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  • The UEM General Assembly

    September 22th - September 30th, 2022

UEM communion as guest in Villigst, Westphalia

"Be the salt of the Earth: acting together against violence and extremism for peace, justice and reconciliation," that is the motto of the 10th General Assembly of the United Evangelical Mission (UEM) which takes place from September 22th to September 30th, 2022, including Women's and Youth Pre-Assemblies. The 73 delegates of the international fellowship of churches in Africa, Asia and Germany are coming for the first time to the regional church meeting house in Villigst at the invitation of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia (EKvW).


Rev. Volker Martin Dally, UEM General Secretary

"After celebrating our 25th anniversary separately in each of the three regions, we can finally celebrate and live our communion of churches together!"

The Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the UEM and usually meets every three years. It is the only occasion when the representatives of the 38 member churches and the von Bodelschwinghschen Stiftungen Bethel come together in one place to pray, deliberate and celebrate together. 

GA-Song: Salt and Light

Our new Music Video brings to you the topic of our General Assembly. Here you can see the UEM being a singing, praying and working community that is always learning as we go on the way. We are invited to follow Gods path and to grow in the process. Together, we are Salt and Light. Here you find the link to our new Music Video.

Reports, Photos and Impressions of the General Assembly

  • Statement of the African Region on Peace and Solidarity

    During the General Assembly in 2022, the delegates of our African member churches have issued a statement regarding peace and solidarity. Here you can find the document.

  • Ceremonial Closing Service in St. Victor

    In a church service on Friday, 30.09.2022, the new moderator as well as the 13 new members of the internationally staffed Council were welcomed. The church St. Viktor in the center of Schwerte, Germany, offered the delegates and guests of the UEM a solemn setting for the introduction of the Council. Together they confessed to their willingness to serve the United Evangelical Mission. The previous members of the Council were bid farewell - with words of thanks for their great commitment from Volker Martin Dally, General Secretary of the UEM, and the applause of the UEM community. The service was the official closing of the General Assembly 2022 in Villigst, Germany. A heartfelt thank you also went from all delegates to the host, the Evangelical Church of Westphalia.

  • New Moderator and Council Elected

    Bishop Dr. Abednego Keshomshahara is the new Moderator of the United Evangelical Mission.

    66 delegates from the 39 members of the United Evangelical Mission elected in the plenary of the General Assembly in Villigst, Westphalia, Tanzanian theologian Dr. Abednego Keshomshahara as Moderator. Keshomshahara is head of the Northwest Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. During his PhD studies in Germany from 2003 to 2008 he already got to know the UEM through its scholarship program. He has been a member of the UEM Council since 2016. 

    In addition, the General Assembly elected four representatives each from Africa, Asia and Germany as well as one youth delegate to the fourteen-member UEM Council from among the delegates present. The selection of candidates for the international governing body took into account a balanced gender ratio and ratio of lay people and theologians.

    In the future, the Africa region will be represented on the UEM Council by the following persons: Mrs. Henriette Malinyota from the Baptist Church of Central Africa (CBCA) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mrs. Vuyokazi Christine Vinqi from the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA) in South Africa, Bishop Mothusi Letlhage from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Botswana (ELCB) and Bishop Gehaz Alex Malasusa from the Eastern Coast Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT-ECD).

    Elected from the Asia region were: Rev. Simpon Ferdinant Lion from the Evangelical Church of Kalimantan (GKE) in Indonesia, Mrs. Fransina Yoteni from the Evangelical Church of West Papua (GKI-TP), Ephorus Robin Butarbutar from the Toba Batak Christian Protestant Church in Indonesia (HKBP), and Bishop William P. Ebenezer Joseph from the Methodist Church in Sri Lanka (MC-SL).

    The German region will be represented in the future by Church Councilwoman Wibke Janssen from the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland, Ms. Annette Salomo from the Evangelical Church of Westphalia, Pastor Thomas Fender from the Evangelical Reformed Church, and Pastor Bernd Müller from the Evangelical Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck. The Youth from the three UEM regions will be represented on the board by Mr. Mikhael Sihotang from Indonesia. In addition, Mrs. Salomo, Bishop Letlhage and Ephorus Butarbutar were also elected by the delegates as Vice-Moderators.

    We wish Bishop Dr. Keshomshahara and the new Council Members all the best and God's blessing for their new tasks.

  • Building Inclusive Communities: Essay Competition and Study Day

    "Building Inclusive Communities - How Can Churches Fight against Discrimination, Exclusion and Violence?" was the topic of the study day on September, 27th, 2022 in the framework of the General Assembly. In discussions and workshops, the delegates of the UEM exchanged views on the question: "How do we encounter discrimination and exclusion in our churches and what can we do individually and especially together in the UEM to prevent discrimination, exclusion and violence?"

