The seminar "Food and Water for Life!" given by the World Council of Churches (WCC) was co-organized by The Amity Foundation Hong Kong, Hong Kong Christian Council and Tao Fong Shan Christian Center, where it took place on May 4, 2019. The General Secretary of WCC, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, and Dr. Manoj Kurian, the WCC coordinator of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance gave keynote speeches. They refereed about the Ten Commandments of Food and the impact of human needs on food and water on the earth's biology and ecology from a historical perspective.
Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit (left) and and Dr. Manoj Kurian (right)
The keynote speeches were responded by Dr. Kim Sung Hyun from the Lutheran Theological Seminary and Dr. Yam Chi Keung from the Divinity School of Chung Chi College. Dr. Kim explored the significance of food for people regarding social and spiritual aspects by examining Asian food culture. Dr. Yam cited passages of the Bible about food and water, and pointed out that loving your neighbors implies the love for the creation of God.
Dr. Kim Sung Hyun
Dr. Yam Chi Keung
Elder Dr. Wong Fook Yee, acting General Secretary of the Hong Kong Christian Council, and Mr. Qiu Zhonghui, Chairman of the Amity Foundation, welcomed the speakers and participants on behalf of the co-organizers of the seminar. In his speech, Mr. Qiu Zhonghui pointed out that food and water is meaningful to Christian believers.
“It is life. It is promise. It is sharing. It is spirituality. Food and water issues have always been areas of major concern for Amity. Rooted in Christian perspectives, Amity has a long history of working on food and water projects since the beginning of the organization. This is why Amity has taken part in the Food for Life campaign of WCC.” Therefor The Amity Foundation has produced the Advocacy Tools for Congregations with Ten Commandments of Food in Chinese. “Only when people change we will be able to solve the problems people create”, Mr. Qiu stated.
Elder Wong Fook Yee, acting General Secretary of the Hong Kong Christian Council and Mr. Qiu Zhonghui, Chair of the Board of Amity (right).
The seminar was hosted by Dr. Tong Wing Sze, Director of the Tao Fong Shan Christian Center. About 60 people attended the seminar, including a representative from the Water Supplies Department of Hong Kong, which is a partners in the "Living Water Campaign" of Amity Foundation Hong Kong. The days before Dr. Olav visited various Christian educational, social and ecumenical institutions in Hong Kong.
Dr. Tong Wing Sze, Director of the Tao Fong Shan Christian Center (left) and Rev. Dr. Tveit