The ‘Commitment to Safeguard Religious Harmony’ was launched at the International Conference on Cohesive Societies (ICCS) held on 19 to 21 June. The ICCS brought together internationally renowned thinkers, policy makers, and practitioners for dialogue, “sharing invaluable insights for living together harmoniously and in solidarity in plural societies”. Several TTC lecturers participated in the conference. At the ICCS, a booth, ‘Dial-a-Religion’, was set up for the public to ask questions about different religions. TTC lecturers participated as volunteers to avail themselves via mobile phone to receive questions about Christianity from visitors.
It is our belief that theological educators have a role to engage society and count it a privilege to explain as clearly as possible the Christian message to enquirers. 1 Peter 3:15 reminds us to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”. Through such involvement, our college also contributes to the improvement of interfaith relationships especially by clarifying any misinformation or misunderstanding people may have about Christianity. In these and other ways, TTC is ready to be of service to strengthen religious harmony, which is so vital for the future of Singapore and the region.