EPISODE 1

CATHOLICS & PROTESTANTS: CAN WE GET ALONG?

Hear a surprising update to the Protestant Reformation.

In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of a German church, beginning the Protestant Reformation that changed the face of Europe, leading nations to break with the Roman Catholic Church and ushering in more than a century of conflict, rivalry and war. Today there are different interpretations of this movement, and both Protestants and Catholics have very different things to say about it and each other. It is therefore intriguing that Catholics and Lutherans have commenced the effort of unity through dialogue since mid-1960’s and have produced joint statements moving towards unity.

safespace‘s first episode commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Debbie speaks to Lutheran pastor Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit and Catholic priest Rev. Fr. George Harrison about their views on the Protestant reformation and the work they are doing to transform Catholic-Lutheran relations in Malaysia.

What is Catholic-Lutheran unity and how can we get along as a Church belonging to Jesus Christ? safespace visits the Church of Visitation, Seremban for this conversation.

Guests:

Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit

Founding pastor of Bangsar Lutheran Church since 2000, Sivin lectures at the Malaysian Theological Seminary (STM) after obtaining his PhD in Religion, Ethics, and Society with the University of Agder, Norway. Also Director of STM’s Centre for Religion and Society, He is an active supporter of Malaysian civil society and is involved in interreligious engagement.

Rev. Fr. George Harrison

Called to ministry at 16, Rev. Fr. George was ordained as priest in 2004.  He completed two years of Mandarin studies in Taiwan to serve the Chinese congregation. He can converse and preach in Mandarin, Tamil, Bahasa Malaysia and English. He is currently parish priest at the Church of Visitation, Seremban previously serving in Church of the Holy Family, Kajang. His passion is ministering to his flock and building disciples of Christ.