20.11.19 | News, Press Reports

Message from Bishop Jochen Cornelius-Bundschuh on Day of Prayer and Repentance

“Repentance as reverence for life"

Bishop Jochen Cornelius-Bundschuh (EKIBA) officially opened the meeting of the Mission Council by conducting a worship (Photo: EKIBA).

The Baden Bishop Jochen Cornelius-Bundschuh has spoken out against an understanding of penance as "morality and raised index finger, threat or dogmatism". Rather it is "about the goodness of God, the reverence for life, respect and togetherness as well as the character to protect oneself and others from sin", he explained in a sermon in Pforzheim-Hohenwart. The service took place on the occasion of the international meeting of the Mission Council of the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS).

"It is not our discipline or our good behaviour, but God's goodness that opens up a new perspective on life for us and for this earth," said the Bishop. But this also means "to avoid the ways of sin, not to constantly use one's elbows and to go one's way egoistically without consideration for losses, to allow child labour or starvation wages".

Cornelius-Bundschuh recalled the representatives of the World Council of Churches who came to Germany immediately after the Second World War to build bridges and to bring peace. At the same time he praised the commitment of EMS, among other things for fair working conditions and fair trade and against the exploitation of people.

The EMS was founded in 1972 and is an association of 23 churches and five mission societies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. It promotes a better quality of life and, as a Christian community, supports the rights of the poor, the marginalized and vulnerable. At its autumn meeting, the EMS Mission Council as governing body will discuss strategic development and confirm the recently signed partnership between the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea and the Moravian Church in South Africa, the first bilateral agreement between two member churches of its kind.

Press Contact: Jörg Conzelmann, Head of Corporate Unit Communications, conzelmann@dont-want-spam.ems-online.org, Phone +49 711 636 78 11, Mobile +49 178 636 78 36