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3266 Edition

September 22 - October 5, 2014

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PCT Pays Homage To The Scottish Independence Referendum


Reported By Lin Yi-yin


As the ratio of votes for Yes vs. No, regarding the Scottish Independence Referendum, is 45 to 55 under a 84% turn out rate, Scotland decides to remain in United Kingdom.


PCT also sends an observation group to monitor this independence referendum with 12 members, including Rev. Lo Ren-quei, Moderator of PCT General Assembly and the leader of this observation group; Professor Tsai Din-quei, President of Taiwan Plebiscite Union; Wu Juin-yen, Vice President of Restoration of Taiwan Social Justice; Chou Mei-li, Deputy General Secretary of Taiwan Solidarity Union(TAU); Iwan Sing, an aboriginal; Pasang, representative of ATIPP(Association of Taiwan Indigenous Peoples' Policy); some PCT committee representatives from ecumenical and women, and reporters from Taiwan Church Press. This observation group launched on September 12 and back to Taiwan on September 23, then, holding a press conference in congress to report their findings during this Scottish Independence Referendum vote on September 24.


In the press conference, Rev. Lo Ren-quei expressed his thanksgiving to the arrangement and hospitality extended from Church of Scotland (CoS), making possible PCT's observation group to invite more Taiwan political parties, social groups and youth representatives to join. Lo said, the observation group is further divided into 4 units to watch more closely different dimensions of this referendum vote. The atmosphere of the independence referendum is peaceful, Lo said, and England does not threat Scotland in guns like China did toward Taiwan with thousands of missiles.



Rev. Lo thinks the referendum result shows that most Scottish young people support Yes camp, as they hope Scotland can have more sovereignty; most elderly people stand behind No camp, for they worry about the uncertainty caused by a drastic economical, financial and political change. And one thing deserves to be reminded, said Lo, the proposition of this independence referendum is very clear: Should Scotland be an independent country? Such clear-cut choice for the Scotland people cannot ever be more conspicuous, said Lo, and this is wholly different from Taiwan's referendum act, castrated by a bird-cage like legal mechanism and a practically impossible high threshold, leading nowhere yet have to be scrutinized by a rubber stamp committee before the proposition can be established. Taiwan has a long way to go before her people can cast their ballots for an independence referendum free of obstruction, Lo commented in a straight talk.



Iwan Sing, an aboriginal representative, said she finds that 80% of the native Scottish people are proud to claim they are the Scottish, even the remaining 20% as immigrants also highly identify themselves as the Scottish. She, therefore, urge the people on Taiwan island to bravely claim: "We are Taiwanese!"



Professor Tsai Din-quei, President of Taiwan Plebiscite Union, remarks that plebiscite is the most peaceful way to decide on the independence or unification issue. Evidenced from the Scottish Independence Referendum, which legitimacy supersedes over Scotland's constitution, Taiwan people no doubt has right to determine whether to unite with China or not, and is privileged to decide whether the extrinsic ruling of the Republic of China should be terminated for ever, said Tsai.



Chou Mei-li, Deputy Secretary of TAU, thinks the greatest significance she learned from this Scottish Independence Referendum is that "People Decide", as such self-determination is the most basic value of democracy.



Based on a 95% of voter's registration and 85% turn out, Pasang, representative of ATIPP, concludes this referendum vote is near a total mobilization of the Scotland, yet the absence of radical conflicts or bodily fighting is more remarkable. He praises CoS could hold a reconciliation service, reflecting the common values and goals of the Scottish people after this historical vote for independence. And this is a democracy mind set worthy to be learned by Taiwan society.



Translated by Peter Wolfe


To report their two-week's findings during this historical Scottish independence vote, members of PCT-led Observation Group of the Scottish Independence Referendum, Rev. Lo Ren-quei(PCT General Assembly Moderator and leader of this observation group, center in pastor clad), holds a press conference in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan(Congress) on September 24, 2014.


Photo by Lin Yi-yin


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3265 Edition

September 22 - September 28, 2014

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People Win The Scottish Independence Referendum



Reported by Png Lâm-têng from Edingburgh



The result of globally attention-attracted Scottish Independence Referendum is officially announced at 7:00 am on September 19th 2014. "No" camp, who is against independence, gets 55.3% of the total ballots. And this result decides the Scotland to keep remaining in the United Kingdom.



Lead by PCT's General Assembly Moderator, Rev. Lo Ren-qyei, a group of 12-membered "Taiwan Observation Group of the Scottish Independence Referendum 2014", including representatives from different Taiwan civil groups and political parties, is the exclusive Taiwanese civil group arriving Edinburgh on September 15th for the sake of observing this significant independence referendum only. Arranged by Rev. Sandy Sneddon, Asian Secretary of Ecumenical Committee within Church of Scotland(CoS), Taiwan Observation Group is further divided into four units to proceed a detailed and comprehensive understanding.



