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Taiwan Church News

3345 Edition

April 4 - 10, 2016

Church Ministry

 

A Citizen Dialogue Between Aboriginal Independence And Taiwan Independence: Better To Be True Friends Rather Than Feignd Families!

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong


A citizen dialogue, organized by Free Taiwan Party, concerning the difference and struggle between aboriginal independence and Taiwan independence is held at the HQ office of the Alliance of Referendum for Taiwan in the night on March 31.

Ms Savungaz Valincinan, an aboriginal youth representative of the Indigenous Youth Front, points out in her remarkable humor that many Taiwan independence activists are most anxious to know: To what extent should the land of Taiwan be returned back to the aboriginal?  "Thank you, it's all Taiwan!", Savungaz says in wit.

A humor, though, but it's truth in history, says Savungaz. She says the top priority issue, current aboriginal independence activists want to claim, is the public land held by the government; the second priority is certainly the private lands owned by Taiwan society.

Savungaz takes a recent example of Hua-lien County Government's confiscation of an aboriginal traditional inhabited land of 1.78 hectare to accommodate the stray dogs."This is a brute invasion into our people's land!", accuses Savungaz.

Regarding the relationship between aboriginal Independence and Taiwan independence, Savungaz admits there is something complicated between them, especially when the anxiety of Taiwan independence is taken into consideration. However, Savungaz concludes, "we had better be true friends or good neighbors rather than feigned families".

Mr Chou Wei-li, a Taiwan Independence youth activist with a PCT background, stresses "the movement of Taiwan independence has to be very careful in the process" to avoid generating any oppression to other peoples. Constant dialogue and communication are the most important methods to push Taiwan Independence forward!

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

A citizen dialogue, organized by Free Taiwan Party, concerning the difference and struggle between the aboriginal independence and Taiwan independence is held at the HQ office of the Alliance of Referendum for Taiwan(an open space tent beside the Chi-nan Presbyterian Church)in the night on 31 March, 2016.

Photo by Chiu Kuo-rong

 
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Taiwan Church News

3345 Edition

April 4 - 10, 2016

Headline News

 

The 61st PCT Annual Meeting Makes A Perfect Ending

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

From March 29 to 31, the 61st PCT annual meeting was held at Dr. Landsborough Memorial Hall of Changhua Christian Hospital. With newly elected officers, this PCT annual meeting also passed 29 resolutions including a missionary cooperative agreement with the Borneo Evangelical Mission(BEM) and Gereja Kemah Injil Indonesia (GKI). Delegates of ecumenical churches, from overseas Taiwanese, Korea, Japan, US, Indonesia, India and many others, were specially introduced by Rev. Lyim Hong-tiong in the opening service of this annual meeting.

Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of WCC, sent his congratulations and messages on behalf of WCC to this PCT annual meeting in the opening service. Read by Rev. Cheng Yang-en, a member of WCC's Central Committee, Rev. Tveit congratulated all Taiwanese people on having elected the first female President - Ms Tsai Ing-wen, who was deeply appreciated of what PCT had contributed for human rights on Taiwan. Rev. Tveit believed PCT, while carrying on her pastoral role taking care of the spiritual needs of Taiwanese people, would also deliver the prophetic voices for human rights in Taiwan society.

Newly elected Vice-President of Taiwan, Dr. Chen Chien-jen, gave his warm and greetings in peace(ping-an, shalom) to about 500 PCT representatives in the opening service. Chen pointed out the missionary journey of PCT had always been closely connected with every social progress of Taiwan, evidenced in the introduction of western medicine and care, establishment of modern schools, publication of news paper and promotion of social services. "PCT's love is not empty in words, but a participatory justice working with the oppressed and the marginalized", Chen highly affirmed what PCT had contributed for Taiwan in the past one and a half centuries.

Rev. Nagazaki Tetsuo, General Secretary of The United Church Of Christ in Japan(UCCJ), expressed his ineffable thanksgiving for PCT's hospitality coordinating the "Lamb Camping" around Taiwan from 2014. Many children, affected by the radioactive threats from Fukushima nuclear disaster after Japan's 311 event, did receive a tremendous relief, when they were arranged to have a short period camping travels around Taiwan through a big help from PCT, remarked Rev. Nagazaki.

