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The State of the Church in China – Kim-Kwong Chan Lecture

Date: October 28, 2013


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 ”Surviving and Thriving in a Sea of Unbelief: the Christian Church in China”

Monday, October 28, 2013
3:30 PM

Kayser Auditorium

 

Kim-Kwong Chan is the Executive Secretary, Hong Kong Christian Council  in Hong Kong, China

 

The Christian movement in China has been reborn from its almost being obliterated during China’s “Cultural Revolution” (1966-1976). In the succeeding centuries The church has found expression in a variety of  ecclesial expressions which have created a complex and diverse situation. Dr. Chan’s lecture will explore that unique situation of the Chinese church as well as its often paradoxical relationship with China government and offer his appraisal of the potential of Christianity in China.

Following the lecture, he will invite questions on all aspects of Chinese Christian life and on the larger religious situation in China.

The Reverend Doctor Kim-Kwong Chan, JP, received his undergraduate training in Nutrition (B.Sc.[F.Sc.]) from McGill University and subsequently finished three masters (M.Div., China Graduate School of Theology; M.A., University of Ottawa; S.T.L , Pontifical St Paul University) and two doctoral degrees from University of Ottawa (Ph.D.) and Pontifical St Paul University (D.Th.). He also did graduate studies on Agricultural Economics at University of London. Dr. Chan is currently the Executive Secretary of the Hong Kong Christian Council, the ecumenical Council of Hong Kong. A member of the Anglican Church, he is an ordained minister of the Christian National Evangelism Commission.  Dr. Chan currently holds the following academic appointments: Honorary Research Fellow at the Universities Service Center for China Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Adjunct Professor & Doctoral Supervisor of the Zhejiang University, China; Adjunct Professor & Doctoral supervisor, William Carey International University, USA. He has held teaching appointments in Medical School, School of Arts, School of Business and Theological Schools in UK, USA, HK, Singapore and China. He has served as the Chaplain of the Chung Chi College, and Program Director (later, as Senior Fellow) of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), Washington, D.C.

Dr. Chan has authored and co-authored 11 books, mostly on Christianity in China, including Protestantism in Contemporary China (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993) with Alan Hunter; Witness to Power: Stories of God’s Quiet Work in a Changing China (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2000) with T. Yamamori; Holistic Entrepreneurs in China, (Pasadena, California: William Carey International University Press, 2002) with T. Yamamori; and Religious Freedom in China: Policy, Administration and Regulation–A Research Handbook (Santa Barbara, CA.: Institute for Study of American Religion, 2005) with Eric Carlson. He has published some 100 academic papers in Journals and chapters in books in English, Chinese and French, and is a co-editor of a web-based database (http://www.hsscol.org.hk/FangZhi/main.htm) on sources of Christianity from more than 2,700 volumes of county Gazetteers in China. He is a member of the International Editorial Board of the Journal Religion, State & Society.

Dr. Chan has worked in China since 1979 and has traveled to most parts of China for various projects. In addition to his academic and ecclesiastical involvements, he serves as consultant for various national and international development agencies, such as Food For the Hungry International. He was the former President of the Hong Kong Nutrition Association, an appointed specialist on Religion in China of the Immigration Court of the Canadian Government, and an appointed expert on religious issues in China of the Federal Commission on International Religious Freedom of the US Government. Because of his contribution to the socioeconomic developments in China, he was awarded the Honorary Citizen of the Qingyuan City, Guangdong Province, China. The HKSAR Government appointed him as a Justice of the Peace for his contribution on China affairs. He is listed in the Who’s Who in Hong Kong, Asia-Pacific Who’s Who, Asian-American Who’s Who and Afro-Asian Who’s Who.