The Nordic Africa Institute

Council on Ecumenical and International Relations in Norway, CEIR

History

Name of archive: Den norske kirke - Kirkerådet med forløpere, Mellomkirkelig råd med forløpere og Bispedømmerådets fellesmøter (The Church of Norway - the Church council and its predecessors, Council on Ecumenical and International Relations and its predecessors, and the Bishops' council).

The older material is cataloged and organized at the National archives, an extract has been given to NAI. Newer archive material is still in the possession of Mellomkirkelig råds offices. There is no catalog, but a list of relevant material has been translated for NAI.

Type of organization: Mellomkirkelig råd is a council under the Church of Norway, the official Norwegian state church. Mellomkirkelig råd has among its duties the coordination of international church issues.

Secondary reading:
*Berit Hagen Agøy "The Freedom Struggle in Southern Africa: The Role of the Norwegian Churches 1948-1994" published in Eriksen 2000: "Norway and national liberation in Southern Africa".
*Mellomkirkelig råd also published a booklet in Norwegian and English by Trond Bakkevig in 1995 ("The Church of Norway and the struggle against apartheid"), which can be ordered from Mellomkirkelig råd.
*According to the booklet, (attachment 1), a compilation of 20-30 statements regarding Apartheid and South Africa can be obtained from Mellomkirkelig råd.

Historical outline: The Church of Norway has a long history of involvement in Southern Africa. Norwegian missionaries have been active in South Africa since 1847 and a St. Olav church for Norwegians and their descendants was established in Durban as early as 1880.

From 1948 on, the Church became gradually more involved with churches in South Africa and the struggle against apartheid, working with various church groups and associations in South Africa, like the Christian Institute and SACC.

The Church became one of the key actors in the Norwegian support for the liberation of Southern Africa, and vice versa - South Africa became an important part of the activities of the church: "For decades South Africa was central for the Church of Norway's international work. The official racism in a country far away produced a deep reaction in Norway." (1)

According to Berit Hagen Agøy (2), approximately USD 35 million passed from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Church, which transferred the money to anti-Apartheid organizations and individuals in Namibia and South Africa. The churches in South Africa were also increasingly important for the liberation struggle within the country, as many anti-apartheid organizations were banned.

1. Translated from the Norwegian edition of T. Bakkevig: "The Church of Norway and the Struggle against Apartheid".

2. Agøy: "The Freedom Struggle in Southern Africa: The Role of the Norwegian Churches 1948-1994" in Eriksen 2000: "Norway and national liberation in Southern Africa".

Contents

[Sub-collection] Church of Norway Development Education Service: Kirkens U-landsinformasjon (KUI)
[Series] Mellomkireklig råd 1984-90
[Volume] Statements

[Series] Mellomkirkelig råd 1971-78
[Volume] Mellomkirkelig råd. Support, contribution. Projects in Southern Africa

[Series] Administration 1979-84
[Volume] Administration. Projects in Southern Africa.

[Series] Mellomkirkelig råd 1990-95
[Volume] Statements

[Series] International Questions 1970-78
[Volume] International Questions. Activities in various countries. SACC, South African Council of Churches
[Volume] International Questions. Activities in various countries. Visits to South Africa
[Volume] International Questions. Activities in various countries. Namibia
[Volume] International Questions. Activities in various countries. Other African countries
[Volume] International Questions 1970-78. Activities in various countries

[Series] Mellomkirkelig råd 1984-90
[Volume] Projects in Southern Africa
[Volume] Reports
[Volume] Applications and proposals 1984-90
[Volume] International Questions 1970-78

[Series] Mellomkirkelig råd 1990-95
[Volume] Administration, accounts. Nordic - SADCC Cooperation

[Series] Mellomkirkelig råd 1984-90
[Volume] Administration

[Series] Mellomkirkelig råd 1990-95
[Volume] Projects in Southern Africa
[Volume] Reports
[Volume] Applications and proposals 1990-95
[Volume] Transfers 1990-95

[Series] South Africa until 1995, number 8
[Volume] Foundation for Peace and Justice 1995
[Volume] The Norwegian Church, issues on South Africa, general 1995
[Volume] Foundation for Peace and Justice 1995

[Series] KISP - Committee for international questions 1979-84
[Volume] KISP - Committee for international questions. Activities in various countries. Southern Africa
[Volume] KISP - Committee for international questions. Activities in various countries. Southern Africa
[Volume] KISP - Committee for international questions. Activities in various countries. Southern Africa
[Volume] KISP - Committee for international questions. Activities in various countries. Southern Africa

[Series] South Africa until 1995, number 9
[Volume] Foundation for Peace and Justice
[Volume] The Foundation for Peace & Justice Report on Investigation Feb. 1995 Vol I
[Volume] The Foundation for Peace & Justice Report on Investigation Feb. 1995 Vol II

[Series] KISP - Committee for international questions 1979-84
[Volume] KISP - Committee for international questions. Activities in various countries. Southern Africa

[Series] Mellomkirkelig råd 1990-95
[Volume] Nordic - SADCC Cooperation
[Volume] Nordic - SADCC Cooperation
[Volume] Nordic - SADCC Cooperation
[Volume] Nordic - SADCC Cooperation
[Volume] Nordic - SADCC Cooperation

[Series] Mellomkirkelig råd 1984-90
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. Various Correspondence
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. Reports from travels in Southern Africa
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. Visits from South Africa
[Volume] Projects, various correspondence.

