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Sound the Bamboo
[CCA Hymnal]




2 to 4 DECEMBER 2010 – BANGKOK

A Joint Statement

The fifth gathering of the Asian Movement for Christian Unity (AMCU V) was held from 2 to 4 December 2010 at the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) Documentation Center at the St Louis Hospital compound in Bangkok, Thailand.

Twenty-nine (29) participants, representing the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), the Asia Evangelical Alliance (AEA), and the Asian Pentecostal Society (APS) took part. Earlier AMCU gatherings (Hong Kong, 1996; Bali, 1998; Chiang Mai, 2001; Kuala Lumpur, 2007) were jointly sponsored and organized by the CCA and FABC. The participation by representatives of AEA started in AMCU IV and now in AMCU V the Asia Pentecostal Society was invited as the result of a suggestion from the Asian gathering of the Global Christian Forum in Seoul, Korea, on 12-16 November 2010.

The theme of AMCU V was: “One in the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer” (cf. Acts 2:42). This is the theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2011. In the sharing of our faith journeys with Christ we discovered the work of the Holy Spirit among us. Throughout these days, there were presentations and fruitful and open discussions on the topics, “One in the Apostles’ Teaching”, “One in the Gift and Task of Fellowship in Christ”, and “One in the Breaking of Bread and Prayer”.

Specific issues dealing with challenges to our fellowship in Christ were also discussed in the course of the event. These issues were those such as conflict transformation, interfaith relations and cooperation, human dignity, and care for creation. There had been trustful sharing on what measures might be taken in response to these realities.

In the light of our experience at this gathering, the participants call upon the component bodies (CCA, FABC, AEA and APS) to:
  1. increasingly provide support for joint efforts in addressing ecumenism at the local level;
  2. facilitate more space for dialogue of faith in order that we might better understand one another’s faith convictions;
  3. facilitate a greater sharing of how an emphasis on spirituality may be helpful in responding to contemporary societal challenges;
  4. provide resources for the materialization and possible expansion of AMCU gatherings every three years; and
  5. encourage the possible coordination and integration of themes among AMCU, the Congress of Asian Theologians (CATS) and the Asia Conference of Theological Students (ACTS).
Affirming our oneness in Christ, we look forward to the next gathering of the Asian Movement for Christian Unity (AMCU VI) in the middle of 2013.

Christian Conference of Asia (CCA)
Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC)
Asia Evangelical Alliance (AEA)
Asian Pentecostal Society (APS)

Bangkok, Thailand
4 December 2010

posted by cbs on Thursday, December 16, 2010  

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