As a prelude to the commemoration of its Diamond Jubilee, the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) will organise an international consultation on ‘Towards Revitalising the Ecumenical Movement in Asia’.
The consultation is to be held on 11-12 July 2017 at the Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and will address a wide range of themes such as, the global and Asian ecumenical movement: emerging challenges’; peace and reconciliation in Asia, with a special emphases on the Korean peninsula, South Asia and the Philippines; religious intolerance and threat to freedom of religion and rights of minorities in majority Islamic, Theravada Buddhist and Hindu societies; migration, statelessness and human trafficking; ecumenical formation and ecumenical leadership development.
The representatives of three leading ecclesiastical and ecumenical bodies in Asia – the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) of the Roman Catholic Church, the Asia Evangelical Alliance (AEA), and the CCA will jointly address the theme, ‘Being the Church in Asia: Our Witnessing Together’.
Dr. Mathews George Chunakara, General Secretary of the CCA, stated that, “the deliberations during this consultation will facilitate a collective search for strengthening our common goal of mission and witness in Asia.”
“As we move forward with firm convictions of strengthening and revitalising the ecumenical movement in Asia, we need to ensure and recognise the role of the ecumenical movement in today’s Asian contexts. It is this conviction that motivates the CCA to bring together representatives of churches, councils, and ecumenical and mission organisations to reflect upon the future of ecumenism and the ecumenical movement in Asia,” said Dr. Mathews George Chunakara.
The CCA General Secretary further added that the consultation will aim to initiate serious reflection to envision, and plan for actions to revitalise the Asian ecumenical movement collectively, which will strengthen the mission and witness through our common ecumenical engagements in Asia.
“The need for increased ecumenical cooperation and journeying together by ecclesial, ecumenical and mission partners in a spirit of mutual solidarity is more urgent today, for which greater coherence and coordination among all stakeholders of the ecumenical movement is essential,” said Dr. Mathews George Chunakara.
The consultation will bring together sixty selected participants representing various international and regional ecumenical and mission organisations, ecclesiastical and confessional bodies, including World Council of Churches (WCC), Federation of the Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), Asia Evangelical Alliance (AEA), National Christian Councils in Asia, Council for World Mission (CWM), World Methodist Council (WMC), Young Men’s/Women’s Christian Associations YMCA/YWCA, World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), International Fellowship of the Least Coin (IFLC), Asian Christian Women’s Conference (ACWC), Foundation for Theological Education in Southeast Asia (FTESEA), Association of Christian Institutes for Social Concern in Asia (ACISCA), Asian Migrant Centre (AMC), etc.
The CCA, founded in 1957 at the Asian Church Leaders’ Conference held in Prapat, Indonesia and jointly organised by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the International Missionary Council (IMC) on the theme, ‘Our Common Evangelistic Tasks in Asia’, will commemorate its 60th anniversary on Sunday 15 October, in conjunction with the Asia Mission Conference (AMC), which will be held in Yangon, Myanmar from 11 to 17 October 2017.
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