3. 11. 2014 | News, Archive 2014

50 church leaders from ten countries are guests in Arnoldshain

General Meeting of the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS) in Arnoldshain from 4 to 8 November 2014 - key topic: "Youth"

"The new EMS bodies have decided to increase the involvement of young people in their programmes and projects. International exchanges are our trademark. A mission society such as the EMS offers the best chances for young people to come together. In view of religious tensions in many countries in particular, our main intention is to demonstrate that it is possible for people of different languages, cultures and religions to coexist," says Marianne Wagner, Chairwoman of the EMS General Meeting and the Mission Council and Pastor for World Mission and Ecumenism in the Protestant Church of the Palatinate. The key topic of this year's EMS General Meeting as well as the Strategy Plan 2014-2020 is "Youth".

The General Meeting of the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS) convenes every two years - and this week it is meeting for the first time since its constitutional meeting in 2012. Two years ago, the separation which previously existed between members with voting rights in Germany and Switzerland and partners in Africa, Asia and the Middle East was rescinded. This transformed a German missionary society into an international fellowship of members with equal rights. The highest body of the EMS is composed of 51 delegates from all 28 members. They jointly decide on fellowship policy and orientation and on long-term strategy.

Delegates from member churches of the EMS in eight countries are at your disposal to talk on a variety of topics:

  • Jordan and Lebanon: Situation of Christians in the Middle East and appraisal of the situation in Syria
  • Japan: Impacts of the triple disaster (earthquake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown) on democracy.
  • South Korea: Commitment of churches for reunification / "monthly prayers"
  • Ghana: Violence prevention by church peacemakers with Christians and Muslims
  • South Africa: Poverty and richness in the largest economy in Africa
  • India: Situation of women, work and church with Dalits
  • Indonesia: Election year - analyses and outlook in the largest Muslim country in the world

The General Meeting will take place in the Matin-Niemöller-Haus, the conference centre of the Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau (EKHN), Am Eichwaldsfeld 3, 61389 Schmitten on 4 to 8 November 2014.

Press contact:
Regina Karasch-Böttcher, karasch@ems-online.org, Phone: +49 711 636 78-85; Mobile: +49 178 62 000 52

Jürgen Reichel, Phone: +49 711 636 78-21

New: Mission Moves - Assignment in Cameroon (report/documentary)
This year, Leoni and Philipp decided against spending their holidays on the beach and opted for a work camp. They wanted to lend a hand and get to know the country and people at close hand. Together with 20 young people from four countries, they travelled to an international work camp in Cameroon organised by the Basel Mission - German Branch. Corinna Waltz accompanied them with her camera. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNSDRNd7DHU 

People who like, comment on and share EMS
Thumbs up for the international EMS Fellowship. The Facebook page went online promptly for the General Meeting at the beginning of November. The social network connects people world-wide - fast and free of charge. With its Facebook site, the EMS also wants to network digitally. www.facebook.com/missioninsolidarity