Ecumenical Unity Service

Jointly organised by the Catholic Diocesan Ecumenical Commission and the Hong Kong Christian Council, the annual Ecumenical Unity Service was held at the Kowloon Union Church on Jan-18, marking the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the liturgy was prepared by the churches in Germany, focusing on the theme Reconciliation.

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Tao Fong Shan

True to its roots as a place for inter-faith dialogue between Buddhists and Christians, Tao Fong Shan remains to be a quiet retreat among the busyness of Hong Kong, welcoming pilgrims of all faiths, to converse, to reflect, and to gain a deeper meaning of life.

Founded by Norwegian missionary Karl Ludvig Reichelt in 1930, it is now home to the Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre, the Lutheran Theological Seminary, and the Ascension House.

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We All Love Hong Kong

Umbrellas at the Tamar Park, Admiralty, Hong Kong.

Intellectual exercise #1: Define “we” in the above statement.
Intellectual exercise #2: Define “love” in the above statement.
Intellectual exercise #3: Define “Hong Kong” in the above statement.

Collision off Lamma

Last night, two ferries collided off Lamma Island, Hong Kong. One of the boats, carrying over 100 people on the way to watch the National Day fireworks display, sank immediately with its passengers aboard.

36 have been confirmed dead, and rescue operations are still under way.

Update on 4-Oct: The death toll has risen to 38, and flags flew at half mast starting today to mark the start of a 3-day mourning.

Update on 6-Oct: A 10-year old girl passed away yesterday, the rest of the hospitalized are said to be in stable conditions.

A Wedding Tale

A long time ago, there were a couple, they’d been together for a while, the lady wished to marry so much, but the gentleman was not ready yet. One day, the lady spoke to the gentleman:

“Would you marry me?”

“Ugh… Marriage…? I’m not ready yet,” the gentleman answered.

But the lady didn’t give up, and began to secretly plan for the wedding. Eventually, it was discovered by the gentleman:

“What are you doing? I’ve never seen someone who’d unilaterally plan a wedding with such secrecy like this. Let’s sit down and talk.”

“But I’ve already booked the banquet hall, paid for the gifts, just sent out the invitations, and plan to have babies 3 years later,” the lady said helplessly (cheekily).

“What?! I’d not accept this!!” the gentleman replied angrily.

In the next few months, the gentleman kept asking the lady to put aside the wedding plan and talk. But the lady ignored him and persisted. The date was approaching, and the argument became more fierce, to the point that they’re about to split. A month before the wedding:

“Please, I’ve prepared everything, you’re not going to quit now, are you?”

“When have I ever agreed to marry you!? Why are you so persistent? We’ve had strife before, but we always talked and solved it in a mutually acceptable way.”

“Talk? Of course! Of course! Is it that you’ve a problem of having the wedding in a church? What about a Buddhist temple? As long as you marry me, we can talk about everything!”

“What I meant was that, we should sit down and think if we should marry now, not the details of the wedding plan… Tell me, why do you insist so?”

“My grandfather said, ‘Don’t hesitate, men’s hearts change easily, marry soon, have babies quick, and so…’ and my relatives also said, that if you do not marry me now, then you aren’t in love with me.”

The story continues…

Note: In Chinese on inmediahk.net. This is intended to be a parody of the national education controversy in Hong Kong.