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Asian Ecumenical Institute (AEI)–2021 commences

Posted on 18 October 2021

Students of AEI–2021 The Christian Conference of Asia’s (CCA) annual month-long ecumenical formation and leadership development training course, the Asian Ecumenical Institute (AEI)–2021, commenced on 18 October 2021. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to prevent in-person meetings in Asia, the annual programme is being conducted online. 28 young people from across Asia and beyond, selected...

 

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UN Special Rapporteur encourages Asian churches to increase engagement with UN

Posted on 13 October 2021

Participants of Asia Regional Consultation on ‘Freedom of Religion, Rights of Religious Minorities, and Constitutional Guarantees in Asia’   The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Dr Fernand de Varennes, encouraged Asian churches to increase their engagement with the UN as part of their advocacy to promote minority rights. Dr Fernand de Varennes addressed...

 

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On World Mental Health Day–2021, CCA General Secretary calls upon Asian churches to ensure provision of mental healthcare for all

Posted on 9 October 2021

In a statement released by the CCA General Secretary Dr Mathews George Chunakara on the occasion of World Mental Health Day–2021 called upon Asian churches to ensure the provision of mental healthcare for all amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a considerable impact on people’s mental health and this pandemic has disrupted […]

 

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Experts call for a shared vision to strengthen dialogue and wider collaboration for protecting the rights of minorities and freedom of religion

Posted on 9 October 2021

During a panel discussion at the Christian Conference of Asia’s (CCA) Regional Consultation on ‘Freedom of Religion, Rights of Religious Minorities, and Constitutional Guarantees in Asia’, a group of Asian experts called for a shared vision to strengthen dialogue and wider collaboration in protecting the rights of religious minorities and their freedom of religion. Speaking […]

 

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Constitutional guarantees for freedom of religion falling short in ‘interpretation and implementation’ in Asia, opine Constitutional experts at CCA Consultation

Posted on 8 October 2021

“Although a majority of Asian countries have strong constitutional provisions and guarantees to secure their citizens’ freedom of religion and belief (FoRB), there are severe shortcomings in interpretation and implementation, or in upholding such principles in practice,” observed two legal experts on the third day of the CCA’s Asia Regional Consultation on ‘Freedom of Religion,...

 

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Interfaith leaders share new paradigms for combating religious extremism in Asia

Posted on 6 October 2021

‘Combating Resurgence of Religious Extremism in Asia: Role of Religions’ was the focus of the thematic discussions on the second day of the Christian Conference of Asia’s (CCA) Asia Regional Consultation on ‘Freedom of Religion, Rights of Religious Minorities, and Constitutional Guarantees in Asia’. Faith leaders belonging to Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity affirmed in...

 

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Respect for the right to freedom of religion is a common good and political virtue, a prerequisite for a just and humane society, tells CCA General Secretary

Posted on 5 October 2021

“The respect for the right to freedom of religion is a common good and political virtue, and it is a fundamental prerequisite for a just, peaceful and humane society. The right to freedom of religion or belief is often violated by both governments as well as individuals, acting either on their own behalf or as […]

 

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CCA Consultation resolves to ‘put faith in action’, moving forward to end AIDS by 2030

Posted on 24 September 2021

Participants of Asia Regional Consultation: Strengthening Interfaith Actions in HIV Response  A two-day Asia Regional Consultation on ‘Strengthening Interfaith Actions in HIV Response’, organised by the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) on 21–22 September, saw a call to action by various faith leaders from Asia and beyond. The thirty-five participants collectively affirmed, “Serving...

 

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CCA’s annual Asian Ecumenical Institute (AEI)–2021 to focus on the theme ‘God’s Assurance of Healing and Restoration’

Posted on 16 September 2021

AEI Faculty–2021 The Asian Ecumenical Institute (AEI), the annual ecumenical formation and ecumenical leadership development training programme of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) will be held from 18 October to 19 November 2021. Admissions to AEI–2021 will be offered to 30 students between the ages of 25 to 35. Prospective students will be selected […]

 

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Indonesia National Capacity-Building Training to strengthen HIV and AIDS Advocacy calls for communities to support PLHIV amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on 7 September 2021

The Christian Conference of Asia together with the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (Persekutuan Gereja-Gereja di Indonesia) organised a three-day national capacity-building training programme (in online mode) to strengthen HIV and AIDS Advocacy in Indonesia. It was held from 1–3 September 2021. Forty participants from different member churches of CCA and PGI from across Indonesia […]

 

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