Chiang Mai, Thailand: Asia Sunday–2023 will be observed on 1 October 2023 and the theme will be the same as that of the 15th General Assembly of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), ‘God, Renew Us in Your Spirit and Restore the Creation’.
The 15th CCA General Assembly will be held from 27 September to 4 October 2023 in Kottayam, India.
CCA member churches and councils are requested to observe Asia Sunday on 1 October 2023, a week before the 15th CCA General Assembly begins.
Asia Sunday is usually observed every year on the Sunday before Pentecost, but this year’s Asia Sunday observance will be in conjunction with the CCA General Assembly, offering CCA member churches and councils the opportunity to reflect upon the Assembly theme and pray for the forthcoming Asian ecumenical event.
The General Secretary of CCA, Dr Mathews George Chunakara, stated that the Asia Sunday–2023 beckons the CCA member constituencies to reflect on their participation in God’s work of reconciliation, renewal, restoration, and transformation of the entire creation.
The theme of the forthcoming CCA Assembly features the theological significance of ‘creation’ for the first time in the history of the CCA Assemblies. The theme acknowledges the theological emphasis of creation more comprehensively and considers how affirming the truth of God’s creation affects human beings created in the image of God, who are the culmination of God’s creation, added the CCA General Secretary.
The CCA urges its member churches and councils to dedicate and observe 1 October 2023 as Asia Sunday–2023 and use the special Asia Sunday liturgy and prayers, which will be shared soon.