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Filipino ecumenical youth engage with HIV Advocacy and Gender Justice at CCA training

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Posted on September 25th, 2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines – 27 youth representatives from churches and related organizations, governmental, and nongovernmental sectors came together to discuss the rapid proliferation of HIV and AIDS across the country. “Young People at the Center: An Ecumenical Youth Consultation on HIV and AIDS, Human Sexuality, and Gender Justice Advocacy” was the focus of the training […]



CCA Executive Committee unanimously re-elects General Secretary Dr Mathews George Chunakara for second term


Posted on August 13th, 2019

Ruth Mathen* CCA General Secretary Dr Mathews George Chunakara being felicitated with a traditional ‘ulos’ Medan, Indonesia: The Moderator of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), Archbishop Willem T.P. Simarmata officially announced that the CCA’s Executive Committee had unanimously voted to re-elect the CCA General Secretary, Dr Mathews George Chunakara, for a second term. Dr...



“We need to place our theology at the feet of the people of Asia” tells Roman Catholic theologian Fr. Clarence Devadass at the pan Asian theological summit


Posted on August 11th, 2019

Delivering the fourth thematic address on a sub-theme of CATS-IX,  ‘Restoration: Towards the Will of God’ on the final day, Fr. Clarence Devadass, a Roman Catholic theologian called upon Asian theologians by saying, “We need to place our theology at the feet of the people of Asia.” Revisiting the instances of restoration in the Bible, […]



Asian theologians must wrestle to develop a contextual theology of renewal and fullness of life, says Bishop Thiagarajah at CATS-IX


Posted on August 8th, 2019

“Asian theologians need to develop a more relevant theology in order to address the burden of poverty and injustices, and lead communities towards renewal and the fullness of life in congruence with being people reconciled in Christ,” said Bishop Dr Daniel Thiagarajah. Delivering the third thematic presentation at the Congress of Asian Theologians’ Ninth Summit […]



Interfaith leaders deliberate on Reconciliation, Renewal, and Restoration through the lenses of Asian religious values


Posted on August 8th, 2019

(from left to right): Ms Isabella Novsima, H.G. Ven. Mahamuni Sritha Mahagatha, Dr Mathews George Chunakara, Ven. Dr Phramaha Boonchuay, Prof. Dr Katimin Four religious leaders affirmed and underscored that the fullness of life, dignity of creation, forgiveness, and reconciliation form the essence of the values and ethos of all four major Asian religions – […]



‘Resistance hermeneutics’ and ‘resistance theology’ can be a powerful tool in recovering life-sustaining indigenous worldviews, tells Filipino woman theologian at CATS-IX


Posted on August 7th, 2019

“Resistance hermeneutics’ and ‘resistance theology’ can be powerful tools in recovering life-giving and life-sustaining indigenous worldviews that can provide an alternate lens in re-examining dominant theologies and doing contextual theology”, stated Filipino woman theologian Dr Lily Apura at the Congress of Asian Theologians (CATS)-IX being held in Medan, Indonesia. Delivering the...



“Reconciliation is the objective work of God through Christ to re-establish the broken relationship,” says Orthodox theologian Dr Kuriakose Mor Theophilose


Posted on August 7th, 2019

The first day of the Congress of Asian Theologians being held in Medan, Indonesia witnessed varying reflections on the theme, ‘Reconciliation, Renewal, and Restoration: Divine Imperative and Human Indicative’. Delivering the first thematic presentation, Dr Kuriakose Mor Theophilose Metropolitan, a prominent Orthodox theologian and a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the World...



Congress of Asian Theologians’ Ninth Summit begins in Indonesia


Posted on August 6th, 2019

Participants of Congress of Asian Theologians (CATS-IX) The Ninth Congress of Asian Theologians (CATS-IX) was inaugurated in a solemn ceremony held at the Gereja Bethel Indonesia (GBI) Medan Plaza auditorium in Medan, Indonesia’s North Sumatra province. More than 120 theologians from across Asia are participating in the CATS-IX. The participants took part in the opening […]



Congress of Asian Theologians (CATS) to commence in Medan, Indonesia

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Posted on August 2nd, 2019

The preparations in the run-up to the Congress of Asian Theologians (CATS) – IX have nearly come to a conclusion, as the Asian theologians’ summit is set to commence on 5 August 2019, in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Initiated by the Christian Conference of Asia in 1997, CATS is the largest pan-Asian theological summit that […]



An Asian outlook on today’s ecumenical challenges


Posted on July 27th, 2019

26 July 2019 *By Claus Grue CCA General Secretary Dr Mathews George Chunakara. When leaders of eight regional ecumenical organisations gathered at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland, earlier this month to further strengthen ecumenical cooperation, they took the opportunity to exchange views on global affairs and discuss how a well-coordinated ecumenical movement can contribute...


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