Evangelical Mission in Solidarity
Carry out joint missionary programmes; support member churches locally; stand by our members in crisis situations; raise its voice on behalf of its members; send co-workers to carry out missionary and welfare service at other churches; support the partnership work of our members; promote ecumenical learning; promote cross-cultural exchange; provide financial support to missionary and theological projects of our members; support social work and education; provide funds for programmes to combat poverty, promote justice and peace and preserve the creation in our member churches.
On 28 January 1972 the "Association of Churches and Missions in South West Germany" (EMS) was founded in Landau in the Palatinate. 2012: A new constitution, a new name, but the task remains the same: the abbreviation "EMS" is no longer derived from a Mission "in South-west Germany", but signifies rather an "Evangelical Mission in Solidarity."
- Peace and Reconciliation
Under this slogan, the EMS promotes project to illustrate how people and churches attempt to put the biblical message of peace into practice and to "ground" it. In a world torn by conflict, commitment to peace and reconciliation is an indispensable part of mission and witness of the EMS Fellowship. In Indonesia, the EMS churches offer special workshops for leaders of congregational women and youth work to improve the interfaith dialogue. In Israel and Palestine the focal point of church work is interreligious dialogue with Muslims and Jews. In Ghana, a member church founded a centre so that Muslims and Christians could learn more about each other, and thus break down prejudices through workshops, seminars and conferences on interfaith dialogue and education for peace. In Nigeria, the member church developed (together with Muslims) a programme for peace, which is, inter alia, based on interfaith peace-building teams
- Study Programmes
The EMS offers a study visit in Japan. Students will be able to learn interreligious and cross-cultural dialogue at the source at the NCC Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions. The English-speaking study programme lasts four to six months. During the study course, young students will learn how to perceive their own multireligious background better and can later sensitise their own church for dialogue. The EMS also offers a study visit in Lebanon. The "Study in the Middle East" programme (SiMO) gives students the opportunity to spend an ecumenical study year at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon. Students at the NEST will learn about churches in the Middle East within their Islamic context. Not only can upcoming theologians of both genders benefit from a study visit abroad. The Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau (EKHN), which belongs to the EMS Fellowship, offers pastors theological courses for further study in Lebanon
- Musical training for young people
The Indonesian island of Sulawesi has many young immigrants. They often struggle with identity problems at their new residence. At the music laboratory of the Indonesian Protestant Church in Donggala they receive new prospects for the future and a musical training. Worship services at the Indonesian Protestant Church in Donggala (GPID) on the island of Sulawesi are very lively. This is mainly because of the colourful mixture of churchgoers from Bali, Java and Northern Sulawesi. It is by no means a matter of course that so many different cultures come together under one roof. Many young people find it difficult to settle down at their new residence. They often see no prospects and many of them turn away from the church. The musical training of young people builds a bridge between the various cultures in Indonesia.
Main Focus Countries of Activities
Indonesia - Israel - State of Palestine - Ghana - Nigeria - Kyoto, Japan - Beirut, Lebanon - Banawa, Indonesia