Honoring the Nestorian Christians

Friday, January 11, 2013



Joint Project of the Asiamerica & Partnership Offices (The Episcopal Church)and Ming Hua Theological College (Hong Kong) and co-sponsored by Fund for Theological Education in South East Asia.

When: February 3-6. 2013 (Sunday-Wednesday)
275 E. Rodriguez Blvd., Cathedral Heights, Quezon City, Philippines 

Theme: One Table, One Host Many Guests: 

Theologies Across Asia-America

Expected Scholars from:
The Episcopal Church; Episcopal Church in the Philippines; Iglesia Filipina Independiente; Anglican Churches in Asia; Seminaries from Asia and America;  Concordat and Ecumenical Partners in Asia

(1) To share theologies across Asia-America.
 (2) To collect and/or publish contextual Asia-America theological books and resources;
(3)To develop continuing relationship of open dialogue on theology, mission and ministry;
(4) To identify key questions and challenges where future collaborations might resource the developing understanding of Anglican identity in Asia-America.

Organizing Persons:
Rev. Canon Dr. Winfred Vergara & Canon Peter Ng (Episcopal Church); Dr. Gareth Jones (Ming Hua Theological College, Hong Kong)  (In communication with ECP, IFI and Anglican Churches in Asia)

The Most Rev. Edward Malecdan, Prime Bishop, Episcopal Church in Philippines
The Most Rev. Ephraim Fajutagana, Obispo Maximo of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente
The Very Rev. Dr. Patrick Tanhuanco, President & Dean of St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary
The Very Rev. Terry Revollido, Dean of Aglipay Central Theological Seminary
The Rt. Rev. Dixie Taclobao, Bishop of Central Philippines
The Rt. Rev. Bart Espartero, Dean of IFI National Cathedral
The Very Rev. Rex Reyes, Secretary-General of the National Council of Churches (Philippines)
Dr. Josefina Sumaya, President of Trinity University of Asia  
Professor Lizette Tapia-Raquel, Union Theological Seminary                                    

Hong Kong:  
Dr. Gareth Jones , Principal of Ming Hua Theological College
Rev. Dr. Royce Victor, Bangalore Theological Seminary
Rev. Canon Michael Poon, Center for the Study of Asian Christianity, Trinity Theological College
The Rev. Grace Kazako Kanzaki, Diocese of Tokyo (Translator: Chikako Tsukada) 
New Zealand:  
Dr. Jenny Te P’aa, St. John’s Theological College, New Zealand 
United States:
The Rt. Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii, TEC
Mr. Sam McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer & Missions Director, TEC                                 
The Rev. James Callaway, Director of Colleges & Universities of the Anglican Communion
The Rev. Dr. Zse-kar Wan, professor at Perkins Seminary of the United Methodist Church
The Very Rev. Katherine Ragsdale, President & Dean, Episcopal Divinity School
The Rev. David Copley, Director of Mission Personnel, TEC
The Very Rev. Raynald Bonoan, EAM Convener for Filipino Convocation, TEC
The Rev. Fr. Randolph Albano, Vicar of St. Paul’s, Honolulu, TEC 
Archdeacon Irene Maliaman, Episcopal Church of Micronesia     

For more information, contact:
The Rev. Dr. Winfred B. Vergara, Missioner for Asiamerica Ministries
The Episcopal Church Center . 815 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017                                   
Tel:  (0)    212-922-5344        © 646-510-6918                   
Email: wvergara@episcopalchurch.org                             

Canon Peter Ng, Partnership Officer for Asia and the Pacific  
The Episcopal Church, 815 Second Avenue, New York 10017
Telephones: (0)  212-716-6317 © 646-234-6195
Email: png@episcopalchurch.org


  WEBSITE: www. episcopalchurch.org 


Sunday, February 3 – Arrival of Overseas Guests
Sulo Reviera Hotel, Matalino Road, Diliman, Quezon City,1110 Philippines.
Tel: +632-924-5051 Fax: +632-922-2030 www.sulorivierahotel.com 

6:00 P.M. – WELCOME RECEPTION by the Iglesia Filipina Independiente at its National Cathedral
                     500 Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila (Guests will be picked up from hotel at 4:30 P.M.)

Monday, February 4 (Forum will be held at Trinity University of Asia Mandell Hall)

 6:30 AM –THANKSGIVING MASS of TUA’s 50th Foundation Anniversary & Opening of TUA Exhibits
Concelebrants: Prime Bishop Ed Malecdan; Obispo Maximo Ephraim Fajutagana; Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick
Preacher: The Very Rev. James Callaway, Director of Colleges & Universities in the Anglican Communion
Greeting: Mr. Sam McDonald (On behalf of the Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori).

