154 ecumenical leaders and youth representatives from Taiwan and worldwide gathered at the Presbyterian Bible College in Hsinchu, Taiwan on 28 November for the Taiwan Ecumenical Forum (TEF). Themed “Asia Pacific Kairos: A prophetic call to journey together with the PCT in pursuit of justice and peace for the people of Taiwan and the Asia-Pacific”, the forum examines issues such as transitional justice for Taiwan indigenous people; women’s role in the pursuit of justice and peace; and Taiwan’s standing in the international community. Taiwan Vice President Mr Chen Chien-Jen graced the occasion, and brought greetings from the government during the opening worship.
Among the objectives of TEF are to strengthen and widen ecumenical participation in the pilgrimage for justice and peace in North Asia with Taiwan as a case study in conflict management and resolution. It also serves as a platform of common ecumenical action and advocacy in solidarity with the PCT.
Delivering the sermon for the opening worship service, Rev Cowan reiterated that TEF is an invitation and opportunity; and a journey of discipleship in our pilgrimage towards justice and peace. He spoke about the reality of this journey of discipleship, springing forth from the discontentment of people who bear scars from the past, having walked out of the pain and indignity caused by various forms of Empire.
Photos by Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT)
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