PCT responds to CWM Statement on Taiwan: Prophetic voices from the wilderness

by Cheon Young Cheol

The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) General Assembly Executive Committee, which convened on 18 July 2023, expressed “heartfelt and deep gratitude” to the Council for World Mission (CWM) for issuing a statement in support and solidarity with PCT during its recent Annual Members’ Meeting (AMM) themed “Break Down the Walls of Division”. The statement titled “Not Forgotten and Not Alone” addressed the plight of Taiwan amidst geopolitical tensions and marginalisation, showing “prophetic audacity and radical hospitality”.

For decades, Taiwan has faced enormous challenges dealing with dehumanising forces whilst being overlooked by the international community. As such, the CWM statement offered PCT sustaining hope and encouragement, assuring them of “prayerful commitment” from a mission partner, and its decision to hold its AMM in Taiwan reminded PCT that it was “not forgotten and not alone”.

PCT also credited faithful and courageous partnerships such as the Taiwan Ecumenical Forum (TEF) and CWM for the challenges and outcries of Taiwan increasingly being heard by the world. In response to these truthful partnerships, PCT affirmed its commitment to engage in ecumenical companionship and participating in prophetic endeavours of compassion and pursuing just peace in a deeply troubled world.

In closing, the PCT Moderator Rev. Pang Jyh Hong and PCT General Secretary Rev. Chen Hsin Liang exhorted church members to respond to the call for unity and restoration in 2 Corinthians 13:11, pursuing peace and living in God’s love.

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