Presbyterian Church in Taiwan 69th General Assembly sees positive relationship between state and church

by Cheon Young Cheol

The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) held its 69th General Assembly from 16-18 April at the Changhua Christian Hospital. The event was attended by almost 600 participants who were warmly received by Pastor Peng Chih-hung, President of the General Council of the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan; Pastor Chen Hsin-liang, General Director of the General Council of the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan; and Chen Mukuan, President of the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan.

Amongst the 38 ecumenical representatives from as many institutions and bodies across 11 countries that attended the General Assembly was the Council for World Mission’s (CWM) Mission Secretary-Mission Programme and Partnership, East and South Asia Region, Rev. Julie Sim who also offered greetings on behalf of the organisation.

Taiwan President-elect Lai Ching-te, was also present at the General Assembly, a key highlight of the event.

In his address to the Assembly delegates, Lai expressed the country’s gratitude to PCT for its assistance rendered to the victims of the recent Hualien earthquake, the most serious geological disaster to hit Taiwan in 25 years.

Lai also highlighted PCT’s contribution to the Taiwanese society, and their support and concern for the government’s various ministries.

“It is a positive development to see Taiwan’s president-elect participating in the PCT’s 69th General Assembly, which symbolically demonstrates the coexistence and interdependence between the church and the government,” said Sim who also expressed CWM’s continued prayer and solidarity with the people affected by the earthquake and prayers for the Lord to bring the country through this challenging season.

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