[Series] Mellomkirkelig råd 1984-90
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. SACC, The South African Council of Churches
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. SCAT, The Social Change Assistance Trust
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. Diakonia
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. IDASA
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. HEWSA, The Health, Education and Welfare Society
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. The Foundation for Peace and Justice

[Series] Mellomkirkelig råd 1990-95
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. Various documents. Cooperation with Church of Norway Aid.
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. Travel reports and conferences.
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. Visits from South Africa. Visit from delegation from IDASA
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. Projects

[Series] Mellomkirkelig råd 1984-90
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. Namibia
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. Projects in South Africa. The Legal Resource Centre
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. Projects in South Africa. Kevin Harris Production
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. Projects in South Africa. The Grahamstown Rural Committee
[Volume] Activities on Southern Africa. Projects in South Africa. The Ecumenical Advice Bureau
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. Projects in South Africa. R. Vassen
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. Projects in South Africa. The Ecumenical Bursary Fund
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. Projects in South Africa. The Crisis Care Centre
[Volume] Activities in Southern Africa. Projects in South Africa. The Ecumenical Centre Trust

[Series] Mellomkirkelig råd 1990-95
[Volume] Projects in South Africa. SACC, The South African Council of Churches
[Volume] Projects in South Africa. SCAT, The Social Change Assistance Trust
[Volume] Projects in South Africa. Diakonia
[Volume] Projects in South Africa. IDASA
[Volume] Projects in South Africa. HEWSA, The Health, Education and Welfare Society
[Volume] Projects in South Africa. The Foundation for Peace and Justice

[Series] Mellomkirkelig råd 1984-90
[Volume] Other projects
[Volume] Nelson Mandela
[Volume] Desmond Tutu
[Volume] Contact and co-operating organisations
[Volume] Various documents on activities on South Africa
[Volume] Conferences etc.
[Volume] Sanctions etc.
[Volume] Statements
[Volume] Rejected projects
[Volume] Correspondance

[Series] Mellomkirkelig råd 1990-95
[Volume] Various projects in South Africa. The Legal Resource Centre
[Volume] Various projects in South Africa. Kevin Harris Production
[Volume] Various projects in South Africa. The World Conference on Religion and Peace
[Volume] Various projects in South Africa. The Ecumenical Advice Bureau
[Volume] Various projects in South Africa. R. Vassen
[Volume] Various projects in South Africa. The Ecumenical Bursary Fund
[Volume] Various projects in South Africa. The Crisis Care Centre
[Volume] Various projects in South Africa. The Ecumenical Centre Trust
[Volume] Various projects in South Africa. Various projects.

[Series] Mellomkirkelig råd 1990-95
[Volume] Projects in South Africa. Elections in South Africa in 1994.
[Volume] Nobel Peace Prize
[Volume] Nelson Mandela
[Volume] Desmond Tutu
[Volume] Various documents on activities on South Africa
[Volume] Conferences etc.
[Volume] Sanctions etc.
[Volume] Statements, opinions
[Volume] Rejected applications 1991-95
[Volume] Reports from Norwegian participants
[Volume] Reports
[Volume] Norwegian participation in EMPSA
[Volume] Kairo's document

[Series] South Africa until 1995, number 24
[Volume] Round Table (1995)
[Volume] Round Table – SACC 1995
[Volume] Reports from The South African Council of Churches 1994
[Volume] Reports from The South African Council of Churches 1994

[Series] Protocol - Committee for International Questions 1971-78

Access

Material from 1919 to 1984 is located at the National Archives (Riksarkivet) in Oslo. For details and opening hours, see http://www.riksarkivet.no.external link
Material from 1984 to the present (around 6 boxes) is located at the offices of Mellomkirkelig råd, CEIR.

Address

Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and International Relations [Mellomkirkelig råd - Den norske kirke]
Rådhusgata 1-3,
Pb 799 Sentrum,
N-0106 Oslo
NORWAY
Telephone: +47 23 08 12 00,
Fax 23 08 12 01,
E-mail: post.kirkeradet@kirken.no
Web site: http://www.kirken.noexternal link

Extent:

Unknown.

Ref. code:

1251.8/11 at Riksarkivet (National archives)

Country:

Norway

Period:

1970-1995

Keywords:

Council on Ecumenical and International Relations in Norway CEIR Church of Norway Southern Africa Christian Institute SACC South Africa Namibia History Anti-apartheid movements Solidarity movements Liberation organizations Anti-racism movements Religious organizations Religious missions Christianity Financial support