Asia Pacific Circle meets in Malaysia

2018 Asia Pacific Circle Report

The Circle of Asia Pacific leaders met in Ipoh, Malaysia from 14 – 17 May 2018.  All leaders except Therese Meera (South West India) and Monica (Australia & Aotearoa/New Zealand) had been present for the prior ten days to participate in the Art of Skilled Dialogue, a workshop led by Ms Paula Sgherza. Also present were Bridget Paily and Lilly Devasia Kunnanattu from the Congregational leadership Team.  Facilitators were Anne Dalton and Laurina Loh.  


The Photo

Left to right:  Francine Muthugala, Therese Meera Mathew, Monica Walsh, Bridget Paily, Regina Htoo Htoo Marie Jean Bae, Sabina Pathrose, Anne Dalton, Laurina Loh, Catharina Supatmiyati, Joan Lopez, Lilly Devasia Kunnannattu, Regina Kuizon

The venue

The setting was magnificent, the Haven Resort, where a friend of Joan Lopez (Singapore/Malaysia) offered a reduced rental.  Steep cliffs, lush forest and a lake were alongside us to refresh our spirits.

The Reports

The APC was addressed by Theresa Symons with a report of the Asia Pacific Mission Development Office work and a message and greeting from Cristina Duranti, Good Shepherd International Foundation.  We are excited that GSIF is committed to assisting financially the work of the MDO in Asia Pacific.  Our plan is to grow to two workers.

Sashirekha Natarajan and Theresa Symons reported on the work of the Temporary Integration Working Party set up by the APC in August 2017.  The APC accepted the recommendation to set up an Integration Committee for Asia Pacific with a two year mandate.  This committee (APIC) will meet soon to prepare a Strategic Plan to work on developing integration of the Core Committees across the region.

Reports were tabled from each of the existing Core Teams (Partnership, Formation, Justice & Peace) and also from the Treasurer (Regina Kuizon) and from the Website (Pam Molony).

Bridget Paily presented an update from the Congregational Leadership Team, and Lilly Devasia Kunnannattu shared from the Contemplative viewpoint.

New Asia Pacific Integration Committee

Members of the Committee were chosen on the basis of their current membership of core teams plus being subject matter experts. Committee members are Joan Lopez, Chair (Singapore/Malaysia), Chatarina Supatmyati (Indonesia) Theresa Symons (Asia Pacific MDO) Gendrie Klein-Breteler (Australia – Aoteatora/New Zealand) Sashirekha Natarajan (Central East India/Nepal) Niluka Nisansala (Sri Lanka/  Pakistan) and Melania Jung (Northeast Asia). The first meeting of the new group will be on the 7th and 8th October in Singapore, and will be facilitated by Anne Dalton.

Time for celebration

Three Silver Jubilarians  (Regina Kuizon, Regina Htoo Htoo and Lillly Devasia Kunnannattu) were honoured during the meeting.

Strategic Planning

Following the business section the APC engaged in a Strategic Planning exercise, conscious that in two years’ time most Province Leaders will have changed.  Using the Four Quadrants of Change as background and preparations we came up with two goals:  (1) Common Vision as Good Shepherd in Asia Pacific and (2) Strengthened Networks in Asia Pacific.

Several objectives were named along with who would be responsible for what and when.  Since the Unit leaders will be together again in November in Bangalore (for a session with Yolanda Borbon) most of us will reconnect in November to work further on the objectives.  Among the objectives are continued systematic training (especially for lay mission partners) and transition processes occurring at all levels. 

There will be a Regional Assembly in Asia Pacific prior to the ICAs and CAC which are to be held in Angers.

2019 meeting....

The 2019 APC meeting will be held in Thailand.