News from the Hill June 29, 2011 | back to index
President Nick Carter announced recently that Andover Newton has entered into a covenantal relationship with Tao Fong Shan, an educational, spiritual and bridge-building program located in the Sha Tin area of Hong Kong, China. The relationship will include many “border crossing” opportunities for Andover Newton students, faculty and alums, and in equal measure for their counterparts in China. “We are excited to have this partnership as it will serve as yet another piece in our emerging design for multi-faith theological education,” said Carter. “It will provide an opportunity for the members of our community to study with and directly engage both the emergent leadership of the Chinese Christian Church, but also to interact with and learn from the great Eastern traditions of Buddhism and Taoism.”
Tao Fong Shan was founded in 1930 by a Norwegian missionary as an outreach to the Buddhists of China. The center exists to foster and develop contextual Christian spirituality, art, and liturgy, and encourage interfaith and cultural exchange and dialogue. They have worked for many years to serve as a bridge between the East and West, between Christian communities and other religious traditions by organizing and participating in related activities, seminars, and trainings. Their current Executive Director, Dr. Hiutung Chan, is a graduate of Andover Newton.
Tao Fong Shan’s beautiful campus, located atop a small mountain, was designed in the Buddhist style and has seen many Buddhist monks in residence over the years. Pilgrim’s Hall is a guest house patterned after the “Cloud and Water Halls” as seen at Buddhist sites in mainland China; retreats is available in Pilgrim’s Hall.
Tao means “The Way,” or as it is used in the Chinese translation of the Bible, “the Logos,” referring to Christ. Fong translates as “Wind,” or the Holy Spirit. Combined with Shan, mountain, Tao Fong Shan can be translated as “The Mountain of the Christ Wind.”