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3203 Edition
July 15-21, 2013
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PCT Warns: Watch Out United Front From China! Beware Of Taiwan Civil Government!

Reported by Chiou Kuo-rong
On the 2nd meeting of the 58th PCT Central Committee held on July 9th, two pastoral letters were resolved to all PCT member churches: One is "PCT Pastoral Letter to the Cross Strait Christian Forum", the other one is "PCT's Response to the Proposals of Taiwan Civil Government".
As the "Cross Strait Christian Forum in 2013" will be held in Taipei, from August 27 to 29, co-sponsored by Rev. Wei Ti-shiang, Chairman of Dandelion Hope Foundation, several Taiwan pastors from other denominations and China's CCC with her affiliate TSPM. Some PCT pastors in Kaoshiung area had been invited to participate this meeting, PCT Kaoshiung Presbytery therefore requested Central Committee to instruct or respond whether PCT should participate.

Rev. Lyim Hong-tiong, General Secretary of PCT GAO, responded "It is not appropriate for PCT pastors to contact CCC and TSPM in this Taipei forum; if there is necessity to have a meeting, it should be better at an international occasion within the framework of World Church Council or witnessed by a third country church body." Lyim explained, since 1991, PCT has started to engage with CCC and TSPM and know very well that these two self-claimed church bodies were actually one institution. They are led by United Front Department under China's Central Political Bureau. Claiming themselves as a "patriotic religious body", CCC and TSPM are not ashamed to proclaim they are "under the leadership of Communist Party, with an fervent passion toward the socialism fatherland".

Rev. Hsu Jung-fong, Moderator of 58th General Assembly, expressed that PCT would hold a public hearing with law makers before this Taipei forum in August. PCT would report to the society, thru the media, what PCT stands for regarding this forum.
Within the pastoral letter to all PCT church members, Rev. Hsu reminded: "the existence of family church should not be overlooked" and Taiwan church should "remember those Chinese Christians, who were fearlessly and staunchly insisting their faith under the persecution from Chinese Communist Regime".

On the issue concerning the proposals of Taiwan Civil Government(abbreviated as TCG), compounded by the fact that many PCT pastors has joined in TCG to express their concerns about Taiwan future, Central Committee concluded: It is not realistic to solve Taiwan's international status through an intervention by American Military Government, as proposed by TCG. The proper way should be done through a plebiscite referendum which is based on the internationally recognized principle of self-determination by all inhabitants.

Rev. Lyim stressed PCT's stand toward Taiwan future is very clear: It should be decided by Taiwan people, not by a non-existent American Military Government. Besides, the election activities of ROC are still de facto valid; if TCG's proposal to deny everything democratically elected under ROC regime is followed, Taiwan sovereignty would be fallen into the trap set up by pro-China forces in Taiwan. Though PCT does not support TCG, her rights of free expression is highly respected. In addition, PCT would arrange itinerary explanation session around Taiwan on this issue. "To engage a theological dialogue on this issue is not excluded!", said Rev. Hsu Jung-fong.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 
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Trek up the Highest Cinema House, At-Risk Students Got their Self-Esteem

 

Reported by Chiou Kuo-rong

 

13 at-risk teenage youth, who need the high intensive companion of social workers, successfully climbed up the main Nan-hu mountain which is 3,472 meter high from sea level. Loaded with cinema projecting equipment and batteries over 100 kgs, these teenagers may have broken the Guinness world record on the highest cinema house.

 

In the meantime, they also brought back over 10 bags of high mountain garbage to express their environmental care. This achievement made teenage youth A-shiong said:"After the mission impossible to trek up Nan-hu mountain, I know myself more. When I get back to the city, I would have more courage and strength to face much more difficulties and challenges".

 

This project of high mountain cinema house is co-sponsored by Urban People Foundation and Dandelion Cinema Company, with a purpose to reclaim the self-esteem of these at-risk teenage youth. "Let the world see the creative power of Taiwan children, by breaking the Guinness world record of the highest cinema house", said Wang Ker-wei who is CEO of Urban People Foundation.

 

"We encourage the at-risk youth, who had accomplished the high mountain trekking last year, come back to accompany other at-risk youth and work together to achieve this mission impossible: break the Guinness world record", Wang stressed, "when these at-risk teenagers would stretch out their hands to help each other, it made this project more valuable than initially planned".

 

The movie played on the highest mountain is called "Trekking The Way Home". And it may be also the highest movie premiere ever held. The movie tells about a story of some underclass youth, led by Urban People Foundation, starting their mountain trekking and changed their lives in the summer of 2012. Wang wanted to let these children to understand: once people can stand up on the apex of life, the world could be totally different!

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Photo provided by Urban People Foundation

 
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Famous NT Scholar to Visit Taiwan and Boost the Mission of One Leads One

 

Reported by Chiou Kuo-rong

 

Famous German New Testament Scholar, Dr. Gerd Theissen, will be invited to share his spiritual journey with Taiwan society from Sept. 28 to Oct. 9th. This invitation, resolved by the 2nd meeting of the 58th PCT Central Committee, will be one of the most important ministry to boost PCT's "One Leads One New Doubling Movement" in the next half of 2013. During his itinerary visit, Theissen will deliver six lectures to the faculty and students of three theological seminaries under PCT.

Dr. Gerd Theissen, a pastor of Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland and a NT Theology Professor at the University of Heidelberg, brought quite an applaud within Taiwan church when the Chinese translation of his book: "The Shadow of the Galilean" was released in 2011 by South and North Publishing Company.

In the preface of the Chinese translation of "The Shadow of the Galilean", Church History Professor Cheng Yang-en of Taiwan Theological Seminary recommended:"Out of question, Gerd Theissen is my favorite and most respected NT writer and preacher. This is because there are abundant ideas springing from his thoughts, combining biblical theology, historical studies and sociology in an astonishing way. Further more, his sermon always responds to the drumbeat of our time's spirit and dances amazing tango within our historical tempo".

Rev. Tsai Nan-hsin, who is secretary of Evangelism Committee under PCT GAO and also in charge of the mission of "One Leads One New Doubling Movement", remarked: " In order to train our PCT members, it is better to hold more life sharing meeting with good teacher, than wasting ife and energy to lash the heretic church like Eastern Lightning."

Translated by Peter Wolfe

Photo of Dr. Gerd Theissen

provided by S & N Publishing Co.,

 

 


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