Asia-Pacific Consultation begins

Today sees the start of a five-day Asia-Pacific Consultation in Hong Kong, aiming to identify possibilities for closer co-operation and communication between partner churches in that region.

Both the President and Vice-President of the British Methodist Conference, Will Morrey and Myrtle Poxon, will be in attendance.

Christine Elliott, World Church Office Asia Pacific Secretary, said: "This consultation should give us the opportunity to explore common and shared interests. We will be looking at ways for mission in Britain to be informed by developments of mission in other parts of the world."

She continued: "We have common issues such as the effects of globalisation, climate change, theological education, Islamic extremism, HIV/AIDS, and we need to learn from each other how the church and Christians can engage with society in these matters."

The Consultation came out of a dialogue begun with representatives from all 61 world church partners at the 2003 Llandudno Conference.

A group of 5-6 people elected at the Hong Kong Consultation will come to the UK for a period of around 10-days to share with Methodist Church in Britain the outcomes from the Consultation, beginning with the World Mission Conference in June 2005.

Two representatives will be present from each partner church. The 22 Asia-Pacific region partner churches are:

 South Asia:

            India - CSI & CNI, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar

South East Asia - North Pacific:

            Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, (China), Korea, Japan

South Pacific:

            Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand

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