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International forum on Diakonia in China and global comparisons

International forum will aim at promoting inter-contextual and cross-cultural dialogue on topics such as social service, sustainable development and peace among Chinese, European and global NGOs, government authorities and academia.

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Photo: Peter Williams

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Peace and Reconciliation in Diversity: An Inter-contextual Dialogue on Religious Philanthropy and Diakonia

 

Date: November 22-23, 2018

Venue: Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland

Co-Hosts: World Council of Churches and Amity Foundation

 

This international forum will aim at promoting inter-contextual and cross-cultural dialogue on topics such as social service, sustainable development and peace among Chinese, European and global NGOs, government authorities and academia.

The forum will aim to build bridges for inter-contextual dialogue in China, Europe and globally, promote better understanding of the development paths and current status of faith-based social services, and enlarge our common vision through comparative perspectives and the sharing of knowledge and reflections on different approaches and practices.

The forum is jointly organised by the World Council of Churches and the Amity Foundation. The working languages will be English and Chinese.

Registering and more information: Alexandra Pomezny, email: Alexandra.Pomezny@wcc-coe.org. The closing date for registration is Monday, 22 October 2018.

Speakers:

Academia:

  • Dr. ZHUO Xinping, is a member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), a member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China and the President of the Chinese Religious Studies Association
  • Dr. WU Keping, Associate Professor, China Studies Department, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
  • Dr. CAO Nanlai, Associate Professor, Institute for the Study of Buddhism and Religious Theories, Renmin University, Beijing

Religious communities

  • Rev. HE Jiemiao,Chair of Three-Self Patriotic Movement, Suzhou Christian Council
  • Rev. LIAO Xiaoqin, Senior Pastor of Luzhou Church, Sichuan Province
  • Mr. MI Shoujiang, Vice Chair of China Academy of Hui Nationality, Board Member of China Academy of Religious Study; Committee Member of China Islamic Council; Standing Committee Member of China Academy of Middle East Study; Board Member of China Academy of Asia-Africa Study
  • Rev. Dr. Philip Wickeri, Advisor to the Archbishop of Hongkong Sheng Kung Hui (Anglican Church)
  • Sister ZHENG Yueqin, Director of Ark Center for Special Education
  • Venerable Huiji, Deputy General Secretary of Jiangsu Buddhist Council, Dean of Buddhist Seminary for Nuns
  • Abbot YANG Shihua, Deputy General Secretary of China Daoist Council

Amity Foundation

  • Mr. QIU Zhonghui: Chairman of the Board and General Secretary
  • Mr. GU Chuanyong, Deputy Chair of the Board of Amity Foundation, Counsel and Former Vice Director of Religious Affairs Bureau of Jiangsu Province
  • Dr. Theresa Carino: Senior Consultant

International speakers

  • Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit:General Secretary of the World Council of Churches
  • Prof. Dr. Isabel Apawo Phiri: Deputy General Secretary of the World Council of Churches
  • Prof. Dr. Kjell Nordstokke: Professor Emeritus and Special Adviser of Foundation Diakonhjemm,Diakonhjemmet Hospital and University College
  • Rev. Dr. Peniel Rajkumar: Programme executive for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation of the World Council of Churches
  • Mr. Peter Prove: Director of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs of the World Council of Churches
  • Ms. Heather Roy: Secretary General of Eurodiaconia
  • Mr. Allan Calma: Regional Program Coordinator from LWF
  • Mr. Michael French: Regional Program Coordinator from LWF
  • Rev. Ulrich Lilie, President, Diakonie Germany
  • Mr. Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, General Secretary of ACT Alliance
  • Mr. Thorsten Goebel, Program Director of ACT Allliance
  • Prof. Dr. Dietrich Werner: Senior Advisor of Theology, Ecumenical Education and Research with Brot für die Welt
  • Mr. Ulrich Nitschke, Head of Sector Program Values for Religion and Development at the Deutsche GIZ GmbH, as well as the head of PaRD Secretariat