Most Rev. Dr. Paul Kwong speaks at CDSP commencement

Recent graduates of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific received insight into ministry in a global context when they welcomed the Most Rev. Dr. Paul Kwong as commencement speaker. Kwong, who received his M. Div. from CDSP in 1982, is the Archbishop and Primate of Hong Kong. In his address, Kwong tied his ministry in Hong Kong to his work with the global Anglican Communion.

As Primate of Hong Kong he must walk a fine line between working with political leaders —  including his role on the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Consultative Council, and his calling to be a Christian witness. Similarly, the church in Hong Kong works as a bridge between native Hong Kongers, Mainland Chinese, Filipino migrants, and Western financiers. In a city often enlivened by protests for democracy and uncertain about its political future, Kwong said he often works to build trust and facilitate dialogue.  

Kwong drew parallels between the situation of Hong Kong and the global Anglican Communion. Much how he has worked to maintain dialogue among the diverse constituencies of Hong Kong, as the recently elected head of the Anglican Consultative Council, he must try to do the same for the world’s Anglicans and Episcopalians.

Despite recent conflicts over sexuality, Kwong continued to affirm the place of the Episcopal Church in the global Anglican community. “We have never been a church of one voice only…As chair of the community of Anglican and Episcopal churches of the world, no one will be excluded from this family,” he said.