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“My actions on the pulpit have aroused some tension in this saga,” he says.

Pastor Derek Hong apologises for misusing pulpit

He regrets backing new exco in his sermon

SENIOR pastor of the Church Of Our Saviour Derek Hong has issued a public apology for using the pulpit to give backing to the Association of Women for Action and Research’s (Aware) executive committee in their dispute with the group’s previous leadership.

“My actions on the pulpit have aroused some tension in this saga,” he said, “I now stand corrected. I undertake to be more sensitive to similar situations in the future.”

Hackles were raised recently when he encouraged female churchgoers to “be engaged” and support Aware president Josie Lau and “her sisters” in the women advocacy group, in a weekend sermon posted on the church’s website.

Last Sunday, the pastor also invited his congregation to pray for Aware president Josie Lau and her husband, who stood next to Mr Hong on stage.

“I regret that this matter has caused concern and unhappiness,” said Mr Hong in a statement to the media.

He agreed with Dr John Chew, president of the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS), “that the pulpit should not have been used in this Aware saga”.

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