-Welcome & Opening Remarks from Sam McDonald, Director of Mission
-Welcome from Dr. Josefina Sumaya, president of TUA
-Introduction of Guests, History, Theme and Goals (Fred Vergara, Peter Ng & Gareth Jones)
10:30 A.M. – Coffee Break & Networking
11:00 A.M. PRESENTATION I - Very Rev. Terry Rebollido
12:00 Noon – Lunch Break
1:30 P.M. – PRESENTATION II – The Very Rev. Dr. Patrick Tanhuanco
2:30 P.M. – Coffee Break
2:45 P.M.- PRESENTATION III – Professor Lizette Tapia-Raquel
3:45 P.M.- Coffee Break
4: 00 P.M. - PRESENTATION IV-  The Rev. Dr. Winfred B. Vergara 


Tuesday, February 5
8:30 A.M. – MORNING PRAYER @ SATS Chapel (Homilist: The Very Rev. Dean Katherine Ragsdale)

9:30 A.M. -  PRESENTATION V – Dr. Jenny Te Pa’a
10:30 A.M.- Break
10: 45 A.M. –PRESENTATION VI – Dr. Gareth Jones
12:00 A.M. - LUNCH
1:30 P.M. – PRESENTATION VII – The Rev. Canon Michael Poon
2:30 P.M. – Coffee Break
2:45 P.M. – PRESENTATION VIII – Dr. Royce Victor
3:45 P.M. – Break
4:00 P.M. – PRESENTATION IX – The Rev. Grace Kasako Kanzaki (Translator: Chikako Tsukada)
5:00 P.M. – PRESENTATION X- Rev. Dr. Sze-kar Wan

Wednesday, February 6
(Guests may check out of the Hotel. Or avail of the late check-out.)
9:00 A.M. – MORNING PRAYERS AT SATS CHAPEL (Homilist: The Rt. Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick )  
                     ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: The Future of Theological Exchange in Asia-America


 (In Order of Presentation. Note Actual Titles May Change)

The Rev. Dr. Eleuterio J. Revollido is an ordained priest of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) and is currently the rector of the Aglipay Central Theological Seminary (ACTS) in Urdaneta City, Philippines. He is a member of the Commission on Ecumenical Relations and International Affairs of the IFI and the clergy representative to the Concordat Council with The Episcopal Church. A member of the Continuing Committee to the Eight Congress of Asian Theologians (CATS VIII) and the present chairman of the Samahan sa Teolohikal na Edukasyon ng Pilipinas (STEP-Association for Theological Education in the Philippines). He was a participant in the theological discussion from 2006-2008 sponsored by the Old Catholic Church of the Union of Utrecht, The Episcopal Church, the Church of Sweden and the IFI on the issue of Globalization and Catholicity where he contributed some articles on the book published from this conference. He is a social activist involved in many justice and peace issues in the Philippines.Presentation Title: “A Theological History of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente: Journey to the  Ecumenical Vision of Food on the Table, Serving and Sharing.”

The Very Rev. Dr. Patrick Tanhuanco is the President and Dean of St. Andrew's Theological Seminary, the premier and only Anglican-Episcopal seminary of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines. Dr. Tanhuanco earned his B.Sc. Comm., Cum Laude, from Far Eastern University, Manila, Philippines; M.Div. from Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, Canada; and Doctor of Ministry from Denver Seminary, U.S.A. His book, Christian Discipleship: Jesus Christ's Followers, and other writings, are used in various levels of theological education. In consultation with the Archbishop of Canterbury, he was invited to serve as a member of the Theological Education in the Anglican Communion Steering Group 2 (TEAC 2) which is based in London, England, United Kingdom. Presentation Title: "Theological Education in the Anglican Province of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines: Making Disciples of Jesus Christ."

The Rev. Lizette Galima Tapia-Raquel is an ordained deacon of the United Methodist Church. She has two theological degrees, Master of Divinity and Master of Theology, from Union Theological Seminary, Philippines, and the Southeast Asia Graduate School of Theology, respectively. She has been teaching feminist theologies, body and sexuality, ecumenics and contextual theologies at Union for six years. She is also the convener for the Center for Women, Youth and Children. Her articles and bible studies have been published in Union's journal, by the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) and the World Council of Churches (WCC). Presentation Title: “Crying-Out, Resisting, Asserting, Celebrating: The Gospel according to Lualhati Bautista.”

