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Taiwan Church News

3393 Edition

6 - 12 March, 2017

Church Ministry

 

Be Imitators Of Rev George Leslie MacKay As He Is Of Christ

 

Reported by Lin Yi-yin

 

To commemorate the first Christian church, established at Tamsui of northern Taiwan by Rev George Leslie MacKay, Rev Hugh Ritchie and Dr Matthew Dickson on 10 April 1872, Tamsui Presbyterian Church of Taipei Presbytery plans to hold a thanks-giving service for the 145 anniversary of the church's mission on April 9.

In the meantime, People Rule Educational Foundation, a former pro-plebiscite group against the 4th nuclear power plant of Taiwan Electricity Company, launched its 100th itinerary parade, entitled "March forward to be a master!", a referendum-appealed pilgrimage of 23 kilometers from Tamsui to Wang-hua on March 9. Specially noteworthy is that this pilgrimage parade, initiated by a anti-nuclear group, stressing to imitate the evangelical spirit of Rev George Leslie MacKay to preach the good news to all Taiwanese people.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Stressing to imitate the evangelical spirit of Rev George Leslie MacKay, People Rule Educational Foundation, a former pro-plebiscite group against the 4th nuclear power plant of Taiwan Electricity Company, launched its 100th itinerary parade, entitled "March forward to be a master!", a referendum-appealed pilgrimage of 23 kilometers from Tamsui to Wang-hua on 9 March 2017.

This 100th parade started from the place where Rev George Leslie MacKay first arrived on Taiwan (i.e. Tamsui) and his knelt down and prayed statue was set up.

Photo by People Rule Educational Foundation

 
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Taiwan Church News

3393 Edition

6 - 12 March, 2017

Church Ministry

 

Taiwanese Churches and Communities Commemorate 228 Massacre Event Across Northern American Cities

 

Reported by Chen Yi-fan

 

In the afternoon on 25 February, a Memorial Service for the 70th Anniversary of Taiwan 228 Massacre was held by Association of Taiwanese Organization in Toronto(ATOT) at Taiwanese United Church in Toronto, Canada.

Mr Edward Chung, president of ATOT, expressed that one of three daughters (Anna, Isabel, and Margaret) of Rev George William MacKay, whose father Rev George Leslie MacKay is the famous Canadian missionary in 19th century's Taiwan, bravely wrote an overseas letter describing the heinous 228 massacre occurred to Taiwan in 1947. Rev George William MacKay had also personally witnessed the brutal killings of the 228 massacre in this great havoc of Taiwan.

In a sober and commemorative mood, wishing the families of the 228 massacre victims can be comforted and Taiwan to march forward to a brigh future, many Taiwanese emigrants and Christians in Toronto area attended this memorial service of the 70th anniversary of 228 Massacre.

In the meantime, many Taiwanese groups across US and Canada cities, including Washington DC, New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Los Angles, Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, and Vancouver, also held memorial services or musical concerts for the 70th anniversary of 228 massacre event.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

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New York Taiwan Center held a musical concert to commemorate the 228 massacre event in Taiwan and one of the 228 victims, Mr Wang Ming-kai, on 26 February 2017.

Photos from New York Taiwan Center's website album

 
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Taiwan Church News

3393 Edition

6 - 12 March, 2017

Church Ministry

 

A Delayed Justice Finally Came For The Families Of Foreign Victims In 228 Massacre

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

Few people know that, since KMT troops arrived Keelung harbor on 8 March 1947 and started the rampant shootings toward the innocent citizens at harbor side, there were also Koreans got executed in this massacre. Mr Park Sun Chong, a Korean sailor lived at Keelung harbor city and went to market to buy fish for celebrating his second son's one-year-old birthday next day, was randomly kidnapped by KMT soldiers on 11 March 1947 and hence not knowing his where about.

After Mr Park's missing, his wife, three sons and one daughter survived this heinous massacre. Mr Park's eldest son, Park Shin-Tai, and one of his grand daughter, Ms Jo Yong hee, were both ordained pastors graduated from Tainan Theological Seminary and College.

Several years ago, due to his distinguished expertise in modern Taiwan history, Mr Amae Yoshihisa, an associate professor of the Graduate of Taiwan Studies at Chang Jung Christian University, was commissioned by Park Sun Chong's families to find out the truth of Park's missing and apply for the compensation from the 228 Foundation of Taiwan government.

Now, justice finally came after a long run, though delayed. In January 2017, the case of Park Sun Chong is decisively recognized by the 228 Foundation as an authentic case of 228 massacre victims. Mr Park Sun Chong thus became the second foreigner compensated for 228 massacre since 2015.

The first 228 foreign victims' case, filed to Taipei High Administrative Court and finally got compensated for 228 massacre two years ago, is raised by Mr Aoyama Keisho for his father Aoyama Esaki from Okinawa, Japan. This historical verdict paved the way for the approval of Mr Park Sun Chong's case, which was once rejected in a 1995 application but finally succeeded via professor Amae Yoshihisa's detailed report with evidences.

