Divinity School of Chung Chi College
The Divinity School of Chung Chi College offers courses in theology and Christian studies. The seminary's environment coupled with interdisciplinary exchange foster the development of critical, cosmopolitan theology which builds bridges to other religions and cultural movements. The Divinity School adopts a highly progressive approach and is probably the only theological college in South-East Asia that openly recognises homosexuality. The Divinity School has been part of the Chinese University of Hong Kong since 1963; this makes it an integral element of a public university, which is unusual in East Asia. In financial terms, however, the Divinity School is independent and it receives annual contributions paid by several churches including the Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong (TTM), Mission 21's partner church. The relationship between the Chung Chi College and the former Basel Mission (now Mission 21) dates back many decades.
The Swiss theologian Tobias Brandner, a Mission 21 ecumenical co-worker, is the only European member of the teaching staff who gives instruction at the Divinity School. He combines his teaching activities with practical work as a prison counsellor. In many different ways, Tobias Brandner makes his students increasingly aware that the church should not isolate itself from people on the margins of society but – on the contrary – should put such people at the centre of its work.