The Rev. Canon Dr. Winfred B. Vergara is missioner for Asiamerica Ministries in the Episcopal Church based in New York City. Recently chosen as one of the outstanding alumni of Trinity University of Asia (Philippines) where he first completed Political Science and Journalism (B.A.,1974), Vergara is also a graduate of three seminaries in three countries: St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary, Philippines (M. Div. 1978); Southeast Asia Graduate School of Theology, Singapore (M. Th. 1986); and San Francisco Theological Seminary, California (D. Min.,1990). In addition, he received an honorary degree (D.D., 2007) from Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP, Berkeley, California) along with former Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold and former California Bishop William Swing. He has written several books and articles in both secular and religious publications, including Mainstreaming Asian Americans in the Episcopal Church (2006) and Catholicity and Brief History of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines (2011). He has served as priest in the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (1978-1981); St. Andrew’s Anglican Cathedral of Singapore (1981-1986); founding vicar of Holy Child Church in San Jose, California and Canon Missioner for Asian Cultures in the Diocese of El Camino Real (1991-2004). Presentation Title: ”Transcending Contextual Boundaries: The Neighbor-ological Theology of Kosuke Koyama and Implications for Asia-America Christian Mission.”

Dr Jenny Plane Te Paa is internationally renowned for her pioneering work in bicultural theological education. She writes and teaches extensively on identity politics particularly noting their still deleterious post-colonial effect upon the aspirations and thus potential contributions of minorities. As a lay Maori woman unique in her status as a globally experienced Anglican leader, Jenny has always sought to advocate for the intellectual interests of indigenous peoples, lay peoples and for those traditionally marginalized from the riches of the theological academy. She has taught at St Johns College in Auckland New Zealand for twenty years.  Presentation Title: "Re-thinking Contextual Theological Education – Whose ‘Con’ and Whose ‘Text’?”

Dr. Gareth Jones is principal of Ming Hua Theological College in the Anglican Province of Hong Kong and Macau. He was an Open Scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a First in Theology in 1985 and his PhD in Philosophy & Theology in 1988. He received the University Lightfoot Prize and the College’s Eliot & Corrie Prizes for his Finals, and was a Visiting Scholar at Jesus College, Oxford in 1987-88. He was Oxford University’s Bampton Junior Research Fellow at Keble College, from 1988 to 1991, when he succeeded David Ford at Birmingham University as Lecturer in Systematic Theology. He was subsequently Theological Consultant to the House of Bishops of the Church of England (1997-9), in which capacity he also served as Secretary to the Doctrine Commission. After working in Canterbury as Professor of Theology, he also participated widely in theological education in Africa. The author of several books and a number of essays and articles, Dr. Jones continues to write on questions in philosophy & literature and Christian Doctrine. He is married to Nicky, a financial journalist, and has two sons, Daniel (8) and Benjamin (6). Title of Presentation: “Living with Jesus, Living in the Spirit: The New Mission Imperative for Today's Asia-Pacific Anglican Communion"

The Rev. Canon Dr Michael Nai-Chiu Poon is an honorary canon of Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, Singapore and director and Asian Christianity and research coordinator of the Centre for the Study of Christianity in Asia, Trinity Theological College, Singapore. He is an Anglican member of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission, and a member of the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order. He is co-chair of DABOH, the documentation and mission history study group of the International Association for Mission Studies. He previously served in Anglican churches in Macao and Hong Kong from 1984 to 2004. Presentation Title: "Communicating Communion: Contextualizing Amid Globalizing in the Asia Pacific." 

The Rev. Dr. Royce M. Victor is the Registrar and Professor of the Old Testament at the Kerala Unit d Theological Seminary, Trivandrum, Kerala, India. He earned his Ph.D. in Biblical Interpretation (Hebrew Bible) from the Brite Divinity School of the Texas Christian University, U.S.A. He has published several scholarly articles in national and international journals and chapters in books, and book entitled Colonial Education and Class Formation in Early Judaism: A Postcolonial Reading (London and New York: T&T Clark, 2010). His research interests are postcolonial studies, contextual interpretation of the Scripture and feminism. Rev. Victor is an ordained minister in the North Kerala Diocese of the Church of South India. He is seconded to this conference by the Fund for Theological Education in South East Asia. Presentation Title: “New Trends in Dalit Theology.”

The Rev. Grace Kanzaki  
(Brief bio and Title Being translated from Japanese)

The Rev. Dr. Sze-kar Wan is an ordained Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Massachusetts, USA, and is currently Professor of New Testament at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, USA. Trained classically as a New Testament scholar, Sze-kar is also interested in such diverse areas as Pauline studies, post-colonialism, political theology, Chinese Confucianism, Chinese Christianity. He is the author and editor of numerous books and articles, including Power in Weakness, a commentary on 2 Corinthians, and The Bible in Modern China (with Irene Eber). Title of his presentation: “Translate to Transgress: A Theological Account of the Chinese Bible.”