United and Uniting

Also present at the Nanjing Theological Consultation was Geoff Thompson, minister and teacher for the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) – an ecumenical partner of The United Church of Canada.  The UCA led a similar delegation visit in 2013 at the invitation of the CCC, and the churches continue to explore and deepen their partnership.  Of the consultation, Geoff writes:…

The United Church of Canada Delegation Returns from China

Wednesday, December 16th by Daniel Hayward   An official delegation of The United Church of Canada has returned from a visit to China at the invitation of the China Christian Council (CCC) and the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches in China. The 10-day visit, from November 28 to December…

From the Photographer’s Eyes

Monday, December 13th by Alan Lai We are home. Luggage is put aside until the next time. Going back to the usual routine of work is hard. This trip wasn’t a vacation; on the other hand, I wish vacations could give me this kind of lasting motivation to love and to act. I had tasks…

The light shines in the darkness

Tuesday, December 15th by Nora Sanders As I write this on Monday evening, I am remembering that at this very time just a week ago, (Tuesday morning in Beijing), our China delegation was gathering at the Chongwenmen Church for our final time of shared reflection and communion. The intimacy of the worship, led by our…

What We Bring Back

Friday, December 11th by Barry Rieder In addition to the silk scarfs, fine tea, memories of extraordinary banquets, postcards and pictures of historic sites, what do we bring back to Canada?  When we met one of the staff persons from the Canadian Consulate General in Shanghai, he said that after his first visit to China…

Farewell to Beijing

Tuesday, December 8th by Betsy Anderson Our last day in Beijing began with news shared over breakfast of the “Red Alert” for smog. School was cancelled and half the cars stayed at home as we walked a few short blocks , most of us wearing masks, to the Chong Wen Men Christian Church for our final gathering…

“A bridge towards friendship”

Monday, December 7th by Patti Talbot Our last full day in Beijing, and in China, was just that: a full day indeed, rich with encounters with officials of the Chinese and Canadian governments, with academics and with Chinese Christian colleagues related to the Beijing Council of Churches.  The day began with a visit to the…

Cooperation in Partnership

Friday, December 4th by Dr. LIN Manhong, Associate General Secretary, CCC and Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Nanjing Union Theological Seminary Dr Lin offered these reflections on the ecumenical dimensions of the delegation’s visit during the closing session of the consultation at Nanjing Union Theological Seminary, December 3-4, 2015: Time flies. Our final…

Advent Two: Beijing

Sunday, December 6th by Janet Gear “Open my eyes,” began the sermon this morning based on verses 24-27 of Psalm 119 – a particularly poignant prayer for our team as we approached another day in which this unfathomable country confronted us again in all its complexity. Warmly welcomed at the worship service at Haidian (the…

Visit to Haidian Church, Beijing

Sunday, December 6th by Vilvan Gunasingham Today our delegation attended Sunday service at the Haidian Church in Beijing – one of seven services today at the church. My excitement was triggered when I got closer to the church. There were hundreds people lining up to enter the church. The views of my Chinese workmates telling me…

Experiences of the Church in China

Sunday, December 6th, by Nora Sanders As we approached the church on the morning of Sunday, December 6, we saw a long line of people waiting to get in. I took a picture, because it wasn’t something I had seen before. The people were lined up for the 10 o’clock service, the third service of…

300km/hr to Beijing

Saturday, December 5th by David Jones Today the delegation rode China’s ultra-fast train from the ancient, southern capital of Nanjing to the modern, northern capital of Beijing. After two intense days of consultation at the Nanjing Theological Seminary, today brought a lighter schedule: a four hour train ride, a walk through Tiananmen Square, and a…