Stressing justice is blind to nationality, professor Amae Yoshihisa affirmed Taiwan government's courage and determination to apologize for the historical mistake of the 228 massacre. Professor Yoshihisa also paraphrased the words from Ms Park Yong Sim, the only daughter of Park Sun Chong, that she felt comforted to see this compensation case settled smoothly and hoped to see his father's name could be inscribed on the 228 monument in the future!

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

A family photograph of Mr Park Sun Chong(standing), with his wife, three boys and one girl.

Photo by Rev Park Shin Tai

 

Ms Park Yong Sim(holding white rose), Mr Park Sun Chong's only daughter, and Professor Amae Yoshihisa(center in glasses) attended a 228 memorial service.

Photo by Suzuki Leko

 
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Taiwan Church News

3393 Edition

3 - 12 March, 2017

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Taiwan's First 228 Monument Engraved With God's Words And Buried Deep With The Bible Due To Re-locate

 

Reported by Chen Yi-fan

 

Taiwan's first 228 monument, a historical crack of dawn on KMT's political taboos and authoritarian rulings of Taiwan, erecting up at Mi-twor road in Chiayi City and overlooking the running Pa-chian brook, had brought forth indescribable peace and unprecedented comforts to the victims and families of the 228 massacre since its establishment at 1989.

Now, due to a road-broadening engineering of Mi-twor road and the fractures found at some pigeons emblems around this 228 monument, the Chiayi City Government decided to relocate this Taiwan's first 28 monument, which was the first monument engraved with Bible verses and buried deep with the Bible at its foundation base, to the 228 Memorial Park in the eastern district of Chiayi City.

"He shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away / they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spares into pruning hooks; / nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more; / but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid" (Micah 4:3 -4), and "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God"(Matthew 5:9) are two inspiring verses placed at the foundation of 228 monument in Chiayi City. These two verses also witnessed PCT's strong commitment and incessant effort to play a peacemaker within Taiwan society.

Rev Hwang Chih-hong, pastor of Ming-hsiung Presbyterian Church, told the story how the idea of burying a Bible at the 228 monument's foundation came to him, when he was a 36-years-old general affairs manager appointed to build that monument then in 1989. In his morning prayer on the day of opening service on this 228 monument, retrieved Rev Hwang, a voice in his mother tongue was clearly heard at his right ear: "Use the Bible as the foundation!", adding that these words no doubt meant to him: justice and peace should be built upon the words of God!

Thus, this spiritual experience at building the historically first 228 monument in Taiwan kept reminding Rev Hwang that the so-called "charismatic" faith should not limited to personal well-beings like wealth, health, and etc. "Who say that the church would not experience any the pneumatic or charismatic faith when social justice movement is engaged?", Rev Hwang challenged.

Rev Hwang thought the building of this historical 228 monument at Chiayi City as a meaningful and critical overcome of three curses haunting long in the soul of the Taiwanese: cowardice before the death, greed after the money, and boast of the face!

In the meantime, as this 228 monument at Chiayi City is the only one engraved with God's Words at its foundation and buried deep with the Bible across Taiwan island, this is exactly what "Proclaim the Kingdom of God" meant for the church ministry, Rev Hwang remarked, as so many powers of the people were connected one by one like precious pearl through the thread of the church's reconciliation and peace-making.

This 228 monument at Chiayi City is aesthetically designed by Mr Jan San-yuan, technically drawn by Mr Chang Ray-hsiung, and concretely built up by Mr Chang Ker-ping. In the opening service of building this 228 monument in 1989, as Taiwan's social milieu was still very skeptic and even hostile to establish such 228 monument, less than 10 people attended this historical ceremony, including Rev Young Chi-so(then PCT General Assembly Moderator), Mr Chen Sien-ming, Mr Chang Hsien-juei, Mr Lin Pei-song, Mr Kang Wen-siang, Mr Dai Kuang-chan, Mr Hwang Seh-wei, and Rev Hwang Chih-hong.

Noteworthy was Rev Lu Jun-yi, then editor-in-chief of Taiwan Church News, did a great support to report this story of opening ceremony of erecting the first ever 228 monument at Chiayi City and hence wake up Taiwan society from slumber to care for 228 event through this weekly church newspaper.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

As this 228 monument at Chiayi City is the only one engraved with God's Words at its foundation and buried deep with the Bible across Taiwan island, this is exactly what "Proclaim the Kingdom of God" meant for the church ministry, Rev Hwang Chih-hong remarked.

