Dhaka, Bangladesh: The Executive Committee of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) met from 3–6 March 2023. While some members joined the meeting online, others met in person at the HOPE Foundation Centre in Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The hybrid meeting charted out specific programmes of the 15th General Assembly of the CCA, to be held later this year from 27 September to 4 October 2023 in Kottayam, India.
The main theme of the 15th General Assembly is ‘God, Renew us in Your Spirit and Restore the Creation’. Three sub-themes linked to the main theme are ‘Towards Affirming the Will of God’, ‘Towards Dwelling in Harmony with the Creation’, and ‘Towards Attaining Life in its Fullness’.
The Executive Committee reviewed the composition of the Assembly delegates and participants and decided on final seat allocations based on the membership of each member church and member national councils of churches.
The General Assembly will comprise 500 participants in different categories, such as voting delegates that are elected and/or appointed by member churches and councils; Officers of the CCA; and non-voting delegates such as fraternal delegates, ecumenical partners, observers, visitors, registered participants for specific non-business sessions, pre-assembly event participants, stewards, students of the Asian Ecumenical Institute, specially selected theology students and faculty members from theological institutions in and around Kottayam, as well as co-opted staff and CCA staff.
The Executive Committee also heard reports from the assembly planning and worship preparation committees. The members carefully looked into the details of the schedule of the assembly and various components of the assembly, which will begin with the opening session on 28 September and close on 3 October 2023.
Hosted by the National Council of Churches in Bangladesh (NCCB) and the Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB), the CCA Executive Committee was welcomed and greeted at the opening session by the NCCB General Secretary Rev. David Doss, and the Chairman of the CCDB Commission David Halder.
Dr Mathews George Chunakara, the CCA General Secretary, presented the General Secretary’s report to the Executive Committee which covered a wide spectrum of issues and themes to be addressed by CCA in the emerging Asian context. The General Secretary further shared information on several policy matters and guidelines related to finance, future sustainability, organisational administrative structures, and legal existence in Hong Kong and in Thailand.
The initial draft of a report on programme evaluation in the post-Jakarta period was presented by external evaluators and discussed by the Executive Committee.
Two additional Executive Committee meetings are scheduled in the pre-General assembly period, which will be held in July and September 2023.
Bishop Dhiloraj Canagasabey, Acting Moderator of CCA, concluded the Executive Committee meeting with closing remarks and Bishop Reuel Norman Marigza, Acting Vice-Moderator, led closing prayers.