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AsIPA (BEC) Desk

The AsIPA (BEC) Desk of the FABC Office of Laity is based in Seoul, Korea. It was set up to respond to the need to promote and hold training for all member conferences of the FABC towards their vision of Church in Asia for the third millennium, as a Participatory Church, a Communion of Communities.



 

 

 

AsIPA (BEC) Desk Plan for 2014

 

1. BILA (BILA (Bishops Institute on Lay Apostolate) II on SCCs

 

We are glad to announce and invite you to BILA II on SCCs. It will be held from September 25th to 30th, 2014 in Camillian Pastoral Care Center in Bangkok, Thailand. It is designed for bishops and their pastoral core team for building up SCCs as a follow up to BILA I on SCCs in 2010. It is organized by the FABC AsIPA (BEC) Desk of Office of Laity and Family and the BEC National Team of Thailand.

 

Its proposed theme is ‘SCCs Leading to New Evangelization’. It aims at reflecting on “the value of basic ecclesial communities as an effective way of promoting communion and participation in parishes and dioceses, and as a genuine force for evangelization” (Ecclesia in Asia, no. 25). It also aims at deepening our understanding of SCCs and renewing a way of building up SCCs in our own context based on EVANGELII GAUDIUM. It will help participants find concrete examples and models of SCCs as an effective instrument for new evangelization.

 

We kindly request bishops to join it preferably as a team of 2-3 persons who are responsible for the implementation of the vision of SCCs. More details are given in the enclosed information flier with an application form. Please kindly send your application form by May 10, 2014.

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  1. Dates and Venue
  • Dates: September 25 (Thurs.) - 30 (Tue. )till afternoon 2014: (Arrival on Sept. 25th in the morning, before 16:00; Departure on Sept. 30th in the evening or Oct. 1th anytime)
  • Venue: Camillian Pastoral Care Center in Lat Krabang Bangkok, Thailand
  1. Participants
  • Proposed total number of participants: maximum  80 persons
  • Priority: Bishops and diocesan directors/key personnel for SCCs/BECs as a team at diocesan and national level
  • Please kindly send your application form through the national SCCs/BECs team within the country by May 10, 2014
  1. Proposed Theme
  • “SCCs Leading to New Evangelization"
  1. Objectives
  • To strengthen the process towards the vision of the Second Vatican Council--communion of communities/a participatory Church--through SCCs
  • To deepen our understanding of SCCs based on EVANGELII GAUDIUM
  • To discover concrete examples how SCCs become an effective instrument for new evangelization

    : Mutual and enriching relationship between family and SCCs, renewing pastoral structure for participation and shared responsibility to support SCCs etc.

  • To share and learn what is an important role of bishops and directors in animating SCCs
  •  To renew ourselves as ‘Spirit-filled evangelizers’ for building up SCCs
  •  To provide a forum for sharing experiences on SCCs in accompaniment


  • Application form should be sent through the national SCCs/BECs team within the country by May 10, 2014.

 

 

 

Info. Flyer No. 1 with Application Form



 

 

AsIPA (BEC) Desk Plan for 2013

 

1. AsIPAThree International Training Workshop in 2013

 

We are glad to announce that we will have the AsIPA Three International Training Workshop to be held in Camillian Social Center in Lat Krabang, Bangkok Thailand from 7 to 12 October, 2013 organized by the AsIPA (BEC) Desk of the Office of Laity & Family of the FABC and BEC National Team of Thailand.

 

AsIPA (BEC) Desk has designed the AsIPA International Training Workshop Series as an on-going training course over three years for diocesan and national teams responsible for fostering SCCs/BECs towards a participatory Church.

