15. 07. 2011 | News, Archive 2011
EMS Mission Council in Hofgeismar was opened
The meeting of the International EMS Mission Council from 24-28 June 2011 in Hofgeismar (in the North of the German state of Hesse) started with a biblical reflection on the topic of the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation 2011 in Kingston/Jamaica “Glory to God and Peace on Earth”. A total of 34 delegates from 27 churches and mission societies of the EMS fellowship from 10 countries as well as staff from the Stuttgart secretariat were participating. Main topics on the agenda of the Mission Council’s meeting were the new Constitution, the sustainability of the EMS Fellowship, and the preparation of the 40th EMS anniversary in 2012.
Indonesia liaison officer Hans Heinrich introduced as predicant
During the opening service, Kirchenraetin (member of the church council) Susanne Labsch (Protestant Church of Baden) introduced the EMS liaison officer for Indonesia Hans Heinrich on behalf of Landesbischof (regional bishop) Dr. Ulrich Fischer officially to his new assignment as predicant of the Church of Baden. Heinrich accepts this mandate as part of his tasks as EMS liaison officer. When it comes to numbers, Indonesia is the best represented country in the international EMS fellowship, with nine out of 23 churches. Also participating in the consecration of Hans Heinrich were Inge Schneider, a member of the synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Wuerttemberg as well as Reverend Untung Kartawijaya, church president of the Toraja Mamasa Church on the island Sulawesi, where Hans Heinrich was working for six years as agricultural advisor and ecumenical coworker for EMS.
Susanne Labsch emphasized that Hans Heinrich’s assignment to become a predicant was especially important for the international EMS fellowship. Before, mostly ordained reverends had been able to be appointed EMS liaison officer. Hans Heinrich was the second one who was not ordained and still assigned with this task. In the future, the focus of his work will be on preparing and holding church services with guests from Indonesia as well as during partner group meetings and during the implementation of projects for Indonesia.
The Association of Churches and Missions in South Western Germany is a network of 23 churches and five mission societies in ten countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe working for worldwide mission and ecumenical inter-church cooperation. The Mission Council comprises 36 delegates from all the churches and mission societies. The chairperson is Rev. Marianne Wagner (Protestant Church of the Palatinate), her deputies are Rev. Dr. Habib Badr (National Evangelical Church of Beirut, Lebanon) and Rev. Klaus Rieth (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wuerttemberg). Rev. Bernhard Dinkelaker (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wuerttemberg) is the General Secretary of the Secretariat in Stuttgart.
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