Kuala Lumpur will be the setting for the Anglican Alliance’s first regional forum meeting: the east and south east Asia forum will take place from June 16 to 21st.
Peace and reconciliation, HIV and Aids and migrants, refugees and trafficked people, will be the three focal areas for the forum which will look at how Anglican churches and agencies throughout the region can work together on development, relief and advocacy.
Rev John Deane, executive director of the Anglican Board of Mission in Australia will be attending the meeting in his capacity as the new chair of the Anglican Alliance’s advisory council.
The forum meeting arose from the Asia consultation, and has been planned by Fr Desmond Cox of St Johns Cathedral in Hong Kong, Laura Ocampo of the Philippines and Bishop Moon Hing Ng of the Diocese of West Malaysia who is very kindly hosting the weeklong meeting.
It will hold sessions to develop a regional strategy and will especially look at developing a regional advocacy strategy on migrants, refugees and trafficked people. The mix of highly developed and developing economies has produced flows of migrants moving around the region in search of work. Many of them end up working exploitative conditions, sometimes trafficked into servititude or prostitution, and Angalicans have developed some effective and compassionate ministries for them.
Participants will also spend a day visiting some of the diocese’s development work in Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding area.
News from the forum will be posted on the Anglican Alliance website.
The Anglican Alliance’s second regional forum in Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to take place in September this year.