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The Justice Conference Asia 2016

Summary of Reports from The Salvation Army’s Representatives.

The observations from the conference-

1. The conference was inspirational, well-organized with different international speakers together with a professional musical band to support every worship moment. It was well attended by a diversity of non-profit organizations as well as churches across different denominations.

2.   Many experienced speakers/practitioners were invited to share in the conference (they have been long working on the front line fighting social evils for the minority groups and the lower class including human trafficking, unjust trade practices, child labor and exploitation, vulnerable people groups including prostitutes, the poor and minority ethnics).

3.  The conference was conducted in English but there were translation headsets provided for Cantonese speakers’ use – this greatly encouraged the involvement of local churches and organizations that are not predominantly English-speaking.

The strengths of the conference

1.   To provide a platform for conversation from different churches and organizations to meet and explore in the issue of ‘justice’ through the sharing from different famous speakers, humanitarian organizations and NGO’s to form a network of passionate justice which helps building up dialogues for bringing out practical approaches to restore beauty of ‘justice’ where it has been lost within our society.

2.   Provided a golden chance for the people with the same vision and mission to meet, share and discuss this issue of ‘justice’.  Participants were greatly encouraged through reading the different reference books displayed in the book shop. There were also many fine hand-made products for sale as a source of donation to support the financial needs of the minority groups and the lower class in the community.

The benefits of the conference

1.   To broaden understanding about the concept/meaning and the importance of ‘justice’, to learn that all people are equal in front of ‘justice’ and to convert the abstract theory of ‘justice’ to practical and realistic issues (to love neighbors including the least advantaged members of society through caring and helping them without selfishness and stingy and to assure the protection of equal access to liberties, rights, and opportunities).

2.   To learn that the true way to understand what is ‘justice’ must through the understanding about the love of Christ. ‘Justice’ is a very nature of God (reflecting God’s glory and beauty on the land), of which has been demonstrated by Jesus Christ through His caring on the poor and the underprivileged. On the other hand, ‘injustice’ is a violence which would be condemned by God seriously.

3.   To learn about ‘forgiveness’ is the main way out for ‘injustice’. ‘Forgiveness’ is a wonderful gift of power from God to us for tackling ‘injustice’ problems.

4.   To learn that ‘social injustice’ would lead to ‘poverty’ – the beliefs of ‘capitalism’ advocates ‘competition society’, ‘consumerism’ and ‘egoism’ which are contradicting with bible teachings of loving our neighbors. There is correlation between ‘poverty’ and ‘spirituality’ – it would be very important to share about Jesus’ love with the poor and the underprivileged to help improving their self-esteem, enrich their eyesight and building up their supportive network in the community.

5.   To know that we can solve the problem of ‘injustice’ (we are the ‘answer’) through approaching the people in need and building up relationship with them (‘relationship’ is an essential element for doing ‘social justice’ – sincere approach and communication would be a fundamental step for understanding their needs and starting new initiatives for their better transformation).

6.   To know how we could start doing ‘social justice’ through the following practical ways -

*     to believe you can be free
    

*     to stop being so afraid
    

*     to start now and start by oneself
    

*     to never ever give up
     

Reflection/impression from the conference

1.     To be challenged to live a life bearing ‘justice’ in mind and practice how to live it out – to step out from ‘comfort zone’ to follow Jesus’ footstep to do ‘social justice’ through helping others with prayers support.

2.   To know that the spreading of the Jesus Christ’s gospel to people is very important as this would give them ‘peace’ in their hearts.  People’s understanding of God’s salvation is a foundation for our motivation to advocate social justice.

3.   To be challenged to find out more creative platforms that the Army could provide for Corps, social services units and educational units to educate, promote and work out ‘justice’ through participating activities to serve neighbors in community (to broaden the horizon on pastoral ministry).

4.   To think about ‘justice’ concern in the events of political ‘tearing’ in church pastoral and witnessing ministry ( ‘Umbrella Movement’ reflected people’s discontentment toward HKSAR – strive for universal suffrage for the Chief Executive Election in 2017 and the Legislative Council election in 2020.)

5.   To think about the possibility of implementation of potential projects in Corps and social service units to support ‘anti-human trafficking’.

6.     To think about whether the Army practices in human resources what they preach?

7.   To think about the community care and support services for the elderly in the community – any ‘injustice’ existing in the Governmental Elderly Retirement Protection Scheme?

8.     To be challenged about the role or image of women in society.

Representatives from The Salvation Army

04 Lt Col Wendy Swan  Lt-Colonel Wendy Swan (Moral & Social Issues Council)

03 Derek Yeung  Derek Yeung (Moral & Social Issues Council)

grey img  Joyce Yuen (Kowloon Central Corps)

Winnie Keung  Lt. Winnie Keung (Melody Corps)

Tony Zhao  Captain Tony Zhao (Ian Ho Corps)

Joyce Cheung Wanchai Corps  Joyce Cheung (Wan Chai Corps)

grey img  Adeline Wu (Kowloon Central Corps)

grey img  Jackie Chan Hoi Ying (Kowloon East Corps)

Chan Wa Ching Kln East Corps  Chan Wa Ching (Kowloon East Corps)

grey img  Wong Siu Man (Tsuen Kwai Corps)

Kennis Ngai SSD  Kennis Ngai (Social Services Department, CHQ)

Miranda Tang SSD  Miranda Tang (Social Services Department, CHQ)

Alice Chu SSD  Alice Chu (Social Services Department, CHQ)

Catherine Wong SSD  Catherine Wong (Social Services Department, CHQ)

Susan Yung WM  Susan Yung (Women Ministries Department, CHQ)