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Taiwan Church News

3342 Edition

March 14 - 20, 2016

Editorial

 

The Last Mile Of TTCS To Be An Accredited University In Taiwan

 

A final meeting on the future development of Tainan Theological College and Seminary(TTSC), deciding whether she is qualified to be an university accredited by Taiwan's Ministry of Education, will be held recently. If everything is going well, it is expected that TTCS will receive a pass to recruit students from January 2017. The development of TTCS is orientated toward a combinations of different graduate schools. Undergraduate college will mainly focus on religious social works and church musics. In order to prepare the future ecclesiastical clergy, graduate studies will be divided into three divisions: theology, church musics and religious social work respectively, each accrediting the degree of Master of Arts(MA).

If the student wishes to serve as a minister of PCT, after she succeeds to receive an MA degree from TTCS, she could apply to TTCS for the course of Master of Divinity(M. Div). Such special design is compliant to PCT's educational policy to extend her pastoral training for church service amn and woman into 4 years long. In the meantime, TTCS will also invite PCT's partner churches to join into the program of local church ministry, in order to equip the MA students with real pastoral experiences in local church.

In addition, to set up an image of TTCS as the first heart of Taiwan church, TTCS also positively engages in repairing the school's old buildings and dressing up the campus. In TTCS, there are not only many classical buildings over a century but also many centennial trees, which are absolutely deserved to pay a visit. The Shoki Coe House will be renamed as the Hugh Ritchie and Eliza C. Cook House to receive the visiting guests. The northern part of the campus is to be redesigned as a pedestrian gallery like a green pasture yard at UK's Cambridge University. All these hardware modifications are under way to fulfill the education ideal of Rev. Shoki Coe: establish TTCS as a an outstanding and elegant learning place to cultivate the first-rate pastor and clergy for Taiwan church.

As the Shoki Coe Memorial Library and PCT's Historical Archives House are soon to start their construction inside TTCS campus, a new site to relocate those trees of Honduras mahogany is promised by TTCS's administration. Therefore, TTCS not only needs a new site and believers' donation to relocate those Honduras mahogany, but also a gigantic cooperation project from Taiwan's all walks of lives to maximize the efficiency of Taiwan church's historical data. TTCS will also rebuild the old library as the William Campbell House, exhibiting the church antiques and relics at the first foor; Elder John Lai's Archives and his collections at the second floor; TTCS school history and the past data of TTCS faculty and clerk will be exhibited at third floor.

After passing the accreditation of Taiwan's Ministry of Education, TTCS's "contextualizing" theological education not only needs to dialogue with our living contexts but also requires to integrate with other fields of knowledge like philosophy, religious studies, sociology, church musics, psychology and etc. Philosophy can make our theology more logical, our deliberations about life more thoughtful; religious studies can expand our theological perspective to learn the meaning of the religious histories residing in a pursuit of "ultimate concern", not any particular idol worship; sociological investigation saves us from a secular vulgarization steeped in a stereo-typed religious life of success and blessing only; church musics will facilitate our liturgies become a peaceful garden in this restless world; psychology will supply theology with more empathy to warm up the human's heart. Only under these endeavors to build up a theological education in Taiwan's context, TTCS's accreditation by Taiwan Ministry of Education could be justified. With more concerns, care and donations for TTCS's theological education, let us take up the challenges together!

 
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Taiwan Church News

3342 Edition

March 14 - 20, 2016

Church Ministry

 

Aboriginal Siraya's Name Rectification Movement Accumulates Momentum

 

Reported by Lin Yi-ying

 

In order to speed up Siraya's name rectification movement, representatives of the Alliance of Siraya Churches(ASC), including ASC's president, Rev. Lee Hsin-ku(pastor of Yong-hsing church, Kaohsiung); secretary, Mr Hsiao Chi-chuang(the elder of Ko-bei church); accountant, Mr Liu Pu-chao(member of Cho-chen church) and Ms Uma Talavan(executive director of Siraya Cultural Association), held a meeting with Rev. 'Eleng Tialjimaraw(PCT's Associate General Secretary) and Rev. Omi Wilang(PCT's Secretary of Indigenous Ministry Committee) at Presbyterian Biblical College on March 8.

Two agreements were reached in this meeting. First, during the first meeting of the 61th PCT Annual General Assembly on April 19, a representative of the Siraya aboriginal would report to the PCT General Assembly about the current status of Siraya's name rectification movement.

Second, a series of celebrations would be planed to commemorate the 380th anniversary of Christian mission in Taiwan dated back to 1636, when the first church and the first western style's school was established by the Dutch East India Company at Siraya's Sinckang village.

According to the historical records, Rev. Georgius Candidius, who was a German missionary sent by the Dutch East India Company to Taiwan in 1627, is the first western missionary to preach the gospel to the Siraya tribe on Taiwan island. And such wonderful evangelical footsteps of Rev. Candidius 380 years ago is under preparation to be presented to Taiwan society and all churches!

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

In order to speed up Siraya's name rectification movement, representatives of the Alliance of Siraya Churches(ASC) held a meeting with Rev. 'Eleng Tialjimaraw(PCT's Associate General Secretary, third from left) and Rev. Omi Wilang(PCT's Secretary of Indigenous Ministry Committee, first from right) at Presbyterian Biblical College on March 8.

ASC's president, Rev. Lee Hsin-ku(4th from left); secretary, Mr Hsiao Chi-chuang(second from right); accountant, Mr Liu Pu-chao(first from left) and Ms Uma Talavan(second from left)

Photo by Lin Yi-ying

 
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3342 Edition

March 14 - 20, 2016

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Tân Tì-hiông, First Martyr For Taiwan Independence, Is Honored At His Centenary Remembrance

 

In the afternoon on March 12, a meeting commemorative of the centenary birthday of Mr Tân Tì-hiông, the first martyr for Taiwan independence, was held at National Taiwan University Alumnus Complex. This is an assembly jointly organized by 10 pro-independence groups.

Prof Ted Lau, speaker of the Taiwanese National Congress, gave a brief introduction to the life of Mr Tân Tì-hiông, who was born in 1916 at Pingtung and became a Japanese diplomat stationed in Indonesia during WWII. After the war is over in 1945, Tân Tì-hiông help his Indonesian friends to fight for the independence from the colonial Dutch government. As a member of the founding fathers of Indonesia, Tân was even awarded a medal of honorary citizen by President Sukarno.

At the eruption of 228 massacre, Tân also gave his strongest support for this Taiwanese national revolution with his Indonesian comrades. But, due to the pro-China stance of the Indonesian authority, Tân was sent back to Japan. Since then, Tân turned his life and energy toward the independence movement of the Republic of Taiwan. In 1955, Tân was assigned as a South-Eastern Asia ambassador at large for the Republic of Taiwan and attended the First Asian-African Conference at Bandung.

Though Tân diplomatic expertise was greatly acknowledged, he was never a friend of KMT regime. Under the pressure of KMT, Tân was extradited back to Taiwan from Japan. (Another saying is that Tân was kidnapped by KMT back to Taiwan.) After a short period of release from prison, due to a continuous engagement in Taiwan independence movement, Tân was executed by KMT on 28th May, 1963.

Dr Chen Yong-hsin, former president of Lo-tung Catholic Hospital, urged Ping-tung County set up a commemorative museum for Mr Tân Tì-hiông. Carrying on the independent spirit of Tân Tì-hiông, Dr Chen also expected the foreign trade policy of Tsai Ing-wen's administration should aim at south-east Asia countries.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 


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