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Date: 14 February, 2018 Issue No. 005
 

Taiwan Ecumenical Forum for Justice and Peace (TEF)

台灣普世論壇—尋求公義和平(TEF)

  I am delighted to inform our partners and ecumenical organizations that the Taiwan Ecumenical Forum for Justice and Peace (TEF) has been launched. This was a key recommendation of the International Forum organized by the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) in February 2017. The ecumenical organizations helped the PCT in the planning. This 2017 Forum recognized that the recent developments in Taiwan both within and without the church have not been made well-known outside Taiwan, including the challenges facing the PCT life and witness. We are deeply grateful to our partners for encouraging us to be pro-active in sharing our story and we are equally thankful that our partners will be in solidarity with us as we endeavor to be faithful to our calling as God’s instrument of justice, peace and spiritual renewal in our own land.
  我很高興能通知我們所有的合作教會與普世組織:「台灣普世論壇—尋求公義和平(TEF)」已經正式成立!這個重要的建議是來自2017年2月台灣基督長老教會(PCT)所舉辦的國際研討會,PCT在籌備國際研討會的過程中得到許多普世組織的協助。這個研討會發現,台灣近期的發展,其中也包含PCT的生命與見證,在國際社會上鮮為人知。我們深深感謝這些夥伴,鼓勵我們主動分享我們自己的故事,也感謝我們的夥伴,在我們竭力忠心回應呼召之時,願意與我們站在一起,使我們能在我們的土地上,成為上主公義、和平與靈性更新的器皿。

  We are deeply appreciative to the World Communion of Reformed Churches General Council, at its meeting in Leipzig in July 2017, for welcoming the establishment of TEF.
  我們也誠摯的感謝2017年7月在萊比錫舉行的普世改革宗教會聯盟(WCRC)大會中通過,樂見台灣普世論壇(TEF)得以成立。

  In launching the TEF, we have consulted widely with the ecumenical organizations to which the PCT belongs. We are very pleased that there has been an enthusiastic affirmation of the purpose of the TEF as stated in its Terms of Reference.  TEF is a PCT mission priority and is our warm invitation to our partners and the whole ecumenical movement to accompany us to journey together for justice and peace, including transitional justice, human rights and the sovereignty of Taiwanese people.
  在成立台灣普世論壇(TEF)的過程中,我們廣泛地諮詢PCT所屬的普世機構。我們很高興大家對於寫在權責規章中的宗旨,給予熱烈的肯定。台灣普世論壇(TEF)是PCT宣教的首要任務,同時也是我們對夥伴與整個普世運動一個溫暖的邀請:在通往公義與和平的旅途上與我們同行,包含轉型正義、人權與台灣人民主權等議題。

  The TEF will be guided by a Steering Group comprised of ecumenical partners and a select group of PCT partners. The Steering Group will have its inaugural meeting on February 22-23 in Taipei. The PCT is immensely privileged and honored to have as the co-conveners Rev. Dr. Collin Cowan, General Secretary, Council for World Mission (CWM) and Rev. Dr. Chris Ferguson, General Secretary, World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC). Others who will be attending are:
Rev. Glynis Williams, Associate Secretary, International Ministries, Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC);
Rev. Makoto Kato Executive Secretary for Ecumenical Ministries United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ);
Rev. Dr. Christof Theilemann, East Asia Secretary, Berliner Missionswerk (BMW);
Ms Sunita Suna, Regional Secretary, Asia Pacific, World Student Christian Federation (WSCF);
Rev. Sung-kook Park, Ecumenical Officer, Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK).
We await confirmation of participation from the Philippines.
The United Reformed Church (URC) has agreed to be a member of the Steering Group but is unable to attend this first meeting. The Christian Conference of Asia will make a decision at its Executive Committee in July this year.
  台灣普世論壇(TEF)將由一個執行小組(Steering Group, SG)來帶領,執行小組的成員包含一部份普世機構的代表,以及一些PCT合作教會的代表。執行小組將於今年2月22-23日於台北舉行首次會議。PCT非常地榮幸能有以下兩位作為TEF的共同召集人:
世界傳道會(CWM)總幹事Dr. Collin Cowan牧師、普世改革宗教會聯盟(WCRC)總幹事Dr. Chris Ferguson牧師。
其他成員包含:
加拿大長老教會普世助理總幹事Glynis Williams牧師、日本基督教團(UCCJ)普世執行幹事Makoto Kato牧師、柏林差會(BMW)東亞幹事Dr. Christof Theilemann牧師、世界學生基督徒聯盟(WSCF)亞太區幹事Sunita Suna小姐、韓國基督教長老會(PROK)普世幹事Park, Sung-kook牧師。
我們尚在等候菲律賓代表的回覆。
至於英國聯合歸正教會(URC)已經同意成為執行小組的一員,但此次無法參加會議。而亞洲基督教協(CCA)將於今年7月執委會中做出決定。

  The PCT representatives to the Steering Group will be Prof. Victor Hsu, Rev. Joshua Lian, Ms. Nancy Lin and Rev. Sudu Tada.
  代表PCT的執行小組成員有:徐望志教授、連振翔牧師、鄭明敏老師與Sudu Tada牧師。

  The agenda of the Steering Group will be quite full including expectations by participants, update by the PCT and detailed planning for the meeting of the whole Forum later in the year, the theme and resource persons. There will also be Steering Group organizational matters to be decided upon.

     執行小組的議程將會相當豐富,包含與會者的期待以及關於年底整個論壇(TEF)的主題與講員等詳細規劃。執行小組也將針對組織的議題做出決策。

陳明志                   林芳仲

Rev. Tan Beng-Chi               Rev. Lyim Hong-Tiong
PCT Moderator, 62nd General Assembly     PCT General Secretary
 
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