After the result of independence referendum is announced, Taiwan Observation Group immediately joins a conference held by CoS at 10:00 am on September 19th to learn how CoS expresses their faith and stance within this important event and how church will work on social reconciliation in the future from CoS Moderator, Rev. John Chalmers, and the Secretary of CoS Church and Society, Rev. Graham Blount.



Blount said, though the referendum result can not be please to everyone, the Scottish people still deserve to be congratulated as the turn out rate reaches an amazing 85% which is a double increase compared to last Scottish Parliament election.



Different from the devolution referendums for Scottish Assembly on 1979 and 1997 each, in which CoS took sides with "Yes" camp, CoS does not support either camp during this 2014 independence referendum because both camps have convincing reasons to persuade the other, said Blount.



Within this independence referendum, CoS only urges people to follow common moral standard and play her role as an healer in reconciliation. In the meantime CoS also prepares to open 10 seminary workshop, in cooperation with cross-denominational churches and social groups, to carry on the momentum caring for the Scottish society, remarked Blount.



Speaking for Taiwan Observation Group of Scottish Independence Referendum, Rev. Lo Ren-quei appreciates CoS's generous arrangement on this event enabling observation members be able to check into the details of the referendum process. Lo hopes Taiwan can hold such independence referendum soon and invite CoS to observe. Hearing this, Rev. Chalmers promptly responds: "Hope your vote result will be better than us!".



Seeing the democratic and fair process of the Scottish Independence Referendum, Professor Tsai Ding-quei, an Taiwan Observation Group member and also the chief leader of Taiwan Plebicite Union, chides in rebuke about China's propaganda that Taiwan's future should be decided by a common decision by the whole bunch of the Chinese in volumes and the Taiwanese as a small potato.



In a CoS reconciliation service held on September 21st after the referendum vote, Douglas Alexander, the Shadow Foreign Secretary of Labour Party, was invited to read verses of Old Testament; John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Fiance in the Scottish Government, reading verses of New Testament. This is to symbolize a unit in faith.



Rev. John Chalmers, CoS Moderator, urges the Scotland people in his sermon to give away their differences and re-search the meaning of their pursuit for a state within the United Kingdom. Chalmers praises and pay his tributes to the Scottish people, as the whole world is watching so attentively how the Scotland decides her future in dignity and responsibility. And now it is the time to seek cooperation and unity. For the Scottish people, independence reference vote is both an identity exploration and spiritual journey. And such national pilgrimage into future requires God's grace and hospitality to respect our mutual difference. So, there is no loser in this independence referendum vote. People win!



Translated by Peter Wolfe


Taiwan Observation Group members of the Scottish Independence Referendum are photographed with Rev. John Chalmers, Moderator of Church of Scotland, before St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh on September 21st 2014.


Photo by Png Lâm-têng


Outside the voting booth, the placard of No camp and Yes camp for the Scottish Independence Referendum could be placed side by side.


Photo by Png Lâm-têng


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Taiwan Church News

3264 Edition

September 15 - September 21, 2014

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Preparations For PCT 150th Anniversary Are Geared Up


Reported by Hwang Yi-lek


As time is getting close to PCT 150th anniversary, due in 2015, PCT Preparatory Committee for 150th anniversary begins to raise many concrete activities. On September 11, the third preparatory meeting is held at East Gate Barclay Memorial Church. Within this meeting many commemoration proposals are confirmed and decided unanimously, attracting the public to learn more about these related programs.



The first commemoration program, a missionary meeting named as "Preaching Gospel in Love", will be hold at Presbyterian Bible College from November 10th to 12th in 2014. It is estimated that 250 PCT leaders will be invited, including all General Assembly's committee secretaries and representatives from each presbytery and affiliated institutions. This missionary meeting, the first one of three such meetings in total, will discuss a 5 years strategic missionary plan in the coming future. And the conclusion within these meetings, be it special report, discussions and suggestions,   will be published and executed by PCT General Assembly.



The commemorative wooden cross is committed to Taiwan's national laurate artist Mr. Chang Jin, who is also an elder of Dou-nan Presbyterian Church in Jia-yi presbytery. This wooden cross, which will be made from Taiwan Yellow Cedar (or Taiwan Red Cypress), reaches it base width about 180 cm. And it will be staged in the commemoration service, shown along PCT's mountain climbing activity up to Taiwan highest mountain-Yushan and demonstrated in the missionary assignment service. After the wooden cross is finished, the remaining timbre materials will be made further into small cross within a box laser-cut PCT 150th anniversary on surface, which will be displayed for auction.



