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WCC general secretary to visit People's Republic of China

WCC general secretary to visit People's Republic of China

Union Theological Seminary, Nanjing, national seminary of the Chinese Protestant churches

13 November 2006

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia is leading an ecumenical delegation to visit the People's Republic of China (15-22 November). It will be Kobia's first visit as WCC general secretary to China.

In China, Kobia and delegates will visit Shanghai, Nanjing, Beijing and Xi'an. The reconfiguration of the ecumenical movement and its role in the 21st century in the midst of the changing landscape of Christianity will be among the issues to be discussed with leadership of the China Christian Council and the Three-Self Patriotic Movement. Meetings with state officials, staff of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, and social scientists at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences are also scheduled. 

The WCC member church in China, the China Christian Council, is a post-denominational church linked with the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches in China. 

The ecumenical delegation accompanying the WCC general secretary is composed of Rev. Dr Tyrone Pitts (WCC central committee member, general secretary of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, USA); Rev. Dr Seong-Won Park (WCC central committee member, from the Presbyterian Church of Korea, South Korea); Rev. Fr Gabriel Papanicolaou (ecumenical officer of the Church of Greece), Dr Mathews George Chunakara, (WCC Asia secretary) and, as consultants to the delegation, Dr Monika Gaenssbauer (on China issues) and Rev. Deborah DeWinter (on communications). 

Kobia's predecessor, Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser, paid an official visit to China in 1994. 

More detailed visit programme outline