UEM Africa Regional Board (ARB) Meeting held in ELCT- East and Coastal Diocese (ECD)
“UEM African member Churches decide to increase their membership fees and to be more committed to the UEM United Action Campaign”, shares Bishop Mothusi J. Letlhage of the ELCB and the ARB chairman, today in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
From the 1st to the 3rd of September 2017, nine (9) UEM ARB members met at their inaugural meeting in Dar es Salaam at the ELCT - ECD, after their election in the last 2016 UEM General Assembly and 2017 Africa Regional Assembly.
The event started on Friday 1st September with a lively opening conducted by Bishop Dr Alex Malasusa of ECD, the ECD Staff and a choir of Azania Front Cathedral. The UEM General Secretary, the Rev Volker Martin Dally presented the UEM greetings from other UEM members in Germany, Asia and the UEM co-workers. He explained that in UEM financial projections, membership fees are a great contribution for the work implemented by churches. This was illustrated in co-workers’ reports on different UEM support to African churches: joint programs, donations from German churches, yearly budgets, short or long term co-workers, scholarship program, occasional or emergency support, projects related to the UEM Corporate Identity in five areas: Evangelisation, Diaconia, Advocacy, Development and Partnership.
The ARB thanked all UEM supporters, shared and discussed how churches can promote joint action, grow and work together for a sustainable development in Africa. It was appreciated how UEM support reaches member churches through projects which are touching people in need at the grassroots levels and making a great difference in people’s lives. Twenty years after the internationalization of UEM, it is evident that there has been a church growth and the economic situation of member churches and communities has positively changed as a result of the church work supported by UEM. Churches were reminded to be committed to a good communication and a transparent reporting on the received UEM support.
In appreciation of the UEM work and support, an important decision was taken by the Africa Board to encourage all African member churches to increase their membership fees and to be more committed to the UEM United Action Campaign.
UEM member churches in Africa are committed to work together and especially towards the promotion and the commitment of African churches on the provision of improved social services to the community in need: health, education and improved living in general.
On Sunday 3rd September ARB members were distributed in six ECD parishes in Dar es Salaam. They worshipped with the ECD members and contributed to their fundraising events to support the church work including education, health and wellbeing projects. The ARB meeting ended with a closing service jointly conducted by the Vice Moderator, Bishop Dr Keshomshahara Abednego and the UEM General Secretary, the Rev Volker Martin Dally. From the 4th to the 5th September it is scheduled a workshop jointly organized by UEM and “One for the Climate” to deliberate on church projects and initiatives to implement in 2018 in the fight against climate change in Africa, as church interventions on Justice, Peace and Integrity of the Creation.
Rev Dr John Wesley Kabango, the UEM Africa Executive Secretary