The program pamphlet of PCT 150th anniversary, with catchwords as "Fly Over 150 To See A New Taiwan", is also in edition. Except an introduction to a whole year's activities within 200 pages, this pamphlet is designed with many current fashion ideas,  for example visitors can collect game point deposits at every activity or program site to exchange some designated presents prepared by PCT. In the meantime, in convenience for some smartphone or tablet users, some APP programs for this PCT 150th anniversary are programming now and will be released later.



On November 6th 2014, in order to celebrate and share such jubilance, PCT prepares to raise a press conference and officially declare 150th anniversary to Taiwan society. The Taiwan public will be urged and invited to take part into pluralistic PCT commemoration activities and mission histories within each districts and peoples, in order to understand PCT's spirit of faith incarnated within Taiwan society and look forward to a New Taiwan led by God.


Translated by Peter Wolfe


PCT's Preparatory Committee for 150th anniversary held her 3rd meeting at East Gate Barclay Memorial Church on September 11, 2014. Within this meeting many commemoration programs are confirmed and decided unanimously.

Photo by Hwang Yi-lek

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3263 Edition

September 8 - September 14,  2014

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PCT One-Leads-One Evangelical Movement Focuses On Youth Evangelicalism



Reported by Simon Lin



From September 1st to 3rd, leaders of every PCT presbytery are invited by evangelical center of "One-Lead-One and New Dubling Movement" to hold an annual evangelical meeting at Hsin-chu. Focusing on the bottle-neck difficulties on youth evangelicalism, PCT general assembly tries to work together with presbyteries and local congregations to find a way out and establish the evangelical ministry agenda for the visions of next year's White Paper report.



Rather than recruiting only representatives from each presbytery as in the past, Rev. Tsai Nan-hsin -chief executive of PCT evangelical center - emphasized that much more young men, co-workers at college student centers, women and elderly people are also invited to attend this annual evangelical meeting. This is to make our one-leads-one evangelical movement becomes more plural and dynamic.


After discussing with the pastors from the presbyteries of aboriginal Paiwan, rural Cha-yi and urban Taipei, Dai Yi-ren, a youth representative from Taichung college student center, concluded that the main cause of PCT's youth decrease are due to (1) PCT is short of characteristics of young people, and (2) local congregations do not catch the real spirit of PCT, let alone to pass it on to the youth. In addition, Dai suggests there should be a communication platform between local congregations and the church youth; otherwise, it is very liable that the youth's critical faith and praxis learned from their PCT campus co-workers or evangelists could be easily excluded by their own local congregations.



Evangelist Tsai Hen-wei, campus evangelical co-worker at Taichung college student center, points out that the youth need to speak out loud their demand in the church. In the mean time, the youth should also be arranged to take part in the session to learn and understand how the church works. Accordingly, some sovereignty of ministry decision should be shared to the youth.



Many issues are also discussed by different groups in this annual meeting, including how should college student center cooperate with PCT general assembly and presbytery? What are their respective responsibilities in this one-leads-one evangelical movement?  Could there be any framework to integrate the existent church resources? Is there any meaning or function for the alma mater fellowship after the youth student is graduated? How to care and concern for the pastor kids on campus? How the women fellowship proceed pastoral concern for the young single woman? and etc.


Translated by Peter Wolfe


To make one-leads-one evangelical movement becomes more plural and dynamic, evangelist co-worker at PCT college student centers, students, women and elderly members are invited to attend this annual meeting of One-Leads-One Evangelical Movement at Hsin-chu .

Photo by Simon Lin

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Taiwan Church News

3262 Edition

September 1 - September 7, 2014

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Faith And Witness Of Christian Missionaries And Urban Aboriginal Exhibited At The Migration Stories in Taiwan



Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan



From August 27 to March 29 next year, focusing on Christian missionaries, Dachen Archipelago evacuated people, urban aboriginal and new immigrant women from China and south-eastern Asia, an exhibition - The Migration Stories in Taiwan - is held in National Museum of Taiwan History. As PCT has deep connections with missionaries and aboriginal people, PCT General Assembly together with Ku-wah Church of Paiwan Presbytery anf Yong-fu Church of Tainan Presbytery are jointly invited to co-host this event.



August 27, at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, the elders and the juvenile youth of Ku-wah Church sing the traditional Paiwan harvest song to express their thanksgiving to God. And the children of Sunday school also sing in old lyrics to praise God.



This special exhibition, taking modern Taiwan immigrants as the main thread, is intended to lead the audience to reach more mutual understanding, respect and tolerance when diverse immigration modes or multi-faced displacement are encountered in lives. Within this event, not only the difficult experiences and challenging immigration stories of persons or tribes are preciously demonstrated, but also the diverse social textures within Taiwan history are revealed.



