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December 2021
Issue No. 309
 

Archbishop Andrew Chan encourages Ming Hua graduates to walk a two-way road “from living to faith an

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Ming Hua Theological College held its nineteenth graduation ceremony at St Paul’s Church on 27 November 2021. The Most Revd Andrew Chan, Archbishop and Primate of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (HKSKH), preached at the service and conferred awards on the graduands. The Revd Vincent Chan, vicar of St Matthias’ Church, officiated at the service, and the HKSKH Collegium Musicum Sacrum, the provincial choir, sang hymns.

In his sermon, Archbishop Chan pointed out that people nowadays no longer paid much attention to the preaching of church leaders. Therefore, having been trained in theology, the graduands should think about how to connect the faith of the Church with the society, Archbishop Chan said. He also encouraged the graduands to focus on God and spiritual life and to practise what they preach because this was the only way that they could inspire the world they serve; otherwise, the Christian faith would just become a faith divorced from reality.

Archbishop Chan also said that a person dedicated to serving the church and having gone through theological training should become an expert in “life and living”. In other words, he continued, it meant that their teachings, evangelism, and pastoral care were not only to give hope to others in the expectation of eternal life but also to persuade others to live out their faith in their lives on earth, as well as to enrich others with faith so that the body, mind, and soul of each of them might become one. Facing the modern world, Archbishop Chan said, people need to learn how to walk a two-way road: “from living to faith and from faith back to living”. He also thought that the graduands needed to be able to face the realities of life—birth, ageing, illness, and death; happiness, anger, sadness, and joy; victories and defeats—and be able to transform sufferings into blessings so that the stumbling blocks that had once tripped them might become the stepping stones to lead them moving forward. Lastly, Archbishop Chan hoped that everyone could lead a rich life to glorify the Creator and spread God’s blessings by being the salt and light of the world.

After the sermon, Prof Gareth Jones, principal of Ming Hua Theological College, presented the graduands to Archbishop Chan, in his capacity as the college’s council chairman, to receive their awards. The Revd Tim Cheung, the Revd Ryan Cheung, the Revd Francis Yu were admitted to the Master of Theology degree from Charles Sturt University; Ms Eileen Yim, Ms Caroline Wong, and Mr Joseph Nam were admitted to the Bachelor of Theology degree from Charles Sturt University; the Revd Matthew Lee and the Revd Kenneth Lo were admitted to the Master of Divinity degree. Archbishop Chan also presented the Diploma of Anglicanism, Diploma of Biblical Studies, Diploma of Practical Theology, Certificate of Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor in Training, Certificate of Clinical Pastoral Education, and the Certificate of Companion Programme to the graduands. After Archbishop Chan had presented all the degrees and diplomas, Prof Gareth Jones announced the names of the recipients of prizes and scholarships.

 

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<The above article was published in "Echo" Issue No. 309. Please click here>

 

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