  1. Dates and Venue
  • Dates: 7 (Mon.) - 12 (Sat.) October, 2013: Arrival on Oct. 7th in the morning, before 16:00, Departure on Oct. 12th (before/ after lunch, Oct. 12th)
  • Venue: Camillian Social Center in Lat Krabang, Bangkok Thailand
  1. Aims
  • To journey together as AsIPA (BEC) teams in building a participatory Church
  • To deepen the understanding and develop skills in the following areas
    • To improve to make own Awareness Programme
    • To learn how to design Amos Programme
    • To strengthen doing Group Response
    • Problem Solving Skills
    • Facilitating/ Listening Skills
  • To understand social teachings of the Church
  • To realize that the spiritual formation of leaders is essential for the promotion of SCCs
  1. Participants
  • Total number of participants: maximum 70 persons
  • Criteria
    • those who have attended AsIPA One and Two International Training Workshop
    • those who have taken equivalent courses at national/ diocesan level
    • AsIPA (BEC) practioners
    • As a team
  • Application form should be sent through the national SCCs/BECs team within the country by June 25.

Info. Flyer No. 1 with Application Form

 

Info. Flyer No. 2 AsIPA three

 

Info. Flyer No. 2-1 Personal Request

 

Info. Flyer No. 2-2 Map of Camillian Pastoral Centre-Thailand

 

Info. Flyer No. 3 AsIPA three

 

Info. Flyer No. 3-1 Guidelines for Country-Diocese Report for AsIPA

 

Info. Flyer No. 4 On AsIPA Workshop

 

2. Supporting National SCCs/BECs Training workshop in 2013

 

AsIPA desk will support two national SCCs workshops. One is in Myanmar, July. he other will be in Pakistan, November. AsIPA Resource Team will facilitate them with local training team.

 

 

3. Publishing the documentation of VI AsIPA General Assembly held in Nainamadama, Sri Lanka October 18-24, 2012. 040413


 

 

 

AsIPA (BEC) Plans for 2012

 


1. 6th AsIPA General Assembly
FABC OLF AsIPA (BEC) Desk & AsIPA National Team of Sri Lanka

Chintana Center, Nainamadama, Sri Lanka

18 - 24 October, 2012

  1. Dates: October 18th (Thur.) to 24th (Wed.) 2012
  • The duration of the assembly: 7 days with arrival and departure.
  • Participants to arrive by Oct. 18th and lunch at 12:30 p.m. (Registration will be from 10 am to 3 pm on Oct. 18th)
  • Sri Lanka national SCCs rally will be held on Oct 24th (Wed.) 9:00-12:00, 2012 at Tewatte Basilica. Concluding ceremony will be incorporated into national SCCs rally and closing mass of GA.
  • Departure date could be either on Oct. 24th (Wed.) in the afternoon or 25th (Thur.) in the morning.
  1. Venue: Chintana Center, Nainamadama, Sri Lanka.
  • Nainamadama is situated in the Diocese of Chilaw. It is 17 Km from Katunayake International Airport (app. 30 mins. drive).
  1. Theme:
  • “Go you are sent forth” (Mt.10:5) - following Jesus in mission                Small Christian Communities serving and ministering.
  1. Total Number of Participants: about 165
  • 110 overseas + 40 Local + 15 resource persons (ART and speakers): Full time participants
  1. Criteria of Participants: AsIPA (BEC) practitioners
  • Applicants should be sent through the national SCCs/ BECs team within the country

Application Form

Info. Flyer No. 1 with Personal Request Form

Info. Flyer No. 2

Guidelines for the National/ Diocesan Report for AsIPA GA-IV

Info. Flyer No. 3

Info. Flyer No. 4

Programme

 

2. 30 Days Theology Course of SCCs in 2012

  • Dates: November 2nd (Frid.) to December 2nd (Sun.) 2011
  • Duration: 30 days
  • Venue: The Pastoral Training Center of Bangkok Archdiocese, Sampran, Thailand (a residential programme and full-time attendance is mandatory)
  • Theme:  RENEWING CHURCH IN THE NEW WAY THROUGH SMALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES (SCCs)-A Theological, Pastoral, Spiritual Study of SCCs And Its Integrative Power to Transform Parishes into Active Community

