Second Chinese-German interfaith dialogue takes place

The German delegation is visiting Amity headquaters in Nanjing

On 10 and 11 of May, 2018, the second Chinese-German interreligious consultation 'Different Religions, Common Future' was held in Shanghai. About 50 representatives of both countries and from different religious, political and academic backgrounds participated. Mr Qiu Zhonghui, Chair of the Board and General Secretary of Amity and Li Xue, research fellow attended the consultation.

The meeting was jointly sponsored by the CCC&TSPM, China Religious Culture Communication Association, Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), and the Association of Protestant Churches and Missions in Germany (EMW). A first previous consultation was held in Hamburg in May 2016.

The consultations are an effort to promote the common development of the two countries through religious exchanges and cooperation, and to foster friendship between the Chinese and German people. “We want to exchange about the Chinese government's endeavor for the Chinese Church to sinicize.” explains Christoph Anders, director of the EMW.

The German delegation during a visit at the Amity Printing Ltd.

The China Ethnic Newspaper (中国民族报) reports that Rev. Gao Feng, president of the CCC, underlined in the opening ceremony, that the consultation is a good platform to improve exchanges and cooperation between different religions. He made clear, that although the Chinese church promotes sinicization of Christianity, it does not deny its ecumenism.

Xiao Hong, deputy secretary-general of China Religious Culture Communication Association, welcomed the willingness to strengthen religious talks between the two countries and affirmed the importance about reaching consensus and putting the consensus into actions.

Representatives of the German side reviewed the historic examples of development and challenges of Protestantism, Catholicism and Islam in Germany. They pointed out Germany's promotion of multicultural acceptance, the efforts of multi-religious dialogue and practice of variable development.

Chinese representatives emphasized the importance and inevitability of sinicization of religions in China. They showed their perspective of the historical heritage of the five major religions, religious ethics and their social adaptation in the new era. They emphasized the principles of avoiding conflicts, enhance dialogue and exchange about religious ethics.

After the consultations in Shanghai, the German delegation visited Nanjing. Secretary-General Qiu said in his welcome address:

“We live in a diversified world today. Never in a time in history, has there been such a strong need for mutual understanding and cooperation to take the challenges in a world which is undergoing unhistorical transitions and changes.

SDG 2030 No one left behind has united the world under the theme of sustainable and inclusive development. As faith and faith-based organizations, its our born-responsibility to provide shelter to the homeless, to give care to the disabled, to extend support to the marginalized, and to promote peace and justice through empowering the people.

Embedded in a multi-religion and multi-culture society, Amity has learnt to share and progress with different religions and ethnic groups through working together. We found that harmony with people of different beliefs is a natural result when we strive for the common goal of serving the society and benefiting the people.”

The following day, members of the delegation visited the Jinling Union Theological Seminary, the Amity Foundation and the Amity Printing Co. Ltd.

Amity leaders Mr. Qiu with German delegation head Jan Janssen and General Manager Liu Hei of Amity Printing (left) and Prof. Andreas Nehring (right)