"Paper cuts in this booklet were produced by Professor He Qi and students at the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary". -- inside front cover.
"This article first appeared in the 'China Study Project Journal', British Council of Churches, in the winter of 1987". -- inside back cover.
"In 1986, I spent five months in China visiting Catholic communities." -- p. 1. "The villages I saw are open, friendly, proud of their Catholic heritage without belittling non-Catholic minorities among them. Faithfulness to God is their top priority, but at the same time, they see goodness beyond themselves. I could not help thinking of some of the principles laid down by the Vatican II Council were to be studied by them, how much more such communities will grow". -- p. 36.
Added sub-title on cover: An international dialogue with the Chinese Church.
Based on the conference: God's Call to a New Beginning, Montreal, Oct. 2-7, 1981.
"An historic meeting took place in Montreal in 1981. Catholic and Protestant leaders from China met with 150 other Christians from around the world, an unprecedented gathering which launched a new beginning in relationships and understanding. This book draws on the rich resources provided by that momentous occasion, although it is not a day to day conference report". -- Preface, p. i.
Contents divided into five main sections: The People -- Being the Church -- The Chinese Church and International Relations --Epilogue -- Appendix.
Bibliography: p. 178-184.
Contents: Dedication to Dr. Edward H. Johnson -- Preface / Raymond L. Whitehead -- Acknowledgements / Theresa Chu and Christopher Lind -- Introduction / Theresa Chu and Christopher Lind -- The Church in Revolution / Andre Myre -- Response / Tissa Balasuriya, Robert Carbonneau, James G. Endicott, Sebastian Kappen, K.H. Ting, Sergio Torres -- Reconciliation with the People / Chen Zemin -- Response: Jean Charbonnier, David Paton, Masao Takenaka -- Witnessing to Christ by Chinese Catholic Clergy and Laity / Fu Tieshan -- There is Freedom of Religious Belief in New China / Fu Tieshan -- Freedom as Viewed by a Chinese Christian / Shen Yi-fan -- People's Stories : Haiti / Karl Leveque -- Korea / Oh Jae-shik -- Barbados / Nita Barrow -- China / Shen Yifan -- Introduction / Anwar Barkat -- Church Life at the Grassroots / Jiang Peifen -- What New China Means to Me / Kiang Wen-han -- How New China Christians Think Anew Theologically / Shen Yi-fan -- How My Christian Faith Has Been Shaped by My Context / Cynthia McLean -- Reflections of a Chinese Catholic Layman / Lu Weidu -- Contextualization : No Passing Fad / Roger Hutchison -- Response: Tissa Balasuriya, Zhao Fusan, Oh Jae-shik -- People's Theology : Sri Lanka / Tissa Balasuriya -- Philippines / Louie Hechanova -- Chile / Sergio Torres -- China / Jiang Peifen -- Introduction / Theresa Chu and Christopher Lind -- How "Foreign" Was the Christian Church in China ? / Kiang Wen-han -- Colonialism and Missionary Movement / Zhao Fusan -- From Blind Obedience to Independence / Wang Zicheng -- To Have an Independent, Self-Ruled and Self-Managed Church is Our Sacred Right / Tu Shihua --On International Relations of the Chinese Church / Han Wenzao -- Fourteen Points / K.H. Ting -- Difficulties and Prospects / K.H. Ting -- From "Church to the World" to "Church for the World" / Katharine B. Hockin -- Some Personal Reflections on Chinese Society / Paul Lin -- Introduction / Theresa Chu and Christopher Lind -- Reflections on God's Call to a New Beginning / Don McInnis, Nicole Riberdy, Anthony Chang, Joyce Seroke, Zhao Fusan -- Envisioning the New Beginning / Doug Roche, James G. Endicott, David Paton, Edward H. Johnson, Franklin Woo, Tissa Balasuriya.
Appendex includes: Workshop Reports -- List of Participants -- Reports on the Conference by Participants: A Bibliography -- Other Reactions.