Christian Conference of Asia
The Christian Conference of Asia began as the East Asia Christian Conference, which was constituted by a decision of churches, national councils of churches and national Christian councils whose representatives met at Prapat, Indonesia, in March 1957. It was inaugurated at an assembly at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in May 1959. In the light of changing circumstances the 1973 Assembly, meeting in Singapore, agreed to change the name to Christian Conference of Asia (CCA). In doing so, it retained the purpose of the East Asia Christian Conference and provided for continuing work along the same or similar lines.
The Christian Conference of Asia is a regional ecumenical organisation representing 17 National Councils and 100 denominations (churches) in 21 countries:- Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Laos, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Timor Leste.
The name of the Organisation is Christian Conference of Asia (hereinafter referred to as the CCA). It was constituted by the decisions of Christian churches, national councils of churches and national Christian councils whose representatives met at Prapat, Indonesia, in March 1957, and was inaugurated at the Assembly in 1959 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The CCA was known as the East Asia Christian Conference from its inauguration until the Fifth Assembly in Singapore in June 1973.
- a) The promotion and strengthening of the unity of the church in Asia;
- b) The exploration of opportunities and the promotion of joint action for the fulfillment of the mission of God in Asia and throughout the world;
- c) The encouragement of Asian contributions to Christian thought, worship and action throughout the world;
- d) The development of mutual awareness, fellowship and sharing among the churches in the region, and of relationships with other regional ecumenical organisations and the World Council of Churches;
- e) The promotion of common study and action in such fields as evangelism, service, social and human development and international relations;
- f) The stimulation of initiatives and experiments in dynamic Christian living and action;
- g) The development of effective Christian responses to the challenges of the changing societies of Asia;
- h) The development and promotion of relationships with people of other faiths in Asia;
- i) The protection of human dignity and the promotion of caring for the creation.
Believing that the purpose of God for the church in Asia is life together in a common obedience of witness to the mission of God in the world, CCA exists as an organ and a forum of continuing cooperation among the churches and national Christian bodies in Asia within the framework of the wider ecumenical movement. CCA is committed to the equal participation of women, men, youth, clergy and laity in church and society.