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KKMC receives award for promoting religious harmony

Oct 2015    
The Rev Gabriel Liew (right) receiving KMC’s IRCC Ambassador ward from Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, at the inaugural IRCC Awards Night 2015.

Kampong Kapor Methodist Church (KKMC) was one of three religious organisations that received the inaugural Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circles (IRCC) Ambassador Award from Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, on 31 July 2015.

The award was given to “recognise religious organisations and other stakeholders that have worked closely or contributed immensely to IRCCs”. Of the three organisations awarded, two were churches, the other church being Bartley Christian Church. A total of five religious organisations, three of them churches, had been nominated for the award.

KKMC was cited for their past activities of organising inter-faith lectures, community Christmas programmes, IRCC Fun Walk and for promoting religious understanding and peace.

It was also commended for having initiated several community outreach programmes, such as the monthly ‘Feed the Hungry’ programme to distribute food packets to foreign workers in Little India, and bonding programme ‘Breakfast with Love’ where members from the church befriend elderly residents in the neighbourhood through exercise, breakfast and fun activities.

The Rev Kenneth Huang, Pastor-in-Charge of KKMC, responded to news of the award: “On this SG50 year, we celebrate our church’s contribution to building the nation and community.”

IRCCs are local-level inter-faith platforms in each of Singapore’s 87 constituencies, formed to promote racial and religious harmony. They are
instrumental in strengthening social cohesion, and building friendship and trust between religious, ethnic and community groups. They are trained to respond quickly to racial and religious tensions during crises by remaining calm and resilient on the ground, and assisting in the recovery process.

 

Photo courtesy of Kampong Kapor Methodist Church

Article submitted by Kampong Kapor. Methodist Church

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