Uniting Church welcomes Delegation from China Christian Council

China Christian Council delegates with Uniting Church leadersThe Uniting Church in Australia will this week welcome a high level delegation of Chinese aged care providers led by the China Christian Council (CCC).

From 15-24 July the CCC delegation will visit residential and community aged care facilities in Sydney and Canberra and attend seminars on clinical care and governance. The Canberra visit will include attending meetings at the Federal Parliament.

Uniting Church President Rev. Prof. Andrew Dutney says the visit signifies the strong and growing partnership between the CCC, the UCA and their respective agencies.

“On behalf of the whole Uniting Church I extend our blessings and a warm welcome to our brothers and sisters from the China Christian Council,” said Rev. Prof. Dutney.

“Care for those in need is at the core of Christian practice and we are proud to be able to share our mutual learnings and experiences as Church partners.”

“With almost 2.5 million Christians baptised in the last five years the Chinese church is experiencing phenomenal growth. We welcome the opportunity to explore ways to support and learn from each other in our service and witness.”

The visit by the CCC delegation follows a landmark joint conference in Nanjing last September of leaders of the UCA and the CCC.

National Director of UnitingCare Australia Lin Hatfield Dodds says Chinese providers are keenly interested in Australia’s models of social service provision through faith-based organisations.

“The UnitingCare network is delighted to be able to share learnings and models of best practice in service provision with our Chinese friends, particularly in services for vulnerable people needing care,” said Ms Hatfield Dodds.

UnitingWorld National Director Rob Floyd said the visit is the first of a number of planned exchanges and collaborations.

“We are looking forward to welcoming CCC Associate General Secretary Prof Lin Manhong later this year. Our partnership includes a UnitingWorld project that will address the Church’s critical need for leadership by supporting scholarships for students, fostering exchanges between Australian and Chinese students and providing unique opportunities for people within the Uniting Church in Australia to learn from one of the fastest growing Christian communities on earth,” said Mr Floyd.

15 July 2014

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One Response to “Uniting Church welcomes Delegation from China Christian Council”

  1. Rohan Prowse says:

    Encouraging to see this exchange.

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