Want to learn to stand up to hostile media like Thio Li-Ann?

… then sign up for this seminar conducted by the Varsity Christian Fellowship over the National Day weekend!

The panel, which as well as everyone’s second favourite Thio includes Ravi Zacharias founder of RZIM which describes Christianity as

the only reasonable option by which people should live

targeting

opinion-makers of society

is geared to

equip Christians to live effectively as ambassadors of the Kingdom of God to the kingdoms of this world in which they live

The timing of this seminar with its stated goal to equip Christians to speak

so that those in the positions of influence in our culture will hear and respond favourably

is curious considering (or is in response to?) recent statements by SM Goh Chok Tong (religious sentiments should be kept private and the secular nature of our state and policy-making be respected) SM Jayakumar and Mr Wong Kan Seng on the need for religious harmony in Singapore.

Especially as the list of speakers includes the principal of St Andrews Secondary School, a premier government-aided institution.

Is this with MOE approval?

Thio taking over Aware by subterfuge didn’t work.
NYU refused to muzzle, leash, issue warnings or suspend students for voicing opinions–worse, did not make attending Thio (different Thio here) courses mandatory.

Perhaps the best move is to start with younger minds–in schools.
Principals influence teachers who influence students.
I have great respect for Belinda Charles and SASS. I only hope for the sake of those paying $60 (excluding lunch) that she, rather than Thio Li_ann, will be offering the

practical tips for responding to the social and political controversies that are argued in the public square.

VCF notice of the GCF-RZIM Seminar (& yes, I was once an active VCF member… )

GCF-RZIM Seminar: Called To Engage – Being Salt and Light in the Public Square
Date: Saturday, 8 August, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Venue: 420 North Bridge Road #05-04 North Bridge Centre (opposite National Library)
Theme: Called to Engage – Being Salt and Light in the Public Square
Speakers: Ravi Zacharias A-P team, Dr Roland Chia, Dr Thio Li-ann, Dr Toh See Kiat, Belinda Charles and Tong Suit Chee

GCF-RZIM SEMINAR
Called to Engage: Being Salt and Light in the Public Square

Date: 8 August (Saturday) & 10 August 2009 (Monday)
Time: 9 am – 6 pm (Optional movie on 8 August 6 pm-8 pm)
Venue: 420 North Bridge Road #05-04 North Bridge Centre (opposite National Library)
Cost: $60 per person (for tea breaks and materials, excluding lunch)

Called to Engage: Being Salt and Light in the Public Square is a seminar to equip Christians to live effectively as ambassadors of the Kingdom of God to the kingdoms of this world in which they live. It is much easier to be a Christian in a holy huddle, a private religious community or monastery. It gets tougher and unsettling when we step into the public square, where a cacophony of voices argue for different visions of how life ought to be ordered. As Christians are called to be salt and light in the world, what does God want us to do with regard to these issues?

The seminar seeks to provide biblical and theological foundations for living as a public Christian, an ambassador for Christ who speaks to the issues of the day from a godly perspective. It also offers practical tips for responding to the social and political controversies that are argued in the public square. How do we stand up for the unpopular truth before a hostile audience or media? How do we speak so that those in the positions of influence in our culture will hear and respond favourably?

Speakers include the Ravi Zacharias A-P team, Dr Roland Chia, Dr Thio Li-ann, Dr Toh See Kiat, Belinda Charles and Tong Suit Chee.

Please register with gcfsing@gcf.org.sg with details on name and church membership or enquire at tel: 6338 6283 (GCF) or 62477695 (RZIM Office). Please send cheque addressed to the Graduates’ Christian Fellowship at 420 North Bridge Road #05-04 North Bridge Centre, Singapore 188727. Limited to first 60 registrations.

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5 Responses

  1. This may come across as slightly irrelevant but I remember how as a good MG-AC girl I joined VCF in University – it turned me off Christianity for many years of my life.

    One of the more memorable things was the debate during cell group on whether girls should wear spaghetti straps. After going on about it for most part of the gathering for that day, the leaders finally announced that girls should not wear spaghetti straps because as sisters in Christ, we should not tempt our brothers.

  2. Hi there,

    I think there is a tide of unnecessary post-AWARE repugnance against the activities of religious organization in the common space guaranteed by a secular government.

    On one hand, the secular government itself recognizes that the community it is serving is not a secular community. It is a post-secular society, as PM Lee recently acknowledged.

    On the other hand, a secular polity is by itself blind and directionless, unless it drank from the values of traditions. And often, if not always, traditions are embedded in religions.

    Yes, we have to be critical over religious activities at the common space that is shared by multi-cultured people, yet we should not throw away every elements derivative from religious traditions, be it Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, or etc.

    Best Regards.

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  4. I guess my expectations were too high.

    Used to think fundementalist Christians keep their nonsense only within their 4 church walls, because I did not actually think any rational individual will do what their “leaders” tell them to do.

    Except, well, bothering people trying to take their nap in the canteen to share with them the “Word of God”. (Kudos to the Buddhist friend who did not flare up eventhough he got disturbed a few times in his time in university – if it was me I would have done more than flaring up).

    If you walk into certain churches and refuse to subscribe to some of their thinking, getting abused is almost asked for, since YOU chose to walk into their space.

    It’s when the line between secular and religious space gets fuzzy, things become truly nasty.

    The AWARE incident shocked me, to be honest. This to me, was one of the most blatant intrusion into public space.

  5. I see the VCF has pulled off its GCF-RZIM webpage, which shows up blank now… The event doesn’t even show up on their archived event list.

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