with Fidel Lumeya this program will be greatly helpful for students ministers around the francophony.
    Prof. Lutiniko Landu Miguel Pedro/Luanda

  2. I respect Fidele Lumeya for his effort to bring reconciliation between Tutsi and Hutu in 1995-1997 in east of DRC, he is an humanitarian man. He was support me in my education process. It can make me happy to see him to introduce that center in Rwanda where I live .

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