Back to Top

header image

Terms of Reference
職權範圍







1. Name
The name shall be “Taiwan Ecumenical Forum for Justice and Peace” and shall hereafter be referred to as the “Taiwan Ecumenical Forum” (TEF).

2. Nature of Organization
TEF will serve as a cooperative endeavor of the ecumenical movement in accompanying the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) mission priority for justice and peace in Taiwan, and in East Asia. As the PCT seeks to be faithful to God’s calling to identify with the suffering of its people, and to give an account of its faith (1 Peter 3:15), it seeks the support of its partner churches, regional, global mission and ecumenical agencies. TEF represents an ecumenical quest and pilgrimage for peace and justice in Taiwan, East Asia and beyond due to the serious regional security challenges and their implications for world peace. As we attempt this journey together, TEF is also mindful that the WCC is on a pilgrimage of justice and peace and we pray that we will share lessons along the way for mutual enrichment. TEF is established in the spirit of the ecumenical accompaniment programs such as the Ecumenical Forum on Korea (EFK), or Palestine-Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) and the Colombian Peace Process.

3. Objectives
The Taiwan Ecumenical Forum aims to:
 ‧Strengthen and widen (journey together) ecumenical participation in the pilgrimage for justice and
peace in North East Asia with Taiwan as a case study in conflict management and resolution;
 ‧Promote effective cooperation on the basis of mutual trust and transparency through sharing
of resources and experience in the ecumenical community;
 ‧Serve as a platform of common ecumenical action and advocacy in solidarity with the PCT,
as it seeks national dignity, national sovereignty and a Taiwanese society built upon a
  solid foundation of love, justice and mercy;
 ‧Mobilize and broaden ecumenical and church support for the transitional justice process for
the rights of Indigenous Peoples and victim rights (e.g. the martial law era) in the context of
  the global ecumenical commitments;
 ‧Accompany and support actions on various levels in exploring and promoting new ecumenical
and interchurch collaboration within Taiwan; and
 ‧Support PCT priorities for renewing relationships with the Chinese churches and the
China Christian Council.


4. Tasks and Functions
The Taiwan Ecumenical Forum shall have the following tasks and functions:
 a) Initiate dialogue and cooperation among participating churches, ecumenical bodies, and church agencies for common action for justice and peace in East Asia with specific emphasis on Taiwan;
 b) Gather and mobilize material, technical, and financial resources for advocacy for the TEF process;
 c) Ensure mutual transparency and accountability for effective work;
 d) Develop and maintain systematic communications among TEF participants.

5. Steering Group
The Steering Group (SG) co-conveners are Chris Ferguson, General Secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), and Collin Cowan, General Secretary of the Council for World Mission (CWM). Other SG members represent PCT, Mission 21, WSCF, Berliner Missionswerk, Presbyterian Church in Canada, United Reformed Church, United Church of Christ in Japan, and Korean and Philippine partner churches.

6. Meetings
After the initial meeting of the TEF, the Steering Group shall seek opportunities to gather ecumenical partners from time to time in pursuit of the TEF agenda as set out in the ToR.

7. Finances
Meetings will be self-financed with all costs shared. When meeting in Taiwan, the PCT will host the TEF for hotel, food and local transportation costs. The SG and TEF activities will be supported by project funding and voluntary contributions.

8. Other
Any other agenda not specified herein shall be decided by the meetings of the SG.

9. Timeline
TEF is to be assessed every three years to evaluate its ongoing relevance and impact.

一、名稱
  本論壇全名應為「台灣普世論壇—尋求公義和平」,簡稱「台灣普世論壇(Taiwan Ecumenical Forum, TEF)」。

二、組織本質
  台灣普世論壇(TEF)作為普世運動的合作探索平台,將陪同台灣基督長老教會(PCT)一同投入重要宣教事工,亦即尋求台灣及東亞地區的公義與和平。當PCT虔誠尋求上帝的呼召、認同受苦的人民與告白我們心中盼望的緣由(彼得前書3:15),PCT 同時也尋求合作教會、地區、國際宣教與普世機構的支持。有鑒於地區安全的嚴重危害,及力求世界和平的希望,TEF將成為台灣及東亞地區公義與和平朝聖之旅的代表。當我們一同走在宣教的旅途上,我們瞭解普世教會協會(WCC)也正走在公義與和平的朝聖之旅中。TEF祈求大家能彼此分享見證、互相茁壯。TEF其精神與許多普世陪同計畫一致,例如:韓國普世論壇(EFK)、巴勒斯坦—以色列普世論壇(PIEF)及哥倫比亞和平進程。

三、目標
  台灣普世論壇(TEF)的目標如下:
   1.一同強化並擴展普世運動在東北亞公義與和平朝聖之旅上的合作關係,以台灣作為衝突處理與解決的案例。
   2.以相互信任、公開透明、彼此分享資源與經驗的普世團契為根基,促進有效合作。
   3.成為一個普世行動與倡議的平台來聲援台灣基督長老教會(PCT),並陪同PCT為國家尊嚴、國家主權及以愛、公義與憐憫為基礎的台灣社會奮鬥。
   4.於全球普世的委任下,動員及擴大普世機構與教會對轉型正義的支持,以伸張原住民及受害者權益(如戒嚴時期的受害者)。
   5.陪同並協助論壇所研討出來的各種行動,以探索及促進台灣教派間新的普世合作關係。
   6.支持PCT宣教要點即更新PCT與中國各教會及中國基督教協會(CCC)的關係。

四、任務與職責
  台灣普世論壇(TEF)的任務與職責如下:
   1.促進各教會、普世機構與教會機構間的對話及合作,共同為東亞的公義與和平來努力,特別以台灣為重心。
   2.收集並籌劃TEF所需之物資、技術及財務資源。
   3.為促進有效事工,彼此應開誠布公及承擔責任。
   4.發展並維持TEF成員間有效溝通。

五、執行小組(Steering Group)
  執行小組的共同主席有普世改革宗教會聯盟(WCRC)總幹事Chris Ferguson、世界傳道會(CWM)總幹事Collin Cowan。其他執行小組成員包括Mission 21、世界學生基督徒聯盟(WSCF)、柏林差會(BM)、加拿大長老教會(PCC)、英國聯合歸正教會(URC)、日本基督教團(UCCJ)及韓國與菲律賓合作教會代表。

六、會議
  於第一次台灣普世論壇(TEF)會議後,執行小組應尋找適當時機,召集普世教會夥伴,一同來達成TEF職權範圍所協定之議程。

七、財務
  會議費用將由各單位自行籌款支付。當會議在台灣舉行時,台灣基督長老教會(PCT)會支付住宿、飲食及當地交通的費用。執行小組及台灣普世論壇(TEF)的活動支出將以計畫費用與自願性的捐款來支持。

八、其他
  其餘本規章未定義之項目將由執行小組決定。

九、 時程
  台灣普世論壇(TEF)每三年應加以評估其執行成果。