Thanksgiving Service in Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Christian Conference of Asia and 500 Years of Reformation
The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), originally named as the East Asia Christian Conference, which began its ecumenical journey in March 1957, celebrates 60 years of proving a valuable service. It places itself as an institution 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. Many Sri Lankans have played an important role in the life and witness of the CCA, such as, Rev. Dr. D.T. Niles, being the founding secretary, Rt. Rev. Kenneth Fernando, Mrs. Chithra Fernando, Rev. Duleep Fernando, Mr. Israel Paulraj, to name a few, while Rt. Rev. Diloraj R. Canagasabey holds office in the present Executive Committee.
Further emphasizing the contribution made by Sri Lanka, the CCA General Assembly in the year 1995 was held in Sri Lanka, themed, Hope in God: in a Changing Asia.
In October 2017, the world marked the five-hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. At the center of this movement stands Luther’s rediscovery of the Gospel message, interpreting the Bible in new ways, thereby calling into being many of the Protestant denominations that exist to this day.
Taking into consideration these two important milestones in Church history, the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka has organised a thanks-giving service, to praise and thank God for the vision set on us.
The service will be held at the 4.00pm on December 1. 2017 at the Christian Reformed Church, Galle Road, Colombo 04, incidentally being one of the oldest CRC churches in Sri Lanka. The National Christian Council of Sri Lanka, also takes the opportunity in felicitating and honouring those have made a significant contribution to the ecumenical movement through NCCSL and its constituent members.
The communion service, commencing at 4pm, will be graced by all Heads of the member churches and foreign dignitaries, including the General Secretary of the Christian Conference of Asia Dr. Mathew George Chunakara, from Chiang Mai, Thailand.