To Understand Chinese Culture. Build a Community of Scholars. Bring Healing to China.
BackgroundFor the first time in Chinese history, multitudes of middle-class professionals are exploring religion, especially Christianity, to find meaning for their personal and national existence. A number of prominent public intellectuals and social entrepreneurs look to Christianity as they seek nothing less than the construction of a new culture, modern but yet Chinese, for the world's most populous nation.
In the process, Chinese must re-think their deepest cultural roots and recover their own lost traditions, including their suppressed Christian heritage. This task also involves Christian internationals and Chinese who are overseas in Asia and the West.
The stakes are enormous: With China emerging as the dominant power of Asia and a global power, the nature of its leading moral and social philosophy will greatly influence the impact it has upon other nations.
VisionGlobal China Center will work for the following goals:
- A clearer, stronger sense among Chinese Christians of their rich heritage.
- Rising awareness among Chinese intellectuals of the positive contribution of Christianity.
- Full acceptance by the public and government of Christians and their faith.
- Moral renewal of Chinese society as Christian concepts and values spread more widely and deeply.
- Participation by Christians from China in the growing Christian community worldwide.
MissionGlobal China Center’s purpose is to foster the moral transformation of Chinese cultures and societies.
We seek to:
- Understand the core values, driving purposes, and major challenges of the Chinese people, and communicate our findings to the academic, nonprofit service, business and religious communities involved in China.
- Advise, mentor and train those who desire to interact with Chinese on issues of Chinese culture, society, history, and religion.
- Encourage Christian thinkers and doers to investigate and apply the implications of Christianity for Chinese society, and collaborate with Chinese scholars and nonprofit practitioners in China and around the world.
- Support or engage in projects that further healthy moral and spiritual development in China.
Our current and projected activities include:
- Produce and distribute popular and scholarly materials in English and/or Chinese that address current issues of Sino-Christianity. Our website (www.globalchinacenter.org) features articles on Chinese culture and society.
- Design, co-sponsor, and participate in seminars and conferences that highlight the contributions of Chinese Christianity.
- Design and launch strategic projects to promote cultural and social change, such as The Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity (BDCC) project, an online database chronicling the stories of Chinese Christians (www.bdcconline.net).
- Mentor individuals and advise nonprofit institutions with a burden for serving China.
- Form a network of scholars called to study Chinese Christianity, both senior scholars and younger researchers (with advice on dissertations and career development).
Organization and PersonnelGlobal China Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in Albemarle County, Virginia.
Partnering with other organizations on projects, and building a virtual network of colleagues around the world, we make the most of extensive relationships to enhance capacity to make a significant impact with minimum structure and overhead. Our size allows us to be flexible and innovative in a world of constant change.
GCC is governed by a Board of Directors and advised by a distinguished panel of senior China scholars.
- Dr. Daniel Bays, Calvin College
- Ms. Martha Chan, ERRC, California
- Dr. Ryan Dunch, University of Alberta
- Dr. Brent Fulton, ChinaSource
- Dr. Christopher Hancock, Oxford House, Oxford, England
- Dr. Peter Ng, Chinese University of Hong Kong
- Dr. Scott W. Sunquist, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
- Dr. G. Wright Doyle, Charlottesville, Virginia
- Dr. Carol Lee Hamrin, Adjunct Faculty, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
- Dr. Yading Li and Dr. Cui’an Peng, Honolulu, Hawaii
Senior Research Associates:
- Dr. John Barwick, Boston
- Ms. Stacey Bieler, M.A.
- Mr. Cole Carnesecca, Ph.D. student, University of Notre Dame
- Meng MA, Charlottesville, VA
- Martha Stockment, Charlottesville, VA
Staff and Volunteers:
- Dr. G. Wright Doyle, General Director
- Mr. Robert Freund, MBA, CPA, Director of Finance and Administration
- Ms. Martha Stockment, Administrative Assistant
- Ms. Helen Travis, Book Keeper
- Mr. Jason Truell, Website Design