Thought for the day
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8
CSI Synod organized and conducted a consultation on rethinking ecclesia from ‘Prophetic Diakonia Perspective’, attributed towards a borderless church by being and becoming Christ communities. This consultation was held in CSI Synod Center on the 15th and 16th May 2018. The consultation was inaugurated by the Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, Moderator, CSI., where 40 participants from different professions, including Bishops, pastors, social concern directors, people’s movement and interns from seminary and social work colleges actively participated.
It was an exercise of introspection and rethinking Ecclesia, in the context of 500th anniversary of reformation and 70th anniversary of the Church of South India. Keynote address was delivered by Rev. V. J. John who set the tone for the discussion by expounding 1) Ministry from biblical and theological perspective, 2) Practice of ministry within the church and 3) Rethinking mission (in line with the mission task of Jesus, the Nazareth manifesto). There were a total of 12 presentations on life-affirming activities in the community facilitated by different community organizations, peoples movements and networks. The panellists include Dr. K. Krishnan, Foundation for Sustainable Development, Ms. Geetha Ramakrishnan of Unorganized Workers Federation, Dr. TMN. Deepak of December 3 Movement, Dr. Faizur Rahman of Islamic Forum for the promotion of moderate thought, Mr.Martin, Mr.Siva and Dr.Ramki of Nirangal, Orinam and SAATHI, Ms.Loretta Johanna of International Justice Mission, Dr.Paul Divakar of National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, Ms.Kousalya Periyasami of Positive Women Network (PWN+), Dr.Richard Devadoss of Cornerstone Trust and Rev.Asir Ebenezer, Director, CSI – SEVA. These life-affirming experiences shared by the panellists challenged participants to see Jesus mandate carried out by many others in the community, including those who do not believe in religion. Respondents to the panellists were the theologians and pastors, including Rt.Rev.Mohan Manoraj, Rev.Jacqulin Jothi, Dr.Mohan Larbeer, Rev.Dr.Samuel Rajadurai, Rev. Dr. Isaac Kadirvelu and Rev.Milanton Rajareegam responded to the panellists and tried to capture the learning and challenges. They suggested ways and means to rethink ecclesia toward a borderless church.
The entire deliberation of the 2 days consultation suggested that to redraw the border of the Ecclesia, making it liberative and inclusive, is possible only when the church comes outside and experiences salvation, as concluded by the General Secretary of CSI Synod.Read Next...
Wednesday, May 16,2018
Dalit Women Empowerment (Karnataka Northern, Madras, Karimnagar, North Kerala, South Kerala Dioceses
To enable the congregations to give an account of their hope concerning the Biblical Vision of a New Heaven and a New Earth...and strive to build here and now, a just, egalitarian society that is sensitive to gender issues and other inequalities.
To transform communities through sustainable development and community empowerment.
To sensitize local congregations on social, economic, political, cultural and gender realities.
To build peoples' alliances and networking with movements on various campaigns related to Right to Education, Right to Information, Child friendly Schools, etc.
To strive for building peace initiatives in the church and conflict- ridden pockets in South India.
Dalit Women Empowerment (Karnataka Northern, Madras, Karimnagar, North Kerala, South Kerala Dioceses).
Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (East Kerala, Madurai-Ramnad, Nandyal, Dornakal, Trichy Tanjore Dioceses).
Liberative Livelihood Options (Tirunelveli, Krishna Godavari Dioceses).
Community based care and support program HIV/AIDS (Coimbatore Diocese).
Sustainable and Life- Giving Agriculture (Madhya Kerala Diocese)
Empowerment of Transgenders (Thoothukudi Nazareth Diocese).
Building Local Capacities for Peace (All Dioceses).
Girl Child Campaign: “Assuring her future” (All Dioceses).
Focus 9 / 99 Addressing Rights of the Girl Child (All Dioceses) Drafting a Child Protection Policy.
DISHA- Disability Intervention for Solidarity and Holistic Accompaniment (All Dioceses).
CARDIA - Congregation Accompanied Reformed Diakonia in Action (Madurai-Ramnad Diocese).