STUDY TOURS

Connecting Chinese and Americans in fraternity, faith, and mutual respect.

Study Tours in the making 2022

Please note: At present, given the COVID-19 situation, we are unsure of Chinese policy regarding foreign visitors, however if you are interested in a study tour with us in 2022, please let us know by filling out the interest form below, or by contacting Bernard Ciernick at USCCA,Conference@gmail.com.

From the Heartland to the Borderlands: Faith in Chinese Context

China is a land of surpassing cultural and historical breadth. Experience its ultra-modern cities, its great centers of education, and its ancient heartland, as well as villages in Yunnan and the foothills of Tibet where some of the minority groups that participate in the cultural mix of China have lived for centuries.

 

In these diverse settings, study tour participants will hear firsthand from local Catholics and witness the role that the faith plays in their communities. 

 

This study tour was designed for graduate students and other members of the academic community. Educational subsidies may be available. All are welcome.

 

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USCCA Friends Across the Pacific: Solidarity in Challenging Times

Visit with Catholics who work in parishes, retreat centers, youth ministry, seminaries, social service centers, and universities and other settings. 

 

Find out how we can support one another in these difficult times.  An antidote to being hemmed in by our own local pressures and concerns, this tour lends a lively experience of the Church Universal.

 

As you journey through Beijing, Tainjin, Shanghai, Xi'an, you will also encounter China's modern metropolises and ancient historical sites.

 

This tour was designed for representatives of U.S. Catholic organizations who want to meet and explore possibilities for collaboration with their counterparts in China.  It will provide an overview of the contemporary circumstances of China and the Catholic community.  All are welcome.

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China Ever Ancient, Ever Young: The Human Quest

This study tour of China integrates the experience of China’s modern cities – universities, art districts, music scene – with the opportunity to meet with Chinese youth and young adults – Catholic, Protestant, traditional, secular.  Come experience how our younger brothers and sisters in the faith are living their lives now in a quite different China from previous generations.  How is the Church growing and adapting to meet the challenges and opportunities of the ever-changing Chinese landscape? Chinese youth are not the Church of tomorrow.  They are the young Church of today.

 

If you have never visited China before, the tour can be extended to include some of the classic tourist destinations, from the Forbidden Palace to the Great Wall.

 

This tour was designed for those who work with Chinese international students at  U.S. high schools or universities:

  • high school religious ed and theology teachers

  • religious studies and theology professors at the university level

  • campus ministers and parish youth ministers

  • student services personnel, counselors, recruiters, and administrators

 

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