  • Contents: Basic Understanding of What the Asian bishops meant when they called for Renewing the Church in Asia in a New Way; Theological Insight into What SCCs are; Church Teachings on SCCs; Method in formation of SCCs; New Way of Being church and Theological Issues; Insight into process of Integration; Exposure to and involvement in SCCs; Critical Reflection and Integration on the learning which happens during the course.
  • Total Number of Participants: 35 (Thailand and Others in Asia)
  • Criteria of Participants: It is a certificate course, requiring a short integrative paper to be written. Participants’ competency in English usage is required
  • Course fees: US$ 1,150 
  • Application: to the CBCT Secretariat by July 31, 2011 
  • Host: Host: Programme coordinated by CBCT and Pallottine Animation Centre, Nagpur, India( The course will be animated by Fr. Thomas Vijay and his team from India.)

30 Days Seminar

 

 

 

 



AsIPA (BEC) Activities in 2011

 

1. AsIPA Two International Workshop

  • Dates: October 13th (Thur.) to 21th (Fri.) 2011
  • Duration: 9 days including 2 days exposure and arrival and departure days
  • Venue: Batam Island of Pangkalpinang Diocese, Indonesia (Pacific Palace Hotel)
  • Contents: Exposure programme, Additional Gospel Sharing method/s, Making own Awareness Programmes, Strengthening of the pastoral tools and skills
  • Total Number of Participants:80 only (60 from overseas and 20 from Indonesia)
  • Criteria of the Participants: Priority is on Participants of AsIPA One and Those who complete equivalent workshops (as a team)

AsIPA (BEC) International Training Workshop



2. 30 Days Theology Course of SCCs

  • Dates: November 1st (Tue.) to 30th (Wed.) 2011
  • Duration: 30 days
  • Venue: Ruamrudee International School, Minburi, Bangkok, Thailand (a residential programme and full-time attendance is mandatory)
  • Theme: RENEWING CHURCH IN THE NEW WAY THROUGH SMALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES (SCCs)-A Theological, Pastoral, Spiritual Study of SCCs And Its Integrative Power to Transform Parishes into Active Community
  • Contents: Basic Understanding of What the Asian bishops meant when they called for Renewing the Church in Asia in a New Way; Theological Insight into What SCCs are; Church Teachings on SCCs; Method in formation of SCCs; New Way of Being church and Theological Issues; Insight into process of Integration;

    Exposure to and involvement in SCCs; Critical Reflection and Integration on the learning which happens during the course.

  • Total Number of Participants: 30 (Thailand and Fareast Asia: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar etc.)
  • Criteria of Participants: It is a certificate course, requiring a short integrative paper to be written. Participants’ competency in English usage is required
  • Course fees: US$ 1,250 / ฿ 37,500 (Scholarship is not available from the organizer)
  • Host:- Programme coordinated by Pallottine Animation Centre, Nagpur, India: The course will be animated by Fr. Thomas Vijay and his team from India.

    -CBCThailand

30 Days Seminar


3. Annual Seminar for Thai priests: "Priests: Pastoral Ministers of Communities of Christ's Disciples"

  • Dates: July 11th (Mon.) to 15th (Fri.) 2011
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Venue: Baan Phu Waan, Sampran, Thailand
  • Topic: Introducing SCCs as a Participatory Church of Communion in Thailand
  • Contents: Our vision of a participatory church; Understanding Small Christian Communities; Enabling leadership in SCCs; Pastoral Tools for sharing the vision with our people: Gospel Sharing and Awareness Programmes
  • Total Number of Participants: - about 200 Thai priests)



AsIPA (BEC) Activities in 2010

 

1. BILA I on SCCs in Pattaya, Thailand

Focusing on the vision of the communion of communities and role of bishops in building SCCs. Specifically for new dioceses and new bishops.

This first BILA (Bishops Institute on Lay Apostolate) on SCCs (Small Christian Communities) was organized to introduce the vision of the Asian Church, “a Communion of Communities” as “a New Way of Being Church” through building SCCs which was articulated in the fifth Plenary Assembly of the FABC in Bandung in 1990s, to new bishops and their teams.

