On November 22, 2023, Rev. Shan Weixiang, Vice President and General Secretary of CCC, warmly received a twelve-person delegation from the United Bible Societies (UBS) led by Dr. Bernard Low, Director of the UBS China Partnership, and had a meeting with them.
The two sides talked about their cooperation and friendship and exchanged views on Bible translation, distribution ministry and academic seminars after the COVID-19. Rev. Shan Weixiang and Dr. Bernard Low were the moderators of this meeting.
On behalf of CCC&TSPM, Rev. Shan Weixiang welcomed the revisit of old friends. He mentioned that UBS had always been supportive of the Bible ministry of the Church in China. He hoped to enhance the precious friendship with UBS, and that this trip would leave a good impression on the new friends who visited China for the first time.
Rev. Shan briefly introduced the situation of the Church in China, which included the historical background, faith situation, and the status quo of pastoral care, with special emphasis on the Three-Self Principles of the Church in China, as well as the purposes and significance of the Chinanization of Christianity in China.
Ms. Chen Hongli, head of the Publication and Distribution Team of CCC&TSPM’s Media Department, reported on the publication and distribution of Bibles in recent years and the measures taken to promote the Chinanization of Christianity in Bible ministries. She also mentioned the current achievements and challenges.
The UBS representatives raised questions during the discussion. Oldi Morava, Director of International Programme of the British and Foreign Bible Society, also introduced the current development of the Church of England, and said that the challenges they are facing shared similarities to those of the Church of China. He appreciated the Three-Self Principles of the Church of China and the efforts made in the Chinanization of Christianity in China.
On behalf of UBS, Dr. Bernard Low expressed gratitude to CCC&TSPM for its warm reception. He gave thanks to God for exchanges between the two sides, with a growing number of fellow workers visiting China to see God’s work in this country and hear the good testimonies of Chinese churches.
Dr. Low reiterated that UBS respected the Three-Self Principles of the Church in China, supported the ministry of Chinanization of Christianity in China, and looked forward to more in-depth and comprehensive cooperation in the future so as to continue the good friendship and bear abundant fruit.
The UBS delegation also visited the Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Grace Telling Bookshop. Ms. Gu Jingqin, the interim chief of the Overseas Relations Department and other colleagues participated in the reception.
Following this visit to the CCC&TSPM’s headquarters, the UBS delegates were invited to partake in an international seminar on the Bible and the Chinanization of Christianity in China, which would take place at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.
Translator & editor: Bei Feng