The Advisory Committee of CATS which met at the headquarters of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) from 26 to 29 November 2018 decided to propose ‘Reconciliation, Renewal and Restoration: Divine Indicative and Human Imperative’ as the theme of the ninth Congress of Asian Theologians (CATS-IX).
The CATS-IX will be held in Kandy, Sri Lanka from 5 to 10 August 2019.
The Advisory Committee of CATS consists of representatives of CCA, the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), Association of Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA), and Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore Colleges (BTESSC) undertook extensive deliberations to finalise the theme, as well as to work out the modalities of various components of thematic and plenary sessions.
CATS-IX will bring together 100 selected Asian theologians – theological educators, research scholars, especially young theologians and provide them space to exchange their experiences and research results related to Asian theologies.
In addition to four thematic presentations, CATS-IX will feature panel presentations, interfaith dialogue sessions, ecumenical conversations and dialogue on emerging Asian issues and Asian theologies in specific contexts.
Dr. Mathews George Chunakara, General Secretary of CCA outlined the objectives of the Asian theologians’ summit next year, and stated that the “CATS-IX will be a premier interdisciplinary platform for budding theologians, researchers, practitioners and educators from ecclesiological diversities in Asia to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns in the field of Asian theologies in context”.
“CCA encourages theologians in Asia and Asian theologians in diaspora to contribute and present papers on topics related to the theme and sub-themes of CATS-IX”, added the CCA General Secretary.
All those interested in participating in CATS-IX must submit their application preferably with endorsement from their sponsoring bodies/ theological schools, or churches.
The CCA offers limited travel grants, mainly to students, PhD research scholars, and early career scholars.
Initiated by the CCA in the mid-1990s, the first CATS was held in Suwin, South Korea in 1997 and the last one was held in Kochi, Kerala, India in 2016.
The CATS provides opportunities for Asian theologians including the Asian theologians in diaspora to come together in a common platform, debate common interests and form networks.