China, Christianity, and the

Dialogue of Civilizations

28th International Conference of

the US-China Catholic Association

cosponsored by the Department of Sociology, Santa Clara University

Full Program

The 2021 conference is an event spanning 3 days, 5 keynote speakers, a range of pastoral reflections, academic panels, practical workshops , and many other events to foster a deeper conversation surrounding Christianity, culture, and the friendship between the Church in China and in the U.S.

This program page will include further details as we update the schedule.



Ian Johnson

Pultizer-prize winning New York Times journalist, and author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao.

Afternoon Keynote

Lu Nan (吕楠) 

One of the most respected photographers in China – featured in the prestigious international photographic cooperative Magnum Photos.

Vigil Mass

The Eucharist will be celebrated in the Samta Clara Mission Church. All are welcome.

Award Banquet

In honor of Brent Fulton and Joann Pittman of ChinaSource

(may be booked separately from conference, more information...)

Academic Panels

Saturday will include a series of concurrent panels where noted scholars and experts share their insights and respond to the questions of conference participants.

Bridges between China and the West: Three case studies


The life careers and insight of Chinese and Western members of the church who played important roles in dialogue in the life of the church.

The Sino-Vatican accord in historical and comparative perspective


In recent decades, missiology us have emphasized the importance of enculturation. In the past five years, Chinese regulations on the sinicization of religion – the necessity that it adapt to the Chinese context – have been promulgated. What has been the impact of these regulations?

Sinicization of religion: Meaning and application


In recent decades, scholars throughout China have the Bible and Christian theology. Some have reflected on theology from a Chinese academic perspective. What have they had to say? What is the significance of this intellectual movement?

Sino-Christian theology: Chinese intellectuals engage Christian tradition


China, which boasts the world’s fastest growing economy, also has a fast growing list of environmental problems. For this reason, China is also pursuing solutions to climate change and environmental degradation. Have China’s Christians environmental sustainability in their country? Or should they?

The Coronavirus, the Global Community, and the Church


How has the recent coronavirus pandemic affected the church in China? However the church is responded to this pandemic?

Civic Controversy in Hong Kong and Christian Community


Recent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have divided the island’s community. How have these protests affected Hong Kong’s Christian churches? And how have they responded to these developments?

Young People in Contemporary China


What are the challenges and concerns of young people in China? What do most young Chinese typically learn about religious faith? Why do some embrace Christianity?

Chinese Christian Spirituality


Christian mission literally means being sent, and so it is often imagined to be a one-directional enterprise. The reality is that Christianity also learns from and is enriched by the culture as it encounters. How have Chinese spiritual traditions enriched Christianity?

Download the Call for Papers for Saturday’s academic panels.


Authors of accepted proposals will be notified on a rolling basis starting July 1st.

Once the conference dates have been confirmed, the full list of presenters and the topics they will address will be available here.


Plenary Presentation

Chiaretto YAN Kin Sheung (甄健湘)

Youth expert, visiting professor at Saint Joseph University, Macau, and research fellow at Sophia University, Italy.

Afternoon Keynote

Rachel Zhu (朱晓红)

Professor of Religious Studies at Fudan University and a noted author and public intellectual.

Workshops and Pastoral Sessions

Sunday’s workshops and pastoral sessions will be live broadcast via Zoom for those cannot participate in person. Online participants will be able to submit questions and comments.


The full program and registration for online participation will be available once the conference dates have been confirmed.

The Church in China


Sessions on the training of ministers, the life of the Church, and challenges and opportunities in China today.

Chinese International Students on U.S. College Campuses


What are the challenges that Chinese international students face when attending university in the United States? How can host institutions better welcome them and prepare them for service in society.

Chinese International Students at U.S. High Schools


What are the challenges that Chinese international students face when attending high school in the United States? During these formative years, how can host institutions better foster their integral human development?

U.S. Chinese Parishes


Workshops on the challenges of living as Chinese Christians in a multicultural society, including workshops on cultural heritage, youth, reaching out to new immigrants.

If you would like to suggest a workshop or a speaker, please visit the Proposals page.

The US-China Catholic Association was founded in 1989 by concerned U.S. bishops, Maryknoll, the Jesuits, and representatives of other religious orders in order to promote mutual support and fraternal ties between the Church in China and the U.S. Church.

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