Rev. Sudu Tada, the newly elected Moderator of the 61st PCT General Assembly, emphasized the importance of a consolidated PCT by following Christ as it would help overcome our complex differences from the multi-dimensions within the fields of culture, ethnicity, value and ideology. He encouraged each presbytery or district humbly complying with PCT's orders and stipulations, accommodating each other and moving forward kinds of ministries in order to make PCT as a sign of hope among different peoples.

Translated by Peter Wolfe


Participated by over 500 representatives, the opening service of the 61st PCT Annual Meeting was held at Dr. Landsborough Memorial Hall of Changhua Christian Hospital on March 29, 2016.

PCT, represented by Rev. Sudu Tada(Moderator, 2nd from right) and Rev. Lyim Hong-tiong(General Secretary, right most), signed a missionary cooperative agreement with representatives of the Borneo Evangelical Mission(BEM) and Gereja Kemah Injil Indonesia (GKI).

Photos by Umav, Chen Yi-hsuan and Simon Lin

 
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Taiwan Church News

3344 Edition

March 28 - April 3, 2016

Editorial

 

Editorial: Let A Micro-Reformation Come!

 

Just like Paul's missionary journey to Athens, utilizing the local concept of an unknown god to proclaim the gospel, the Christians should also possess an encyclopedia-like knowledge beneficial for their missions in the spirit of reformation. According to the media, a policy named as "No Burning Paper, No Burning Incense", proposed by Shushuei Townnship Office of Changhua County, got a popular welcome from her neighboring 23 local temples and 14 village chiefs. This year, urged by environmental protection groups to love the earth, Nan-yau Temple in Changhua County also promises no burning firecrackers and a remarkable reduction of the number of altars, incense and the related burning time during her annual pilgrimage event.

As all these religious phenomena seem not accidentally happened, a more amazing thing happened when the Bai-sha-tun Matsu proceeds her parade in Yong-ching township in Changhua County. People gave a shouting hurray to Bai-sha-tun Matsu, when this Taiwanese goddess hastily passed through the hypocritical welcoming boutiques and sacrifices prepared by the notorious adulterated oil maker - brothers of Ting-Hsin International - who were shamelessly asking for blessings and luck changing in a manner to offer boutiques to Matsu or pass under her seat. Having seen all these Taiwanese god or goddess are conscientious to stand by Taiwanese people, a religious reformation launched by the people seems secretly under way in Taiwan society.

In this year, most Taiwan churches choose to commemorate a traditional Easter Day inside their church wall through distributing Easter eggs or holding thanksgiving service. But, it is a pity that this traditional commemoration of Easter Day could not reach out to the public Taiwan society. To proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ's resurrection, it is absolutely positive that some churches take on the train to send Easter eggs or take to the street to spread the gospel pamphlet, yet except sending joy and peace by our lips, are we courageous enough to launch a micro-reformation delivering the core values of our Christian faith into the bottom heart of Taiwanese people?

After Jesus' resurrection, the Bible says,  "[t]hen he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, 'Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer, and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem'''(Luke 24:45~47). From these verses, the fundamental elements of the gospel are suffering, resurrection, repentance and forgiveness. Whether our proclaimed gospel today are complaint to the teachings of Jesus, it is a matter we should be vigilant enough to watch and think twice.

On March 28, a heinous homicide of beheading a four-years-old girl tragically happened in Taiwan. The heartbroken mother of the angelic girl urged Taiwan society in tears, "Ultimately, from our families and the education system, let such kind of evildoer disappear forever from our society and hope this kind of people will never show up again in our future generations!". At that moment, when Taiwan society united together to share their sorrow and condolence for this innocent girl and her families, it reminded us, except attending common religious services, Jesus also went into the bottom of the society to heal those people of leprosy and made friends with prostitutes, tax-collectors and burglars. In addition, Jesus turned his suffering on the cross into a permanent forgiving salvation. In our context today, our faith in Christ do bring us much more abundance than the joyful Sunday service of praise and worship. There are too much ministries beyond what the church are engaging now!

After the Easter Day, may the Lord open our minds to understand kinds of suffered people in Taiwan society, just like we used to learn his sufferings for us. In the meantime, may the Lord let us understand the Bible and know the gospel we have to proclaim are repentance and forgiveness!

 


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