This BILA aimed at discovering and deepening the new way of being Church--a participatory Church, developing enabling leadership, understanding the nature of SCCs and participatory structures in the church, and experiencing Christ and the community through Gospel Sharing.

It gave participants opportunities to reflect and share the reality of implementing a communion of communities in forming SCCs, and to experience the value of gospel sharing and non-dominating leadership in SCCs. It reassured that SCCs are one of the most efficient ways to actualize this new vision of the Church in Asia. As a result, most of countries participated in this BILA designed some plans practically to embody a new vision of the Church, a participatory Church of communion. This BILA produced a final statement too.

  • Dates: October 18 (Mon.)-23 (Sat.) 2010
  • Venue: Redemptorist Centre, Pattaya, Thailand
  • Number of Participants: - 89 participants (including 8 resource persons): bishops 12, priests 44, religious sisters 9, laity 24 - From 14 countries: Bangladesh (13), Hongkong (2), India (6), Indonesia (2), Korea (1), Macau (1), Malaysia (2), Mongolia (1), Myanmar (2), Philippines (11), Singapore (4), Sri Lanka (7), Taiwan (13), Thailand (24)

BILA I on SCCs Final Statement



2. AsIPA One International Training Course

AsIPA desk has designed continued training courses in three years subsequently as on-going formation programme of Small Christian Communities (SCCs). This AsIPA One International Training Course was the first workshop of them.

This workshop aimed at learning the vision of a participatory church, understanding SCCs, knowing foundations for community building, acquiring key pastoral tools for SCCs and learning gospel sharing methods and awareness programmes. In their evaluation, participants gave the daily morning Gospel Sharing the highest appreciation. It seems that there is nothing that can improve on the simplest, most prayerful way to meet Christ and each other, through the Word of God.

  • Dates: October 25 (Mon.)-30 (Sat.) 2010
  • Venue: Redemptorist Centre, Pattaya, Thailand
  • Number of Participants: - 88 participants (including 6 resource persons): bishops 1, priests 50, religious sisters 12, laity 25 - From 13 countries: Bangladesh (13), India (6), Indonesia (1), Korea (1), Macau (1), Malaysia (6), Mongolia (1), Myanmar (2), Philippines (10), Singapore (1), Sri Lanka (2), Thailand (39)


Final Statement of AsIPA General Assembly

 

The Final Statement of the Fifth AsIPA General Assembly is now available on the respective section of the FABC-Office of Laity and Family. The meeting of 225 participants from 17 countries took place at the Regional Major Seminary in Davao, Philippines from October 20-28, 2009. 231109

View the Final Statement


AsIPA Calendar 2009

 

 

January to December 2009


Collaborative Research Project of East Asian Pastoral Institute (Manila) and AsIPA desk FACB-OLF
Research and Evaluation of AsIPA process in five countries.
Participating archdioceses & dioceses:
Cheju – S. Korea
Kurunegela – Sri Lanka
Mangalore – India
Nueva Segovia – Philippines
Thare & Nonseng – Thailand

 

September
AsIPA Training Programme
Sta. Catalina Center of Spirituality, Baguio City, Philippines
14 – 25 September 2009

Details…

 

October
AsIPA 5th General Assembly
Regional Major Seminary (REMASE), Catalunan Grande, Davao City, Philippines.
20-28 October, 2009

Theme:  “Do this in memory of me” (Lk 22:19)
              Bread broken and Word shared in SCCs/BECs
Details…

 


 

AsIPA Leadership Team

 

 

The AsIPA Leadership Team of the FABC-Office of Laity and Family (OLF) met in Singapore Sept 29 to Oct 3, 2008 to prepare, coordinate and edit the final texts of the AsIPA modules.  Thest texts are either in full or in part translated into more than 30 Asian languages.  The members of the team come from six different Asian countries.  The meeting was the last one under the leadership of Ms. Cora Mateo who is to be succeeded by Ms. Wendy Louis from the Singapore Pastoral Institute (SPI) as the new AsIPA Desk Coordinator of FABC-OLF.  The next AsIPA General Assembly which is also prepared by the leadership team will be held in 2009 in Davao, Philippines.

