Chris­tian groups vow sini­ciza­tion sup­port

Reg­u­la­tion calls for com­pat­i­bil­ity with Con­fu­cian val­ues, Chi­nese laws

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Zhang Han

China’s Chris­tian com­mu­ni­ties vow to ex­plore blend­ing church ac­tiv­i­ties with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics, and stressed that Chris­tian ac­tiv­i­ties be con­ducted in ac­cor­dance with Chi­nese laws, ac­cord­ing to a re­vised reg­u­la­tion on Chris­tian churches passed on Tues­day.

Gao Feng, pres­i­dent of the China Chris­tian Coun­cil (CCC) and Xu Xiao­hong, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Three-Self Pa­tri­otic Move­ment of the Protes­tant Churches in China (TSPM), at­tended a joint meet­ing of the CCC and TSPM where the re­vised reg­u­la­tion was ap­proved. Eighty-three stand­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers of the two or­ga­ni­za­tions at­tended the meet­ing in Bei­jing on Tues­day, CCC and TSPM re­ported on their joint web­site on Tues­day.

The re­vised doc­u­ment aims to reg­u­late Chi­nese Chris­tian churches to make Chris­tians pa­tri­otic and con­duct re­li­gious ac­tiv­i­ties in line with the so­cial­ist so­ci­ety. Churches should re­spect Chi­nese tra­di­tional cul­ture and ex­plore new forms of re­li­gious ac­tiv­i­ties with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics, the re­port said.

The re­vised reg­u­la­tion fo­cuses on more prac­ti­cal is­sues, and pro­vides a guide­line for lo­cal churches in manag­ing re­li­gious af­fairs in line with laws. CCC and TSPM will be more ac­tive in ad­min­is­ter­ing do­mes­tic churches, said the re­port.

The re­vi­sion re­flects the con­sen­sus among do­mes­tic Chris­tians that the 2008 reg­u­la­tion no longer fits Chi­nese so­ci­ety, a Bei­jing-based re­li­gious scholar who re­quested anonymity, told the Global Times on Wed­nes­day.

The re­li­gion should ad­just in sev­eral as­pects, in­clud­ing its cus­toms and build­ings. The re­li­gious phi­los­o­phy, such as its un­der­stand­ing of doc­trines and moral­ity, should also be com­pat­i­ble with Chi­nese cul­ture, which cen­ters on the Con­fu­cian val­ues of har­mony and in­clu­sive­ness, the ex­pert said.

Zhu Weiqun, for­mer head of the Eth­nic and Re­li­gious Af­fairs Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence, told the Global Times on Wed­nes­day that abid­ing by laws is the bot­tom line for a re­li­gion to con­duct ac­tiv­i­ties in China.

“As or­ga­ni­za­tions in China, churches should serve the na­tion and the peo­ple,” Zhu said, not­ing that some il­le­gal churches are us­ing re­li­gion as a means to col­lect money from the peo­ple.

“The ad­just­ment is a long-term goal for re­li­gions that can­not be ‘fully com­pleted,’” Zhu stressed.

CCC and TSPM is­sued a five-year plan in March on the sini­ciza­tion of Chris­tian­ity, in­clud­ing iden­ti­fy­ing con­tent in the Bi­ble that are in line with core so­cial­ist val­ues, then turn­ing them into eas­ily un­der­stood read­ing ma­te­ri­als. The plan also pro­motes Chi­nese el­e­ments in preach­ing, re­li­gious po­ems and songs, cloth­ing and church de­signs. Preacher train­ing will also be or­ga­nized.

In July, re­li­gious groups in China pro­posed that all re­li­gious venues should raise the na­tional flag to strengthen their re­spect to the flag. The move would strengthen na­tional con­scious­ness, help re­li­gious be­liev­ers bet­ter prac­tice so­cial­ist core val­ues, and carry for­ward the tra­di­tion of pa­tri­o­tism.

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