“If you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”

Friday, December 4th by Maylanne Maybee Friday was the end of our first week in China. We have jelled as a group, recovered from jet lag, learned to use chopsticks and to recognize and enjoy some of the unfamiliar foods that appear at the centre of the round tables at which we often share our…

Our China Visit as Ecumenical Pilgrimage

Friday, December 4th by Gail Allan Gail Allan 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: It has been a blessing to be part of this delegation, and in particular to participate in this consultation hosted by…

Historical overviews ground the Theological Consultation

Friday, December 5th by Craig Perry I was deeply honoured to present a short presentation of the history of the United Church of Canada at the joint China Christian Council/Three Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Church and United Church of Canada at Nanjing Union Theological Seminary. My presentation followed an informative presentation by YAN…

Greetings from Nanjing

December 2, 2015 by Sarah Harrington Greetings from Nanjing, the capital of the Jiangsu province! Today, the delegation enjoyed an afternoon of sightseeing – first to the Sun Yat Sen Memorial and then to the Confucius Temple. Each day, I am struck by the thought that goes into so many elements of the Chinese culture…

Upon further reflection

Wednesday, December 2nd by Sharon Wilson A night’s rest and time to think have presented some further comments on our visit to Dushu Lake Christian Church. At its most basic, the challenge to the church in China today is its rapid growth putting stress on buildings, clergy and programming.  This is the mirror image of…

Tuesday in Suzhou with the China Delegation

Tuesday, December 1st By Sharon Wilson Today marked a significant shift of context. Up to now our meetings have been with CCC/TSPM leaders, during which the focus was on national issues for the church. This morning we made the shift from a macro approach to the micro with our visit to Dushu Lake Christian Church…

Getting lost in Suzhou

Tuesday, December 1st By Gail Thornhill   They say the ‎best way to find your way around in a new place is to get lost in it. When Nora Sanders and I set out for an easy 30 minute run this morning, we didn’t plan to get lost. My colleagues in Newfoundland had given me…

Conversations with Church Leaders

Monday, November 30th By Justin McNeill Early morning today we gathered our things, repacked our bags, and checked out of the Baron Business Hotel in Shanghai. It seems like we just landed and yet at the same time we have already experienced so much hospitality. After breakfast and checking out, we were off to an…

Sunday worship in Shanghai

Sunday, November 29th By Tif McNaughton Sunday was our first full day together in China, and we started it off by attending worship services at two churches in Shanghai: Grace Church and Shanghai Community Church. We were all in various states of jetlag and disorientation, but the act of gathering for worship and fellowship helped ground…

The Journey Begins…

Friday, November 27th by Nora Sanders I’m writing this from an airplane on Friday, November 27.  We just finished with a bit of turbulence over Sault Ste. Marie, and are settling in for the remainder of this flight to Vancouver, the first leg of our trip to China to meet with partners in the Chinese Christian Council. Advent…

The visit to China begins… with blessing and prayer

  Last minute preparations are almost complete, bags are being packed, thoughts turn to travel and arrival in Shanghai.   Members of the United Church Delegation to China are about to begin their visit with the China Christian Council. Yesterday during the Chapel service at the ‎General Council Office, the following blessing was offered for…