asian mission congress 2006

THEME: Telling the Story of Jesus in Asia: A Celebration of Life and Faith


Purpose:

Rationale for primarily a pastoral-catechetical congress:


TO SHARE THE JOY AND ENTHUSIASM OF OUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST:

  • To broaden our appreciation of the person and mission of Jesus of Nazareth through witness and narrative
  • To appreciate how the story of Jesus interweaves with the stories of other religious traditions
  • To express our faith in Asian language, song, story, art, music, symbol and architecture, and through the promotion of authentic cultural values and indigenous rights
  • To contemplate the Asian face of Jesus Christ in adoration, prayer and worship

TO CELEBRATE ASIAN WAYS OF MISSION THROUGH WITNESS IN THE MIDST OF LIFE REALITIES:

  • To deepen our catechesis of mission through stories of faith and life
  • To share experiences of Jesus Christ as our reconciliation in areas of communal conflict
  • To share experiences of the dialogue of life and action within/among inter-faith families, among neighbours, in the workplace and especially with the poor

TO RAISE AWARENESS IN THE ASIAN CHURCHES ABOUT RENEWED UNDERSTANDINGS OF MISSION AD GENTES DURING AND SINCE THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL:

  • To recognise the waves of renewal in mission theology (laity in mission, renewed understandings of salvation, mission-in-dialogue)
  • To facilitate an encounter between the local Churches of Asia that they inspire each other to intensive their mission ad gentes through their experiences of life in Christ
  • To move forward in mission ecumenically

TO NOTE PRIORITIES FOR A RENEWED MISSION ANIMATION:

  • To reveal the Asian face of Jesus Christ in personal, family and societal life



The Logo

ELEMENTS

EXPLANATION

Map of Asia

Every nation in Asia

The Cross

Jesus Christ

The Dove

Holy Spirit

Cross in the Pigeon surrounding the map

Jesus in the Holy Spirit who embraces Asia

"Telling the story of Jesus in Asia" over the map

Every nation in Asia will tell the story of Jesus.

"Go…and tell them…"

In the Gospel of Mark 5:19 Jesus said "Go home to your people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how he has had mercy on you."

Thai Art Work in flame of fire

Being organized in Thailand, at the same time fire from Jesus animates us Asians to go and tell the story of Jesus.


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Venue

Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel.


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Date

October 19 to 22, 2006


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Participants

Mission animators and decision-makers in the Church, to favor mission awareness. Bishops, priests, religious including lay leaders, catechists, young people, men and women committed to the mission work of the Church.


The total number of participants is expected to be about 1,000 with a bigger group from Thailand itself. All other countries of Asia will have a quota to be allocated through the Pontifical Mission Society national offices and the Commission on Mission in the Bishops' Conferences.


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Registration

Registration for the mission congress starts immediately. (Registration should be done by March 31, 2006.) For the time being, some 700 places will be reserved at the congress site for foreign visitors.


Please contact, the Pontifical Mission Society (PMS) office or the Episcopal Commission on Mission in your country.


PMS Directors of Asia

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Preliminary Program

October 19, 2006

The Story of Jesus in the Peoples of Asia, especially the young and the old

October 20

The Story of Jesus in the Religions of Asia

October 21

The Story of Jesus in the Cultures of Asia, old and modern

October 22

The Story of Jesus in the Life of the Church in Asia, especially the Family, and Local Christian Communities


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Theological Background Paper

"The Story of Jesus in Asia" by Fr. Julian Saldanha, SJ

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