CWM is pleased to stand in solidarity with the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) through the Taiwan Ecumenical Forum in which CWM General Secretary, Rev Dr Collin Cowan, serves as Co-Convener. In February 2017, the PCT invited its partner churches and ecumenical organisations to discern together the signs of the time and to sharpen its missional focus. Forty-five partner churches and ecumenical organisations sent representatives including Asia Church Women’s Conference (ACWC), Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), Council for World Mission (CWM), World Council of Churches (WCC), World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF). They engaged in Bible study with one hundred and twenty-five Taiwanese participants many of whom were women and youth. These sessions of exploring the scripture together were immensely beneficial for spiritual support of the Taiwanese who have long felt the isolation from the ecumenical family. Many international partners, for the first time, heard the pain and the cry of the Taiwanese, and the reality of today’s Taiwan. This experience led the February 2017 International Ecumenical Forum to propose the establishment of a Taiwan Ecumenical Forum (TEF) to meet an urgent need for information sharing about Taiwan and for mutual support.
The Taiwan Ecumenical Forum steering group will be meeting on 26-27 February, in Berlin.
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