Christians & Nation-Building in a Pluralistic Society

21st March 2020
8:30 am till 4:15 pm 

Petaling Jaya Evangelical Free Church

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The purpose of this seminar is to help and challenge christians think and work through what their responsibilities and duties are as christian citizens in a multi-racial and multi-religious society. What does being "salt of the Earth" and "Light of the World" mean in our national context. Apart from going to church faithfully? This is designed for both pastors /church leaders as well as ordinary members. The outline programme give you an idea of the range of topics covered. If you are concerned with these issues, come and join for a day of study, discussion and reflection together.

Event Programme

8:30 am - 9:30 am


9:00 am - 9:45 am

Worship & Opening
Opening remarks by Bishop Emeritus Hwa Yung

9:45 am - 11:00 am

Plenary 1: The Malaysian Context
Dr. Helen Ting - Historical & Sociopolitical Background of the Nation
Mr. Tan Kong Beng - Challenges Facing the Church Today
Q & A

11:00 am - 11:15 am


11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Plenary 2: A Christian Social Vision
Rev. Marvin Wong - Biblical Reflection
Rev. Dr. Clarence Devadass - The Roman Catholic Tradition
Rev. Daniel Ng - The Protestant Tradition
Q & A

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm


1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Workshop A
Workshop Track 1: Dr. Francis Loh - Christians & Politics
Workshop Track 2: Dr. Wong Young Soon - Building Compassionate Communities

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Workshop B
Workshop Track 3: Dr. Mark Lovatt - Corruption & Moral Integrity
Workshop Track 4: Mr. Andrew Khoo - Religious Freedom & Extremism

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Rounding Up & Closing
Concluding remarks by Mr. Peter Yee

4:15 pm

Afternoon Tea

Seminar Speaker Profiles

Rev. Dr. Clarence Devadass

a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur. He is currectly the Director of the Catholic Research Centre. He is also the Executive Secretary of the Office of Theological Concerns in the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences and a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. His areas of interest include contextual mission theology, interreligous engagement and moral development.

Bishop Emeritus Hwa Yung

was the bishop of the Methodist church in Malaysia from 2004-2012. He has served as a pastor and has taught in Seminari Theoloji Malaysia and Trinity Theological College, Singapore. He has also been involved with various other ministries, including the Oxford Centre for the Mission Studies and the Lausanne movement. Presently he maintains an active freelance ministry.

Mr Andrew Khoo

has been in active legal practice for 24 years. He has represented the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM), the Malaysian Bar, the Council of Churches Malaysia, the Diocese of West Malaysia and the Bible Society of Malaysia in watching briefs before the Federal Court, Court of Appeal and the High Court cases involving election petitions, constituency redelineation, child custody, citizenship and freedom of religion.

Dr. Francis Loh

a pensioner, was secretary of Aliran for 20 plus years before becoming president (2011-2016). Aliran is a social reform movement promoting justice, freedom and solidarity. He was Professor of Politics in University Sains Malaysia (USM) and also taught seminarians in College General for more than 20 years. He is also active in the Malaysian LaSalle Education Council.

Dr. Mark Lovatt

is the principal consultant and ceo of Trident Integrity Solutions, a leading-edge consultancy firm expert at implementing anti-corruption programmes. He is also the co-founder and Secretary General of the Business Intergrity Alliance. He heads the Transperancy & Integrity Committee at European - Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and supports the Malaysian Government's Governance, Integrity & Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC).

Rev. Daniel Ng

is lecturer in Practical Theology at Seminari Theolji Malaysia. He is also a minister of Gereja Presbyterian Malaysia and is actively involved in youth work at the local and national level within the Presbyterian Church. He strongly believes that youth has a pivotal role to play in nation and community builting. He holds a MTh from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Mr. Tan Kong Beng

is presently the Executive Secretary of the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) and has been with CFM since November 2008. Upon his return from Regent College, Kong Beng taught at the Malaysian Bible Seminari (MBS) for some years and then served as a pastoral staff of his home church. He is at present serving as the Honorary Secretary of the Bible Society of Malaysia.

Dr. Helen Ting

is associate professor at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), Univeristy Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Her research interests include issues related to national integration, politics of national identity, history education, interethnic and interreligious relations. She believes that it's part of Christians' responsibilities to contriute to an inclusive process of nation-building in Malaysia.

Rev. Marvin Wong

is the Director of Christian Education at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Kuala Lumpur. For over a decade he pastored churches in England and Malaysia and has also previously served in GCF Malaysia and at Seminari Theoloji Malaysia, where he is presently a doctoral candidate. He has a MA in International Relations from Leeds and a MA in Theology from Cambridge University.

Dr. Wong Young Soon

is the Executive Director of Malaysian CARE and works with Orang Asli and Orang Asal communities in socia-economic development using a community development approach. Initiatives he is involved in are co-operatives, capacity building, sustainable agriculture and land rights. He holds a MA in Rural Development from the University of Easy Anglia, and a PhD in Public Health from Monash University.

Peter Yee

have been the President of Graduates Christian Fellowship (GCF) Malaysia since 2009. Professional, a private equity fund manager for 14 years. Since end of 2016, Peter had been running his own consulting business, helping clients with anything from proposals for government PFI projects, reviewing business plan of public listed company, M&A, to fund raising for private or public companies and projects. Peter also involved in the renewable energy sector.

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