United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association (UCCBA)
The United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association (UCCBA), Associate Member of the CBF, is a society of Chinese biblical associations and groups throughout the world, providing services for the biblical-pastoral ministry. Its emergence was the fruit of the CBF First Asian Workshop held in Hong Kong in 1985. The foundation of UCCBA was officially laid during the Second Chinese Biblical Meeting in 1990, reflecting on "The Bible and New Evangelization" for the preparation of the CBF Fourth Plenary Assembly (Bogotá, Colombia, 1990).
With a Biblical Servicing Center located in Hong Kong, UCCBA coordinates its work through liaison with members, publication of news bulletin and regular meetings to foster communication and sharing of biblical resources and formation materials. The international network of UCCBA, linked with the Overseas Chinese Apostolic Center of the Sacred Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in Italy, is divided into the South West Pacific/Europe, the North Asia, the Americas and the Oceania regions.
Its purpose is to implement Chapter VI of the DEI VERBUM Constitution and to assist Chinese Catholics worldwide to promote Bible sharing, study and research. The major function of UCCBA is to promote the biblical pastoral ministry in the Chinese-speaking world. The founding and constitutive members include the Bible Associations from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.
UCCBA publishes a regular bulletin, named as "Communion" (first bi-monthly issue in 1990 and changed to quarterly format in 2004). Each issue has a set theme based on a chosen book or theme, providing exegetical and pastoral information for personal reflections. The bulletin also gives news on the biblical pastoral ministry worldwide and introduces different methods of Bible reading/sharing.
UCCBA became a member of the CBF in 1993.
Meetings of United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association (UCCBA)