Rev. Duan Sai-yin, pastor of Ku-wah Church at Yong-kang district, expresses her appreciation to the exhibition organizer that her urban aboriginal people who are so hard-working in good faith could finally be written down and recorded into Taiwan history with names and dignities. Reflecting the migration hardship and difficulties, that her church brother and sisters faced when they first came down to urban city from mountain and rural villages, Rev. Duan cannot help but sob in tears. "Have a faith in God, then the job becomes stable; with a stable job, the family becomes good", she sums up the gist of the migration story of the urban aboriginal.



In the meantime, Christian missionaries dedicating to Taiwan with their passionate love and precious lives are also remembered in this exhibition, like Rev. William Campbell (1841 - 1921) who initiated and pioneered the education to the blind in Taiwan. Mr. Wang Shu-lok, Evangelist of Yong-fu Presbyterian Church, is scheduled to deliver a lecture, titled as "The education for the blind by Rev. William Campbell and Mr. Liao Wan", at 2:30 pm on October 19.



The exhibition organizer, Ms Wu Jia-nie, remarks that the reason why she chose the Christian missionaries into this migration story event is due to the amazing story of Missionary Marjorie Ingleleiv Bly(1919 - 2008) who sacrificed her whole life, over 40 years, to serve those leprosy patients in the remote Peng-fu islands came to her occasionally and touched her vibrantly. "Because she commits to Taiwan wholeheartedly, Taiwan certainly is her home and would embrace her as dear families", said Wu.


Translated by Peter Wolfe


The elders and the juvenile, representing Paiwan presbytery's Ku-wah Church at Tainan's Yong-kang district, singing the traditional Paiwan harvest song to express their thanksgiving to God on the opening ceremony for the exhibition of The Migration Stories In Taiwan which is kicked off from August 27th 2014 until March 29th 2015.


Photo supplied by Jiang Yi-nan


Urban aboriginal women attentively looked into their own migration stories in the exhibition hall.


Photo supplied by Jiang Yi-nan

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3261 Edition

August 25 - August 31, 2014

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Kathleen E. M. Moody, A Pioneering Musician For Taiwan Church Musics, Is Commemorated By PCT

Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan

Kathleen(Kate) E. M. Moody(1920 - 2014), a British missionary woman, devoting her most energetic 37 years in the education of church musics for Taiwan church, died on August 4 in UK. Though her requiem mass was held at St. Richard's Roman Catholic Church on August 18 at Chichester UK, PCT held a musical memorial service for her on August 23 at the Chapel of Tainan Theological College and Seminary(TTCS).

During her 37 years service in Taiwan, she not only established the church music department within TTCS but also trained many chorus for East Gate Barclay Memorial Church, Chang Jung Girl High School and Chang Jung High School. Her austerity and self-discipline in the teaching is mostly remembered by her students. Many students of her are kept serving for Taiwan's church musics up to date, including the famous Rev. Dr. I-to Lo, who was illuminated by her to delve into church musics ministry.

Rev. Lo Ren-quei, PCT General Assembly Moderator, reflects Kate's humor when he was a seminary student within TTCS: once I was singing, and Kate joked with me that her ear was hurt every time when my sound reached her.  Rev. Yen Hsin-shin, an important member of boarding editors of PCT Hymnal - "Seng-si", praised Kate as a "born musician" possessing strong passion toward life and missionary vision on education. Rev. Hu Chong-min, Chairman of TTCS Board Directors, appreciates Kate's personal encouragement to strengthen his decision to attend college chorus every year and build up his music skill during his study at UK.

According to the reflection of Rev. Raymond Adams: Though Kathleen Moody studied sociology in the college, her inherited talents from the music-loving family and campus gave her a solid training to minister for church music. "During World War II, as Shoki Coe(1st TTCS president afterwards) lived in the house of Dr. David Landsborough IV who was acquainted with Kathleen Moody, she began to learn more stories about Taiwan and felt called to serve there. Later, she was ordained as a missionary by Presbyterian Church f England(now United  Reformed Church) and went to study theology in Birmingham".

Kate left for Taiwan by boat in 1948, when she was 28 years old, and retired in 1985. She sacrificed her most energetic and prolific life to God and Taiwan Church. After her return back to Chichester UK, she kept attending church and social activity, devoting herself into her most loved arts & musics, and got accepted into Roman Catholic St Richard's parish. Many friends took care of her, due to her Parkinson illness, until her pass away.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

To commemorate Honorary Professor Kathleen E. M. Moody, a musical memorial service is held by PCT on August 23 at the Chapel of Tainan Theological College and Seminary(TTCS).

Photo by Chen Yi-hsuan


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