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Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (OEIA)
Conference of Muslim and Christian Religious Leaders in Asia
The FABC-Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (OEIA) has released the report and final statement of the recent Conference of Muslim and Christian Religious Leaders in Asia. The meeting held in Jakarta Feb 25-March 1, 2013 was jointly organized by OEIA, the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), International Conference of Muslim Scholars (ICIS), the Indonesian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (KWI), and the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI). 220313
ACTS IV ORGANIZED
The fourth gathering of the Asia Conference of Theology Students (ACTS IV) was held from 4-6 April 2011 at the Bangkok Christian Guest House in Bangkok, Thailand. Thirty one (31) students representing the countries which are part of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) and the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) from 12 countries (Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam) actively participated. These students were from the various denominations and seminaries throughout Asia. Archbishop Fernando Capalla the Chairman of the FABC OEIA participated and commented that this was the best ACTS he had attended so far.
The theme of ACTS IV was: “Praying and Working Together for Unity in the Household of God.” Some of the issues discussed were the realities and challenges faced by the churches and peoples of the countries of the participants. Some of the central issues that were addressed were theologizing in the Asian context, economic realities, conflict analysis and understanding ecumenical dialogue as an integration of all God’s creation. After having experienced the unifying fellowship in ACTS IV through the various sharing, discussions and living together, the theology students are passionate to commit themselves to deepen their involvement in ecumenism within their capacity.150411
Joint FABC-CCA Staff Meeting
A joint meeting between the staff of the nine FABC offices and the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) took place on February 20, 2010 at the FABC Documentation Centre in Bangkok.
The gathering reviewed existing and planned joint programs of the Churches in Asia and considered possibilities for a more committed collaboration between the FABC and the CCA. It was proposed to have similar joint meetings every year.
The last of such joint meetings took place August 2001 in Hong Kong, from where the CCA moved in 2006 to its new headquarters in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
CCA is a body of mainstream Protestant Churches in Asia and thus, in a certain way the Protestant counterpart of the FABC. The tradition of joint meetings between CCA and FABC dates back to 1993 when the first of such gatherings took place.
The nine-member CCA delegation who met with FABC offices in Bangkok this year was led by their General Secretary, Prawate Khid-arn with heads of departments for, e.g., Faith & Mission, Justice, International Affairs, Formation and Youth.
The FABC offices were represented by their respective executive secretaries with the FABC General Secretary, Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, omi.
Bishops in Dialogue
"The Church's Called to Dialogue: Special Role of Bishops" is the title of a seminar for bishops responsible for interreligious dialogue within the Asian bishops' conferences and other interested bishops. The seminar will be organized by the FABC-Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (OEIA) from July 21-25, 2009 in Bangkok. The meeting aims to reflect, discuss and jointly address that challenges faced by the Asian Church in understanding the rich religious and cultural plurality of Asia. 280409