Intensive preparations for the Asia Mission Conference (AMC) 2017 and CCA’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations are being carried out through the coordination of the Christian Conference of Asia’s (CCA) organising team at the headquarters in Chiang Mai, Thailand and in Myanmar by the local host committee.
Focusing on the theme, ‘Journeying Together: Prophetic Witness to the Truth and Light, in Asia’, the AMC will be held from 12 to 16 October 2017 in Yangon, Myanmar with the participation of 400 representatives of churches and organisations from Asia and other parts of the world.
The AMC will have different sessions as part of each day’s programmes, including a total of five thematic presentations on the main theme and four sub-themes, three panel presentations on six areas of concern for future missional involvement in Asia, and a hearing (listening) session dealing with interfaith perspectives on the main theme.
The four sub-themes will be dealt on Prophetic Accompaniment (Ref. Isaiah 62: 1-12, Matthew 25: 35-40, Micah 6: 8); Affirming the Servanthood (Ref. Matthew 20: 28, Luke 22: 27); Participating in the Reign of God (Ref. Romans 12: 2, Ephesians 2: 22, Hebrews 13: 5, Luke 17: 1-21, 2 Timothy 2: 22), and Embodying the Spirituality of the Cross (Ref. Matthew 16: 24, Luke 6: 35).
Group discussions ensuring wider participation by delegates in all categories will be another important segment of the daily programme. The group discussions will focus on salient features of the thematic addresses and plenary panel presentations on emerging Asian issues in the context of broader mission perspectives, including concerns such as, climate justice, the refugee crisis, human trafficking, the struggle of the marginalised communities, gender discrimination and violence, economic injustices, religious intolerance, and other socio-political issues.
Eight Bible Studies have been prepared by selected theologians and missiologists from Asia and the materials will be made available soon for study and reflection by participants, as well as with the local churches. The Bible Studies are based on the following areas: A way to be a powerful witness of Christ (John 8:12-20); Passing the torch to others: Prophetic Witness to the Truth and Light, in Asia (John 8:12-20); Enlightening Darkness: Prophetic Witnessing to the Light (John 8:12-20); Jesus Christ – Way to Home; Way of Truth and the Way to be Walked With (John 14:1-14); Jesus Christ and the Internally Displaced (John 14:1-14); Truth, Peace and Mission (John 18:28-38 & 20:21-22); To Whom Do You Bend Your Knee in times of Darkness?; Rediscovering God’s Faithfulness for Prophetic Witness in Asia (John 18:28-38 & 20:21-22), and Hindrances To Finding The Truth (John 18:28-38 & 20:21-22).
Bible Studies in the AMC 2017 will take place every day during morning sessions in 20 groups under the leadership of specially identified facilitators.
A group of specialised Asian liturgists and musicians have been working on special liturgies for morning and evening worships during the AMC. Pre-AMC workshops have been organised to draw experiences from various Asian church traditions to develop contextual liturgical resources, and a theme song has also been composed.
The AMC 2017 will adopt a mission statement towards the end of the conference. A second draft of the mission statement has been circulated to CCA’s member churches and councils and among theologians and registered participants for their comments and feedback before a final draft is presented at the AMC.
Through the coordination of the main hosts in Myanmar, the Myanmar Baptist Convention (MBC) and the Myanmar Council of Churches (MCC), various sub-committees have started work to ensure seamless logistical support for the AMC.
Diamond Jubilee of the CCA
The Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the CCA will be held towards the end of the AMC, on Sunday, 15 October 2017. Various programmes on that day will witness the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the CCA. The participants of the AMC will worship in the morning with local communities in different congregations in Yangon. A Thanksgiving Service and a Public Meeting will be held in the afternoon with the participation of thousands of people from local congregations, CCA member churches and national and regional councils, representatives of global ecumenical organisations, and prominent national and global leaders. A short video documentary depicting the historic journey of the CCA will be screened during the event. Varieties of cultural presentations also will be part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
At least 400 representatives of churches, ecumenical councils, ecumenical partners, missionaries, missiologists, theologians, and theological students are expected to attend the AMC, including a full day’s celebration to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the CCA on Sunday, 15 October 2017 with the local churches and congregations in Myanmar.
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