 


 

AsIPA Training for Priests

 

 

A training session and exchange of experiences on the "Asian Integrated Pastoral Approach" (AsIPA) program of the FABC-Office of Laity and Family will be held in Singapore Nov 11-15, 2008.  The participants will have an exchange and training with Fr. Jose Marins and his team.  Fr Marins is a pioneer in Basic Ecclesiastical Communities (BEC) Approach for pastoral work in Brazil, Latin America.  Beyond priests from Singapore, the training is also open to priests from other countries.  The main topic of the session will be the role of priests in BECs and BCCs (Basic Christian Communities).  For more information, contact the FABC-OLF AsIPA Desk: Cora Mateo asipa.tp@catholic.org.tw or Daphne Leong in Singapore daphneleong@catholic.org.sg

 


 

AsIPA Courses 2008


The AsIPA Desk of the FABC Office of Laity and Family announces the following courses this year:


Philippines

Singapore

  • November 11-15: Singapore Pastoral Institute. Contact Ms. Wendy Louis: wendyl@singnet.com

India

  • In India, the Pallotine Animation Centre in Nagpur offersa 40-day in 2004.  This year's course lasted from January 8 to February 17, 2008.  There were 53 participants from India and Sri Lanka.  

For all these courses, please contact fabc.asipa@gmail.com





AsIPA General Assembly in November


AsIPA, the “Asian Integrated Pastoral Approach initiative of the Office of Laity and Family of the FABC, will have their fourth general assembly Nov 8 to 15, 2006 in Trivandrum, India. The theme of the assembly will be SCC's/BEC's towards a Church of Communion.” The conference seeks to study how the Integrated Pastoral Approach can strengthen the Church as communion, which effective steps are to be taken for nurturing small Christian communities and especially how to live the Eucharist and the sacraments in small Christian communities. The meeting is also supposed to discover effective structures and plans for exchange and sharing of resources.

 

Two email addresses have been created for further contacts and informations: asipa2006@yahoo.com and asipaassembly@rediff.com


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Report on 4th AsIPA General Assembly


On 8th November, 2007, approximately 300 delegates and chief guests to the 4th AsIPA General Assembly were welcomed in the traditional style of the culture of Kerala by coming into the venue (Maria Rani Centre, Archdiocese of Trivandrum) in a procession accompanied with dancers and musicians. His Excellency, Abp. Pedro Lopez Quintana, the Papal nuncio to India, inaugurated the assembly and delivered the inaugural address. Other guests of honour who joined the nuncio in lighting the traditional lamp and delivering messages were Abp. M.C Soosa Pakiam, local ordinary of the host diocese and Chairman of the FABC Office of Laity.& Family, Bp. Gratian Mundalan, Vice-President of CBCI, Abp. Stanislaus Fernandes, Secretary General of CBCI, Aux. Bp.. Joshua Mar Ignathios, of the Syro Malankara Archdiocese of Trivandrum, Mr. Abraham Arackal, Vice President of the Catholic Council of India and Ms. Cora Mateo, coordinator of the AsIPA Desk of the FABC Office of Laity & Family. Abp. Stanislaw Rylko, President of the Pontifical Council for Laity sent a message to the Assembly.


The inaugural Eucharist was presided over by Abp. Quintana and concelebrated by 18 bishops and 130 priests delegates of the assembly.


