priorities are: to
support people's struggles for justice and self-empowerment primarily
through the local organization of communities and coalitions of
the exploited, marginalized and oppressed. URM enables space for
people to come and to act together in resisting unjust struggles.
development of leadership, including training of community leaders
exchange and solidarity among local groups and people's movements
by building and sustaining networks, linking those who are actively
involved in local and national struggles in the continents of the
and support church involvement in people's programmes for justice,
dignity and identity contributing to community-building and social
biblical and theological reflection and articulation in the specific
context of struggle and involvement in people's movements
attention to the ways in which such experience and reflection can
challenge, inform and shape the mission understanding and practice
of the institutional church.
a strong belief in the value and importance of people, all made
by God in God's own image - with dignity, identity and for a common
is about mission in Christ's way. It implies taking sides, getting
involved, accepting people as they are and building new communities.
It strives for faithfulness to the mission of God which is the proclamation
of abundant life.
It is also
about "spirituality". We encounter the Spirit of God in
other people, through the courage of communities who resist, struggle
and have hope of a new life, a new creation and a new community
in spite of pain, suffering and death.
are decentralized to six regions: Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America,
Middle East and North America. Each region has a contact group/committee
composed principally of local community organizers, supported by
others to strengthen analysis, biblical/theological and ideological
reflection and relations with the churches.
work is guided by a global commission. The WCC-URM office in Geneva
coordinates and facilitates the whole programme, working with each
region to support the regional networks for greater cohesion and
collaboration in the global family, and to interpret and promote
URM goals within WCC, the ecumenical movement and with supporting
churches and donor agencies.