The Neo-Cold War: The Resurgence of the Geopolitics of Global Empires in (North) East Asia
Date: 20:00 p.m. (GMT 8:00) on 7 & 8 December, 2021
Two-day Webinar: A critical theological and missiological conversation on East Asia Geopolitics from a regional perspective.
Theme: “The Neo-Cold War: The Resurgence of the Geopolitics of Global Empires in (North) East Asia.”
Proposal: To deepen the reflection presented in the last TEF steering group meeting by providing a global and regional perspective and stimulating a conversation on the churches role for just and peaceful co-existence in the face of shifting power relations and regional instability focusing on but going beyond the China-US Imperial and hegemonic power struggle noting the roles of Japan and India among others. The webinar will invite reflections from the perspective of peoples movements and life-centered values rooted in nurturing a renewed gospel-based theological prophetic imagination to usher in transformed regional relationships for the “healing of the nations.”
The intention is to contextualize the Taiwan – China conflict in a regional/global perspective focused on forward-looking, justice-seeking missiological imperatives for the church in (N) EA and globally which lead beyond descriptive analyses of Imperial power plays.
The webinar will involve two sessions of two hours each with speakers from Taiwan, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and the Philippines enriched with reactions and dialogue with participants in TEF from a global perspective.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lai, I-Chung,
President of the Prospect Foundation in Taiwan
The Caribbean: Rev. Dr. Roderick Hewitt,
President of International University of the Caribbean
USA: Rev. Dr. Nancy C. Pittman,
President and Stephen J. England Associate Professor of the Practice of Ministry
at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa
New Zealand: Rev. Phil King,
Global Mission Director of Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand
Korea: Professor Yi, Ki-Ho,
the Executive Director of Center for Peace and Public Integrity in Hanshin University, South Korea
Japan: Rev. Makoto Kato,
Executive Secretary for Ecumenical Ministries of United Church of Christ in Japan
The Philippines: Rt. Rev. Dr. Rex R. B. Reyes, Jr.,
Coadjutor Bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Central Philippines