    One focus of the study day was the publication of the results of the essay competition. Launched in 2021 to mark the 25th anniversary of the internationalization of the UEM, this invited young people in all regions of Africa, Asia and Germany to reflect on the current challenges facing the churches. Most of the submitted essays address different forms of violence and living together in a multi-religious context, but reconciliation, poverty and drug addiction are also seen as church challenges. During the book launch, three authors were recognized for their outstanding essays. Norita Novalina Sembiring from Indonesia with her essay on supporting victims of natural disasters, Georges Nkuwa Milosi from the Democratic Republic of Congo with his essay on "witch children" in Kinshasa and the silence of the church, and Katarina Lange from Germany with her essay on the situation of single parents as a challenge for mission and diakonia were awarded 1,500 euros, 1,000 euros and 500 euros.. The selection of the winning authors was made by an international jury consisting of Professor Dr. Claudia Jahnel, Professor Dr. Dennis Solon and Dr. Jean Mutombo. With the exception of Georges Milosi, who was prevented from attending due to a stay in the USA, Norita Sembiring and Katarina Lange received their awards in person yesterday at the General Assembly of the UEM and presented their results in short statements. 

    The collection of essays can be downloaded free of charge here.


  • Partnership Award of UEM

    Within the framework of the UEM General Assembly, the International Partnership Award was officially awarded for the third time after 2016 and 2018 on the evening of 27.09.2022. Partnerships that promote equal exchange among the members of the UEM in a particularly innovative way were eligible to apply for the UEM prize. This time, the partnership projects submitted were under the motto "Joy of Partnership" and, according to the entry criteria, had to involve "all five senses".

    The first prize was awarded to the project: "Mime Arts For Life", Otjiwarongo. 

    The intercultural mime project is jointly initiated by the Otjiwarongo church district of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) and the Wesel church district of the Evangelical Church in Rhineland (EKiR). The project convinced the jury thanks to its creativity and innovative form of communication. Bishop Sageus Keib and Wolfgang Neuhausen accepted the 2,000 euro prize on behalf of all those involved in this partnership project. Wolfgang Neuhausen then showed the participants of the GA in a performance, in which everyone in the hall in Villigst enthusiastically participated, how much pantomomy contributes to translating messages into simple actions and thus emotionally touches and invites people to participate.

    The second prize went to the project: "The trilateral partnership between Java, Kigeme and Lennep".

    The trilateral partnership between the Christian Church of Northern Central Java (GKJTU) in Indonesia, the Kigeme Diocese of the Anglican Church in Rwanda (EAR) and the Remscheid church district of Lennep of the Evangelical Church in Rhineland (EKiR) uses this project to promote climate protection and sustainability in Africa, Asia and Germany in equal measure and takes into account the needs for environmental protection with a view to future generations. This prize was endowed with 1,000 euros.





  • Women's Pre-Assembly

    34 women meet in Villigst today, to start our women's pre assembly, prior to the General Assembly starting on Sunday.

    They discussed women's rights in both the UEM and the member churches and exchanged experiences from their different contexts. The pre assembly also heared a report of Dr. Jochen Motte as a member of the Management Team.

    Pre-Assemblies are a crucial part of our journey together as the UEM. Because only when those who are affected by oppression and exclusion can come together to unite their voices, can our world become more just and peaceful. As Christians, we speak of a life of abundance. This is where we are headed together, and this means to speak up for women's rights.

  • Ceremonial Opening of the 10th General Assembly

    The Assembly of the United Evangelical Mission started with a service in the Reinoldi Church in Dortmund.

    The service on 25.09.2022 focused on the theme of the 10th Assembly of the UEM: "Be the salt of the earth: acting together against violence and extremism - for peace, justice and reconciliation," in reference to Matthew 13-16 (You are the salt of the earth.).
    In prayers and in the sermon, the contributors from all regions of the UEM communion referred to the theme. They invited to reflect on the importance of salt and light for us humans and our earth. For them, the Assembly theme contains a clear message: a call to action!

    Rev. Rosmalia Barus, interim moderator of the UEM from Indonesia, expressed her gratitude for the invitation of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia to Germany. Furthermore, she reminded that the churches are obliged to carry peace, justice and reconciliation into the world and that this task can also mean making sacrifices.

    In her welcoming address, Annette Kurschus, President of the Westphalian Regional Church and Chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, emphasized the community cohesion within the UEM. She also recalled the support given to the German churches by the UEM member churches in Africa and Asia after the flood disaster in the summer of 2021: "Together we are united in the knowledge that we are all committed to the love of Christ and the pursuit of peace and reconciliation."
    Salt and Light - this is also the name of the song, which was composed especially for the Assembly and sung together for the first time during the service.

    During the reception that followed, delegates and guests expressed their joy about the meetings that were finally taking place in person again and the important exchange among each other.

  • Youth Pre-Assembly

    17 young adults (delegates and stewards of the Assembly) meet for the Youth Pre-Assembly in Dortmund to discuss and agree on common topics. The focus will be on young adults working together internationally and issues that are of concern to all UEM regions from a young perspective. "We are not only the future of the church, but also the present", with this statement they want to demonstrate that they actively participate in the UEM and need to be seen.





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