The country reports shared on the 9th November helped to review the progress made in the Church in Asia towards the vision of a Participatory Church, a Communion of Communities, articulated by the FABC in Bandung in 1990. The keynote address by Bishop Fritz Lobinger, on 10th November emphasized the ministry of lay people in the building of SCCs (Small Christian Communities). Bishop Peter Kang of Korea spoke about The Multiple Dimensions of Church, pointing out that the SCC is an opportunity to form lay people to participate actively in the mission of the Church. Bishop Bosco Penha of India spoke about "The Eucharist as the Theological Foundation of SCCs and stressed the connection between the celebration of the Eucharist and our lived reality saying that "The Eucharist has to become a reality in our neighbourhood towards social transformation. Fr. Paul Puthanangady SDB, of India, spoke on "Living the Sacraments in SCCs - Initiation into the sacraments and the Role of the SCCs". Finally Fr. Arthur Pereira of the AsIPA Resource Team, gave a presentation on the effective steps in nurturing SCCs. That evening Abp. MC Soosa Pakiam hosted a colourful cultural programme and dinner for the delegates at his residence in Trivandrum.


On 11th November, the delegates discussed their "Role in the SCCs in the light of the inputs of the previous day". Bishops, priests, religious women and lay leaders did some serious and soul searching reflection which they shared with each other later in the afternoon.


November 12th, was a day that will be remembered by delegates for a long time. They visited various parishes in the Trivandrum archdiocese where they were given a warm welcome, participated in the Sunday Eucharist with the local community and shared lunch in a SCC group. They visited families in the parishes, listened to the stories of peoples lives, and learnt how the SCCs have become the basic structure of the Church in the archdiocese which is working towards the vision of a new way of being Church. On 13th November the delegates reflected on their immersion experience and shared how they were greatly inspired by the animating role of parish priests as well as the active participation of laity in the functioning of the SCCs. They ended the day with cultural presentations from their respective countries/regions.


On 14th November they will join in the celebration of the Eucharist at the Rally of SCCs in the Archdiocese of Trivandrum which is the culmination of the celebration of the year of the SCC in the diocese. The assembly ends on 15th November with the presentation of the final statement and the celebration of the Eucharist presided over by Cardinal Telespore Toppo of India.


The assembly has reinforced the vision of the FABC towards building a Communion of Communities. It has effectively evaluated the progress made thus far and pointed out areas for improvement. The delegates present renewed their commitment to working towards the vision of a new way of being Church using the AsIPA programme.




A Short Background History of AsIPA


During the 5th Plenary Assembly the Asian Bishops expressed the response of the Church, at the level of its very being, to the demands of evangelization in the third millennium: the Church (must become) a “Communion of communities where laity, religious and clergy recognize and accept each others as sisters and brothers…it must be a Participatory Church …” (FABC IV, 8.1.1-2)


Part of this vision on a “New way of Being Church” was the growing concern to discover a more contexualized pastoral approach that would take into consideration the cultures and needs of the local churches. In various meetings and during visitation with individual dioceses and church leaders, the FABC OL was regularly requested to introduce and share materials that would meet the formation needs of people today.


Among the many materials was the approach, developed by the Lumko Missiological Institute associated with the Bishops Conference in South Africa. The FABC OL facilitated a number of Lumko exposure Programs in Asia and discovered that there were many positive responses.


Because of the level of interest in Lumko, one of the workshops at the 5th Plenary Assembly of FABC in Bandung, Indonesia in 1990 was devoted to introducing some of this material. As a result of the enthusiasm of the bishops who participated, the FABC OL was requested to organize 2 international Asian level Lumko training courses. The first of these was co-sponsored with the Pastoral Center Taiwan and was in Mandarin, the second took place in Thailand and was conducted in English. In November 1993, a Consultation sponsored by the FABC offices of Human Development and Laity was held in Malaysia. It was during this consultation that AsIPA (Asian Integral Pastoral Approach) was born. The FABC Consultation in 1993 gave a positive evaluation of the formation programs conducted by the FABC OL and encouraged them to continue the adaptation process of Lumko materials into Asian context and to develop its own materials.


AsIPA is the achievement of a long process: As the importance of the role of the laity became more accepted, the local Churches also realized there is a corresponding need for lay formation, so that lay people could play their rightful role in the Church. In some early attempts at lay formation, the emphasis was on an academic approach which led to the realization that a different model of formation was needed:


A model that would incorporate the principles of adult education, respect for the experience of the participants and be open to the real situation and needs of the local community.


