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Presbyterians Participate in Bishop Ting's
04 May 1996 20:38:51
95335 Presbyterians Participate in Bishop Ting's
By Julian Shipp
NANJING, China--Fresh from attending the United Nation's Fourth World
Conference on Women and the Non-Governmental Forum in Beijing, 35 people in
the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) travel/study seminar to China shared in a
birthday celebration Sept. 7 for Bishop K.H. Ting, president of the China
Ting, who was born Sept. 20, 1915, prematurely observed his 80th
birthday at Nanjing Union Theological Seminary. The historic seminary
reopened in 1981 after being closed nearly 50 years during China's
"cultural revolution." Ting was elected first president of Nanjing Seminary
"I am delighted to have you all here," Ting told the group of
Presbyterians, seminary students, administrators, teachers and Amity
Foundation representatives. "We are extremely happy to welcome visitors
from abroad because your presence stresses the unification of our faith in
As the postdenominational Christian movement grows in China, Ting
said, one of the seminary's key responsibilities is to ensure the
continuance of strong leadership training. He said there are about 30,000
public buildings in China used for worship, yet not all are accessible to
Consequently, Ting said, tens of thousands of Chinese worshipers meet
in homes, a trend, he said, he expects will continue.
Organized in 1952, Nanjing Union Theological Seminary is a Protestant
church-related institution offering professional, academic education for
the ministry. It also trains theological teachers, research workers, and
Christian writers, musicians and artists.
Established through the union of 12 theological colleges and schools,
and united with Yenjing Union Theological Seminary in 1961, Nanjing
Seminary has trained hundreds of Christian workers who are now serving the
church in several Chinese provinces.
Following his remarks, Ting was given several gifts by the
Presbyterians and had the honor of cutting his birthday cake.
Jean Woo, special assistant for the Worldwide Ministries Division's
China Program, based in New York City, said Ting's appearance marked a high
point in the group's visit to China, especially considering his busy
"We were fortunate and blessed to have met him," said Ann Hale
Johnson, one of the travel/study seminar participants from Washington,
D.C., in National Capital Presbytery.
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
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