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The Characteristics of the Diocese of Eastern Kowloon, HKSKH

The Diocese of Eastern Kowloon is established on 20 September 1998, she is one of three dioceses (the other two: the Diocese of Hong Kong Island, and the Diocese of Western Kowloon) of the Province of Hong Kong constituted in conformity with the traditions and provisions of the Anglican Communion. The three dioceses would function under a common constitution and legislative body, the General Synod.

As a member of the Province, they confess the faith uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds, which faith they are called upon to proclaim afresh in each generation. Led by the Holy Spirit, the diocese must bear witnesses to Christian truth in its historic formularies, the Book of Common Prayer and the ordering of bishops, priests and deacons.

Sharing the same mission and goals with the sister dioceses, they answer the call to spread the good news into the new millennium, through pastoral nurture and evangelism. They can only do so by bearing their full Christian responsibility through mutual assistance and spiritual growth.

The diocese is situated in rapidly changing environment. New land will be made available for housing development and business with the new landfill area from Hung Hom to Kowloon Bay. Wait the height restrictions removed after the transfer of the Kai Tak Airport to Chek Lap Kok, creation of new infrastructual network, increase population and economic development, they will bear even greater responsibilities in education, welfare, pastoral and spiritual care for the people of our diocese. Christ has taught them the soul is inseparable from the care the physical and social being.

The Mission Statement of the Diocese

The Diocese of Eastern Kowloon of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui is an Anglican community of Faith, belonging to the one, holy apostolic Church. We are determined to lead a life which is an imitation of Christ’s perfect model. In obedience to His teachings, we would seek to realize the divine mission bestowed on us: spreading the gospel, caring for the faithful, building a community of loving kindness and concern, responding to the needs of the local community with flexibility and submitting ourselves totally for the realization of the Kingdom of God, in order that the triune God in whom we believe may be properly glorified.

The Crest of the Diocese of Eastern Kowloon

Elements of the Diocesan Crest bear the following meanings:

The Mitre - The Mitre is the symbol of an Episcopal and apostolic Church. Its four component colours, namely, purple, red, gold and white, represent respectively the Christian virtues of restraint, sacrifice, honour and holiness required of a Bishop and the Church under his/her leadership.
The Shield - The shape of a shield signifies the defending of the faith.
The Bible - The Bible being the Word of God is a powerful reminder of the Church’s mission of evangelism.
The Cross - The Cross is the symbol of God’s salvation for human beings.
The Key - The Key signifies the opening up of the door to the Kingdom and the Truth of God.
The Crozier - The Crozier is the symbol of the pastoral responsibilities which the Church bears for the world.
The Ripple - The Ripple carries the symbolism of Water which has a long tradition to signify baptism, purity and the salvation proclaimed by the universal Church. It is also a reminder the evangelical works originated in the area via the route of water.