A liberation narrative of religious presence amid the protests

Hong Kong theology

Authored by: Tsz Him Lai

The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Cities

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367367121
eBook ISBN: 9780429351181
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This chapter offers an overview of the role of Christianity during the 2019 Hong Kong protests. It first explains the connection between the Umbrella Movement in 2014 and the Anti-Extradition Bill Protests in 2019, summarizing how the experience generated from the previous movement can be a foundation for Christians to join the protests in 2019. Second, it examines the role that Christianity has played in shaping the Anti-Extradition Bill Protests. The participation of Christians can be divided into four different parts, namely launching petitions, singing “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord,” opening churches as shelters, and exercising pastoral care at the frontline of the protests. Each action is distinct but interconnected with the other. The final section will give a summary and interpret how that Christian participation can be interpreted as a new cry of liberation theology situated in the context of Hong Kong. The solidarity displayed among the clergy, laypeople, and protestors embodies a new spirit of anti-authoritarianism.

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