An official delegation of The United Church of Canada will visit 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, beginning November 28, 2015, represents a major partnership initiative for the United Church and will be led by the Moderator, the Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell and the General Secretary of the General Council, Nora Sanders. The 22-member delegation was selected from across the country to represent the broad diversity of the United Church and its ministries. Funding for the delegation has come from a variety of sources, with each delegate responsible for sourcing half of their expected costs.
The visit will begin in Shanghai, with Sunday worship services in local Chinese congregations. The delegation will experience urban and rural life in and around Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing, and Beijing. A focal point will be a two-day consultation at the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary. This joint discussion will include a range of mutual interests, including “Current Contextual Challenges for the Church in Canada and China,” “Community Ministries and Social Services,” and “Church Governance and Structure for the Church of the Future.” The delegation has also been invited to meet the Canadian Consul General in Shanghai, and the Canadian Ambassador in Beijing.
Goals of Delegation:
- To deepen the relationship between the China Christian Council and The United Church of Canada
- To enable participants to relate the work of the China Christian Council to the Chinese context, and to wider global currents in church and society
- To share and explore the history, polity, theologies and ministries of the two churches, and to learn how we may effectively be informed by and support each other’s work
- To reflect on the implications for our mission and ministries of being united/uniting and/or post-denominational churches
Expected Outcomes of visit:
- Participants will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the mission and ministries of each church and the context in which they are engaged
- Relationships will develop for potential continuing work together in particular ministries of both churches