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The Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA)
The Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA) is a programme established by the churches in Africa with the support of partner churches in Europe and North America. The background to the founding of the Programme goes back to the political and religious climate of Africa in the 1950’s. The political climate of those years was marked by an increase of African nationalist movements which agitated for independence from the colonial masters. These movements advocated for co-operation and collaboration across the diverse linguistic, ethnic, religious and cultural frontiers to rid Africa of colonialism.On the religious front the churches were very much aware that Christianity was portrayed more and more as the religion of the colonialists, and the missionary presence seen as a symbol of the continuous presence of colonialism. In a situation like this, the churches were considering how they would become self-governing, self-supporting and self-propagating once independence was achieved. It was in the area of self-propagation that the seed of PROCMURA was sown.