Christian Conference of Asia

The Christian Conference of Asia is a regional ecumenical organisation representing 15 National Councils and over 100 denominations (churches) in New Zealand, Australia, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand.

These councils and churches are committed to working together in mission, leadership development, ecumenical relationships, and issues of social justice.

The offices of the Christian Conference of Asia are located in Chiang Mai, Thailand;[when?] the General Secretary (since 2015) is Dr Mathews George Chunakara.

HistoryEdit

Representatives of churches, national council of churches, and Christian councils decided to constitute the East Asian Christian Conference during a meeting at Prapat, Indonesia in 1957. It was inaugurated at an assembly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1957 under the theme Witnessing Together. The fifth Assembly in 1973, meeting in Singapore, decided to change the name to Christian Conference of Asia (CCA).[1] It established its regional offices in Singapore at Toa Payoh Methodist Church in 1974.[2]

The organisation operated from Singapore until its expulsion from the country in 1987,[3][4] when the Singapore government charged that it was engaging in political activities and had broken a promise of not doing so.[5] The organisation's assets were frozen and eventually returned in 1988.[6] Member churches and council in Singapore, the Methodist Church of Singapore, the Anglican Church of Singapore and Singapore's National Council of Church withdrew from the organisation,[7][8][9] leaving the organisation with no official representations from Singapore since. The organisation replied to the charges that there was a 'basic misunderstanding of the role of the Church in society and they way which church and state relate to each other'.[10]

Member churchesEdit

Member CouncilsEdit

Associated bodiesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CCA History - Christian Conference of Asia". Christian Conference of Asia. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  2. ^ "Thanksgiving, dedication service". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. Retrieved 2022-01-29.
  3. ^ "Protestant body shut down for engaging in political activities". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. Retrieved 2022-01-29.
  4. ^ "singapore dissolves christian conference of asia deports its leaders". ucanews.com. Retrieved 2022-01-29.
  5. ^ "Singapore expels Christian organisation". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. Retrieved 2022-01-29.
  6. ^ "$1.5m assets returned to expelled church group". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. Retrieved 2022-01-29.
  7. ^ "Methodists to quit group". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. Retrieved 2022-01-29.
  8. ^ "S'pore Anglican Church quits regional body". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. Retrieved 2022-01-29.
  9. ^ "Council of Churches to cut ties with regional body". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. Retrieved 2022-01-29.
  10. ^ "Christian body replies to charges". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. Retrieved 2022-01-29.

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