The meaning of AsIPA (Asian Integral Pastoral Approach)

AsIPA is Asian because it seeks to implement the vision articulated by the Asian Bishops and to face the realities of the Asian peoples that challenge the Church in Asia: our pluralism, the existence of the great Asian religions, the vast numbers of young people and their vitality, massive poverty, the women’s movement, the ecological movement etc.


It is Integral in that it seeks to achieve a balance between the “spiritual” and the “social”, between the individual and the community, between the hierarchical leadership and the co-responsibility of the laity. It is therefore integral in both its approach and its content.


It is Pastoral in that its goal it to implement the vision of the new way of being Church, and particularly to train lay people to carry out their mission in the Church and in the world .It thereby constitutes a demand that priests be trained to encourage the co-responsibility of the laity and to work in teams. This requires a new style of leadership.


As an Approach, AsIPA is a process of realizing the vision of a participatory Church. It addresses the entire people of God. It is a pastoral approach, which is “Christ- and community-centered”, allowing the participants of training courses to search for themselves and to experience a “New Way of Being Church”.


AsIPA Courses


Training programmes on international and national level (for pastoral leaders, priests and lay people) with exposure to BCCs have proved to be effective tools to see the vision and to acquire the skills needed in a Participatory Church (e.g. new leadership style, Gospel based communities, participative formation programmes)


Materials Developed


To date, there are four series of materials with specific objectives that will assist the facilitators and the participants in a training course: These AsIPA texts are compiled by trainers who are involved at the grassroots level. They can be used for small communities, for neighborhood groups and even for sessions with larger groups in a parish hall. They are prepared as a guide for a participatory process and compiled in such a way that with minimum preparation, a facilitator can use them following the instructions in the text. AsIPA texts have been translated into more than 15 Asian languages.


Current Status of AsIPA


The Second AsIPA General Assembly in October (2000) gave a clear picture how far the effort has gone. It gathered 105 participants from 12 Asian countries and Papua New Guinea for an exchange of experiences, to share locally developed materials and to deepen into the methodology. The Assembly identified 4 main challenges: inculturation, becoming agents for change, harmony and dialogue, and collaborative style of leadership. It also recommended that a general assembly of diocesan and national teams be held once every 3 years to be a continuous forum of exchange and deepening in the vision of a Participatory Church. The first General Assembly was in 1996 attended by trainers from 8 Asian countries and Papua New Guinea.


An Editorial Board was set up to develop new training booklets. In some countries, locally produced texts are also being used and through the Editorial Board, some of those materials are designed to be suitable for the wider Asian formation sessions. After the second General Assembly, an Editorial Consultation Network was created to meet increasing demands from local teams.


To date, the different AsIPA courses at Asian, national and diocesan levels have reached almost all the member conferences of the FABC, in 17 countries. There are AsIPA teams in 12 countries to coordinate efforts. Six are national teams. The FABC-OL AsIPA Desk has been taking charge of international coordination and organization to form the Asian facilitating teams.



 

 

 

contact

 

 

Executive Board

 

Archbishop Patrick D'Rozario, csc

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Chairman

 

Bishop Joel Z. Baylon

Legaspi, Philippines

 

 

 

OLF & Women's Desk

Ms. Wendy Louis

Executive Secretary

CAEC, 2 Highland Rd

#01-09

Singapore 549102

Tel: (65) 68587081

E-mail: fabc.laityfamily@gmail.com

 

 

Youth Desk

Fr. Patrick S. Gomes

Executive Secretary

c/o Archbishop's House

1 No. Kakrail Road, Ramna

G.P.O. Box 3, Dhaka 1000

Bangladesh

Tel: (88-02) 934 5131 / 831 5405-09

E-mail: psimongomes@yahoo.com

youthdeskfabc@gmail.com

 

