The Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (EDAN) is a programme of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in the broad Programme area on Unity, Mission and Ecumenical Relations.
Established in 1998 by the 8th Assembly in Harare, Zimbabwe as a WCC structure, EDAN draws its mandate from the WCC Assemblies and has since its inception sought to pursue the place of persons with disabilities in a just society which the WCC seeks in its worldwide vision. The work of EDAN affirms its place in the call to the Pilgrim of Justice and Peace in which WCC and its member churches embarked since the 2013 Busan Assembly.
EDAN is managed as a decentralized operation with a governance board and a secretariat hosted by the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) in Nairobi, Kenya. It is led by a program executive, who is assisted by an international reference group which helps to envision and continuously evaluate the work. The work is backed up by eight volunteer regional representatives drawn from each of the eight WCC regions. The eight regional coordinators initiate and coordinate networks responsible for detailed operations regionally, nationally and locally. Their work responds to concerns specific to the particular situations in their regions.
‘A Church of all and for all, an epitome of a truly inclusive society’
‘To improve the livelihoods of persons with disabilities through advocating for their inclusion, participation and active involvement in all spiritual, social, economic and structural life of the church and society.’
Since EDAN is a structure of the WCC, principles and beliefs governing its operations, conduct and how it relates with the society and its stakeholders are guided by WCC values namely:
Unity: a call to the goal of visible unity in one faith and one Eucharistic fellowship
Mission and Evangelism: a call to promote a common witness in work for God’s mission and evangelism
Justice & Peace: a call to engage in Christian service by serving human need, breaking down barriers between people, seeking justice and peace, and upholding the integrity of creation
Pilgrimage: the call to fostering of renewal in unity, mission & evangelism, and service is a journey but not a destination.