The situation of communities exposed to natural disasters and social and political emergencies has been seen by CIEMAL as a field in which the connectional and coordinated action among churches in the region can make a significant difference in visibility and solidarity within and outside the continent. Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods or droughts, add vulnerability to communities that already experience armed conflicts or political instability at national level.
The churches have indicated the need to have a public voice as a Methodist church in Latin America, providing pastoral care to the affected communities, while calling for solidarity with the churches and ecumenical partners inside and outside the continent. For the development of a prophetic diakonia on the continent, the churches understand the need to strengthen the capacity for public - political effective advocacy, turning to those persons or entities capable of making decisions on matters affecting the churches and societies.
Goals & Objectives
Provide significant and sustainable changes for people, and for churches and communities that suffer from many crises that occur in Latin America and the Caribbean.
To enforce the connection between churches and agencies, CIEMAL will act as an articulation facilitator through the promotion of meetings, proactive communication, and links between the leadership of the Methodist church in Latin America and the Caribbean.
CIEMAL will enhance the mobilization of human, material, and financial information among its member churches and agencies and promote cooperation with churches and agencies outside the region.
Promote partnerships between the Methodist churches in the region and elsewhere in the world, as well as other denominational and ecumenical bodies.