Excerpts from Dr. Lam's
to the Workshop
There are seven Chinese-speaking Lutheran Churches in Hong Kong: the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Tsung Tsin Mission, the Chinese Rhenish Church-Hong Kong Synod, the Lutheran Church Hong Kong Synod, the Hong Kong and Macau Lutheran Church, the Southeast Asia Lutheran Evangelical Church and the Lutheran Philip House Church. All together, we have 44,000 members located in 160 congregations. Besides evangelism ministry, Lutheran churches, as other churches in Hong Kong, are also deeply involved in educational and social ministries. In Hong Kong, even though only 8% of the population is Christian, the church runs more than half of the public schools and social agencies. Lutherans operate a total of 100 of these schools, as well as 120 other social service agencies, "providing service for people from birth to death."
Although the different Lutheran church bodies each have a distinct background, there is close cooperation between the churches. On July 4, 1997, four of these church bodies came together to host the Lutheran World Federation Assembly in Hong Kong, five of them have entered into membership in the Lutheran Theological Seminary, and one is an associate member. "We are still seeking ways to have further cooperation in order to have a stronger witness for our Lord."
Communicaton is used mainly as a means to promote consumerism and individualistic lifestyle. Media can even be misused for certain purposes which are in contradiction with the dignity of human beings. It's no wonder that the field of communication is seen only as a technique of persuasion by our Lutheran community. "We hope that LUCIA can help us understand the Christian principles of communication, and teach us how to use communication for pastoral purposes, and how to integrate communication education into theological education."