Photo by Chen Yi-fan

 
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Taiwan Church News

3392 Edition

February 27 - March 5, 2017

Church Ministry

 

The New Book: Joseph and His Brothers - The Formation of Anti-Communism Apologetics, KMT Christians, and The Christian Fundamentalism In Taiwan" Unveils The Untold Stories Of Taiwan Churches Under The Cold War

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

The new book Joseph and His Brothers - The Formation of Anti-Communism Apologetics, KMT Christians, and The Christian Fundamentalism in Taiwan is written by the philosophy professor Chin Ken Pa of Fu Jen Catholic University and published by Taiwan Church Press.

As it reveals many first-hand evidences and untold stories about Taiwan church history under the Cold War, its first print are quickly sold out at 2017 Taipei International Book Exhibition. Now the second printing is under way and will soon be released.

In a seminar, held on February 19 and organized by both PCT Research and Development Center and Chi-nan Presbyterian Church, Professor Chin was invited to deliver a speech entitled as "The First Blood-Dipped Robe in Taiwan Church History" to hundreds of Christians and readers crammed in the Chi-nan Presbyterian Church.

At the beginning of this seminar, professor Chin seriously proposed that, according to his studies, the car crashing and untimely death of Rev William Shia, serving as PCT's General Assembly Moderator then in 1970, was probably not an accident as people used to think, but very likely a "blood-dipped robe" in Taiwan Church history.

Professor Chin said the real conflict between Taiwan churches and KMT government initiated from 1965, when PCT planed to celebrate her 100th anniversary of mission. Since then, KMT authorities started to accuse PCT as an affiliate organization to the pro-communism World Church Council(WCC) and try all kinds of maneuvers to force PCT retreating from WCC: department of foreign ministry and secret service agency were even recruited to set up special task forces to monitor and control PCT's overseas' contact.

Due to an anti-communism political ideology under the Cold War, KMT's dictator Chiang Kai-sheik effortlessly forced Taiwan church to play a crusade of anti-communism, and easily summoned International Council of Christian Churches(ICCC) to help preach the anti-communism theology and consolidate Chiang's power through semi-religious myths and slogans. These historical contexts of anti-communism apologetics were the seasoned soils of KMT Christians and the Christian fundamentalism to fashion so fast and audaciously in Taiwan, Professor Chin said.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Joseph and His Brothers - The Formation of Anti-Communism Apologetics, KMT Christians, and The Christian Fundamentalism in Taiwan", whose author is Professor Chin Ken Pa(center, holding a microphone) of Fu Jen Catholic University, unveils the untold stories of Taiwan Churches under the Cold War.

Photo by Kang Hong-chi

 
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3392 Edition

February 27 - March 5, 2017

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A National Parade Asking Government To Speed Up At Closing Nuclear Power Plants Is To Launch Across Taiwan On March 11

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

Though Tsai Ing-wen administration promised to abolish all nuclear power plants before 2025, Taiwan's central government's ability to solve the problems, like when will the old nuclear power plants be halted, how to handle those nuclear wastes, how the glaring delay of renewable energy can catch up, and etc, are quite lack of people's trust and confidence, according to a national anti-nuclear platform: Stop Nukes Now.

In order to ask the government to speed up their anti-nukes policy and deliver a substantial agenda, a national parade, organized by Stop Nukes Now and entitled as "No Nuke, Low Carbon, And Sustainable Energy", is going to be held on March 11 across Taiwan urging the Taiwanese people to take to the streets and give pressure to Tsai Ing-wen administration to fulfill her campaign promise and show the political will to meet the people's demand.

Mr Wu Wen-jang, leader of Yanliao Anti Nukes Self Saving Union, expressed his grave worry that Taiwan Power Company's fourth nuclear power plant had already ceased its previous enclosure status and entered into its scheduled budget of maintenance. And the status quo of the fourth nuclear power plant is no different from an actual nuclear operation, Wu said, adding that the government should speed up her evaluation and planning of halting this nuclear power plant as soon as possible.

Mr Kuo Ching-ling, chief executive of Northern Coastal Anti-Nukes Action Front, pointed out that Taiwan's anti-nuclear movement had achieved some preliminary success, though, the tough issues are to execute the halt of the first and the second nuclear power plant and safely deal with their nuclear wastes. And the government should waste no time to submit their solutions for the public to check, Mr Kuo remarked.

Regarding the renewable energy, Ms Yang Shun-mei, general secretary of Mom Loves Taiwan, was very skeptical about  how Taiwan can reach a target of 25% in 2025, based on the latest statistics of utilizing renewable energy in Taiwan is only 4%. "To reach the goal of 25% renewable energy within 8 years, i.e. from 2017 - 2025, it makes everyone quite wary how can it be done if there is no publicized agenda and practical plans?", Ms Yang asked.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

A national parade, upholding No Nuke, Low Carbon, and Sustainable Energy and asking the government to speed up her campaign promise of closing nuclear power plants will be held across Taiwan on 11 March 2017.

Photo by Chiu Kuo-rong

 


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