 

AsIPA (BEC) Desk

Ms. Bibiana Joo-hyun Ro

Executive Secretary

643-1 Junggok 1-dong

Gwangjin-gu, Seoul

South Korea, 143 912

Tel: (82-2) 460 7547

Fax: (82-2) 460 7545

E-mail: asipa.fabc@gmail.com

 

 

 

AsIPA (BEC) Desk EVENTS

  1. AsIPA Training Programme
  2. AsIPA 5th General Assembly

 

 

AsIPA (BEC) Desk Documents

  1. BILA I on SCCs Final Statement
  2. 1st AsIPA General Assembly Final Statement
  3. 2nd AsIPA General Assembly Final Statement
  4. 3rd AsIPA General Assembly Final Statement
  5. 4th AsIPA General Assembly Final Statement
  6. 5th AsIPA General Assembly Final Statement
  7. 6th AsIPA General Assembly Final Statement

 

 

AsIPA (BEC) Desk Resources

  1. SCC The Fundamental Paradigm for the Church
  2. Report of Regional SCC Meeting in India 2012
  3. Report of National Council SCC Meeting in India 2012

 

 

AsIPA Texts

AsIPA texts consist of four series of materials with specific objectives that will assist the facilitators and the participants in training courses. They can be used for small communities, for neighborhood groups and even for sessions with larger groups. They are prepared as a guide for a participatory process. All texts are the property of the FABC, Office of Laity and Family, AsIPA Desk. Permission to photocopy and amend is given freely.

 

List of AsIPA Texts Available

 

A. Gospel Sharing

 

A-1  Gospel Sharing Adds “The One Thing Needed”
A-2  Gospel Sharing is Digging the Treasure
A-3  We Experience 7 Step Gospel Sharing
A-4  With Christ We Share Ourselves
A-5  “You are My Witnesses”
A-6  Difference Between Gospel Sharing and Bible Study
A-7  The Bible-Mirror Method

A-8  The Problem Solving Scheme

 

Gospel Sharing Methods

1. Seven Steps Method of Gospel Sharing

2. Bible Mirror (Group Response) Method of Gospel Sharing

3. Lookl Listen Love Method of Gospel Sharing

 

B. Small Christian Communities

 

B-1  SCCs are “A Home for Everyone”
B-2  SCCs are “A Concrete Expression of the Church"
B-3  Why Small Christian Communities?
B-4  Leadership in Small Christian Communities
B-5  Small Christian Communities Evaluate Themselves
B-6a  What is Evangelization?
B-6b  Evangelization is Sharing our Hope
B-6c  Be Converted to God’s Ways!
B-7a  Guiding Leadership
B-7b  Attitudes of a Guiding Leader
B-7c  The Working Style of a ‘Guiding Leader' or ‘Animator’ as a Community Builder

B-8a  The Eucharist Making us one

B9  SCCs and Associations

B10  Pastoral Visiting

 

C. Our Vision of A Participatory Church

 

C-1  Participating in the Friendship of Christ
C-2  Sent to Participate in the Mission of Christ
C-3  Participating in God’s Plan for the World
C-4  Co-Responsible Fellow Workers not ‘Helpers’
C-5  The Gifts of the Spirit makes Participation Possible
C-6  Our ‘Dream’ of a Participatory Church
C-7  A New Way of Being Church Is it really New?

C-9  The Laity and their special mission Participation in what?

 

D. Pastoral Planning-Awareness Programmes-Leadership for the Parish

 

D-1  In Search of A Pastoral Focus
D-2  Training Parish Teams to conduct ‘Awareness Programmes’ (AP)
D-3  We Are Called and Sent
D-4  We Are Sent to Create Unity
D-5  The Focal Point of All our Parish Activities
D-6  How to Start Small Christian Communities (SCCs)
D-7  How to Maintain Small Christian Communities (SCCs)
D-8  Serving Like Jesus
D-9  Leadership in the New Way of Being Church

D-10  SCCs and Leadership Styles