Thursday, 25 January 2018

Church Trip to China

Rev Dr Manhong Lin of the China Christian Council delivers the 14th Assembly Cato Lecture in July 2015. Rev Dr Manhong Lin of the China Christian Council delivers the 14th Assembly Cato Lecture in July 2015.

A senior delegation of Uniting Church and church agency leaders is visiting China on the invitation of the China Christian Council.

The visit from 26 January to 2 February will focus on the theology and practice of social service.

Assembly General Secretary Colleen Geyer is leading the delegation that includes UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little, Wesley Mission Queensland CEO Geoff Batkin, Uniting NSW/ACT CFO Charles Grover, National Director of UnitingWorld Dr Sureka Goringe and Assembly Theologian-in-residence Rev. Dr Ji Zhang.

Over the next week the delegation will visit a range of community service facilities in Nanjing and Shanghai and hold a one-day consultation with the CCC national office.

The 2018 visit builds on seven successful previous exchange visits between the CCC and the UCA including a theological conference in Nanjing in 2013.

CCC Associate Secretary Rev. Dr Manhong Lin also gave the Cato Lecture at the 14th Assembly on the subject – “To be a Marginal People of God: A Chinese Christian Understanding.”

“I look forward to continuing  to develop our important partnership with the China Christian Council, to sharing our faith and learning more from each other in the fields of social service,” said Assembly General Secretary Colleen Geyer.