We live in a world torn apart. Some live in abundance, others have fewer rights and not enough to live on. People become isolated, relationships and community are lost, and the social and natural foundations of our lives are increasingly destroyed.
Knowing that we are all members of the body of Christ, we follow his example and invite people into a learning, serving and praying communion across continents and cultures. In following him, we work for a more just, peaceful world, the integrity of creation, and the sharing of the Gospel so that all people may enjoy life in abundance.
We believe that all human beings are created in the image of God and therefore possess inalienable dignity and rights. Therefore
we stand up for human rights
we support initiatives for the peaceful resolution of conflicts
we make joint efforts to achieve just economic conditions and good governance
we are committed to the protection of the environment
We testify that all people are created in the image of God. That is why
we maintain grassroots networks to fight HIV and AIDS and to care for orphans, widows and those infected with HIV
we work to improve the living conditions of people, especially those with disabilities.
strive to improve health care and promote physical and mental health for all people
we support churches in their efforts to help people in need, whether through man-made or natural disasters.
We are convinced that God's love always empowers and strengthens people. That's why
we support programs that empower men, women and young people to become self-reliant
we conduct educational programs
we offer scholarships for professional development to help our member churches improve the skills of their employees
we contribute to overcoming poverty in all its forms.
We believe that through the gospel God's power of redemption and renewal is at work. Therefore
we strengthen one another in our spiritual life and develop and promote evangelistic projects to share the Word of God with all people and invite them to trust in Christ
we promote common programs
promote theological exchange
encourage and support our members to learn from each other how Christians can respectfully encounter people of other faiths.
We see ourselves as members of the one body of Christ. Therefore
we encourage and support various forms of partnership among our members, based on respect, reciprocity and transparency
we facilitate reciprocal visits between volunteers and professionals
we build partnership networks to enable and strengthen multilateral relationships.
The UEM in its present form emerged from the work of the Rhenish Mission, the Bethel Mission and the Zaire Mission. Our 39 members today are Protestant churches in Africa, Asia and Germany and the von Bodelschwingh Foundations Bethel, which have been working together on an equal footing since 1996. All members from Africa, Asia and Germany have the same rights when it comes to financial and political decisions within the organization. The expression of this equality is the Council, which is composed on the basis of parity, and the General Assembly of the UEM, which is composed according to the delegate principle and in which our African and Asian members form the majority.
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