Taiwan Church News
February 26 – March 4, 2018
General Assembly News
Taiwan Ecumenical Forum Launched To Seek Justice And Peace For Taiwan
Reported by Lin Yi-yin
In a two days preparatory conference for Taiwan Ecumenical Forum(TEF), set from November 27 to December 1 at the end of this year, the executive workshop led by Rev Christopher Ferguson(General Secretary of WCRC) and Rev Collin Cowan(General Secretary of CWM) held the first meeting at General Assembly Office of PCT on Feb 22 & 23, 2018.
Except establishing “Let’s Seek Justice And Peace Together” as the main subject of this unprecedented event, the nature, goal, task and responsibility of TEF as an ecumenical organization are also fully discussed and clearly communicated.
During the two days’ conference, many TEF workshop participants think CCA(Christian Conference of Asia) and WCC(World Council of Churches) should also be informed and invited to join this assembly. Therefore, a delegate team will be sent by the TEF executive workshop to visit CCA and WCC respectively, explain TEF’s mission and vision, and invite these two ecumenical church councils to send their representatives to join TEF.
In the meantime, in order to ensure the voice of young generations will not be forgotten or overlooked, TEF executive workshop also decide to invite more Taiwanese youth to take part in this history-breaking event at the end of 2018.
Knowing that PRC’s official churches are actively engaging with kinds of ecumenical organizations, be it WCRC, WCC, CCA or many others, Rev Ferguson expresses that TEF is a breeding ground for us to receive each other, create and grow the fruits of justice and peace.
“I don’t know to where TEF’s mission would lead us, but I am deeply convinced that God calls us to dialogue”, Rev Ferguson says, “as TEF stands for hundreds of thousand Christians and churches assembling in the name of God across Taiwan and beyond, and no doubt there is God’s justice among them!”
Though the purpose of TEF is well understood to speak for Taiwan and let the cries and voices of Taiwanese people be heard in the world, Rev Collin Cowan says in the meeting, the ecumenical churches are expected to care for Taiwan with a brand new vision – not only to fulfill our responsibility to help each other in difficulties, but also to ensure our union in ecumenical fellowship, especially when we are fighting for the the dignity of life and searching for its ultimate meanings.
Rev Collin Cowan stresses the major role of CWM in TEF is to listen carefully to all related parties and work hard to support an united ecumenical fellowship marching audaciously to seek justice and peace from God.
Translated by Peter Wolfe