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
Most Rev. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, had an interactive session with the Young Indian Information Technology and Business Transformation professionals in Bangalore on the 3rd September 2019. The session was moderated by Rt. Rev. Prasana Kumar Samuel, the Bishop in the Karnataka Central Diocese of the Church of South India (CSI). Rt. Rev. Dr Vadapalli Prasada Rao; the Deputy Moderator of CSI, Rev. Dr Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda; the General Secretary of CSI, and the officers of the Karnataka Central Diocese attended the meeting.
After the address to the gathering by the Archbishop, there was enough time given to the young professionals to raise questions. The questions varied from the ethics of communication and business strategies to the relevance of Christian education. The Archbishop pointed out the WhatsApp Broadcast set up by the Communication Department of the CSI as an example of the effective use of communication by the church to spread the gospel.
The Archbishop expressed his willingness to continue to hear the young voices from India.Back
Most Rev. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, delivered the sermon and celebrated the Holy Eucharist at St Mark’s Cathedral in Bangalore. Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen; the Moderator of the Church of South India (CSI) Rt. Rev. Dr Vadapally Prasada Rao; the Deputy Moderator, Rev. Dr Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda; the General Secretary, Rt. Rev. Prasana Kumar Samuel; the Bishop in Karnataka Central Diocese and all the other bishops of the CSI led the worship service.Back
Most Rev. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was given a rousing welcome by the villagers of Kavalam, a predominantly Dalit- Christian populated area near Kumarakom, Kerala. Archbishop and team travelled to the village by a houseboat and people received them flaked by the ‘chundan vallam’ (the traditional 'beaked boat' or ‘snake boats’ in Kerala used for the boat races). Rev. Prasad John, the Vicar of the CSI Church in Kavalam and Rev. Sabu K. Cherian explained the types of equipment related to the agrarian life in the village. The Archbishop, his wife and his team had a feast for their eyes of traditional folk dance, the age-old form of planting rice plants and harvesting, water irrigation etc.
The Archbishop of Canterbury spent time with the people of the village and asked questions related to their lives and the changes they see in their lives in recent decades. He was open to answering questions of the people too.
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Most Rev. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, dedicated the newly constructed Bishop’s Chapel adjacent to the Bishop’s House of the Madhya Kerala Diocese of the Church of South India (CSI) in Kottayam on the 1st September 2019. Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen; the Moderator of the CSI, Rt. Rev. Vadapally Prasada Rao; the Deputy Moderator, and the Diocesan leaders attended the dedication service.
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Three days Indo- Korean Mission Council took place at CSI Synod Secretariat, Chennai, from 20th to 22nd August 2019, hosted by the Church of South India. The participants were from six churches in Asia and one mission organisation in Germany. Leadership from the Presbyterian Church in Korea (PCK), Presbyterian Church in Republic of Korea (PROK), Church of South India (CSI), Church of North India (CNI), Presbyterian Church in India (PCI) and Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS), Germany, had participated in the mission council. The Moderator of CSI the Most. Rev. Thomas K Oommen, Deputy Moderator the Rt. Rev. Dr. V. Prasada Rao, CSI General Secretary Rev. Dr. D. Ratnakara Sadananda, CSI Honorary Treasurer Adv. C. Robert Bruce and CSI Women’s Fellowship President Mrs. Dr. Susan Thomas along with CSI Synod Directors participated in the mission council. All the delegates were warmly welcomed by the CSI leadership by giving a shawl and a memento. Respective Church heads or representatives greeted the council wishing it success. Mr. Cha Ju Wook, Deputy Moderator of PCK greeted the council. The mission council started on 20th morning with worship service led by Rev. Solomon Paul, Director for CSI Youth Department and ministry of the word by Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, Director for CSI Communications and Dalit & Adivasi Departments. There was a total of six presentations followed by discussions in the council. The keynote address was delivered by the CSI General Secretary Rev. Dr. D. R. Sadananda. He explained that the mission council in cession was fourth one in the series. The purpose of starting Indo-Korean Mission Council was with a vision to form regional council, a global South – South partnership, to equip the Asian Churches to face Asian realities in solidarity; metaphorically a journey towards Galilee, says Dr. Sadananda. The PCK General Secretary Rev. Chang -bae Byun had affirmed the need to head towards forming regional council which ought to be sharpened by social awareness, solidarity with the marginalised, reshape traditional understanding of unity and harmony and raise future leadership of transformative ecumenism. The Rev. Dr. Sungkook Park, Executive Secretary, Partnership and Ecumenical Relationships office for PROK, had reflected upon the Asian realities calling the Churches to engage critically with the Asian realities. Rev. Solomon Benjamin, EMS Liaison Secretary for East Asia/ India, presented initiatives in forming South – South fellowship and also regional councils by the EMS. The CNI General Secretary Mr. Alwin Masih presented ministries of CNI high lighting overwhelming ministerial challenges in India. The Senior Administrative Secretary of PCI Rev. Lyttan had presented a Historical note about the PCI and its administrative structure that facilitates the ministries. Second day worship service was led by Rev. Maxcin John, Director for the CSI Department of Mission and Evangelism and ministry of the word was done by Rev. James Cecil Victor, Director for the CSI Department of Pastoral Concerns. The mission council meeting was concluded with vote of thanks by the CSI General Secretary, prayer by the CSI Deputy Moderator and benediction by the CSI Moderator. The Indo-Korean Mission Council had stimulated serious thinking to consolidate the vision of forming regional council and strengthen South – South Fellowship. The delegates left for field visitation on the last day of the council. The mission council was co-ordinated by Rev. Dr. Praveen P.S. Perumalla, CSI-EMS Liaison Officer, Chennai.
Rev. Dr. Praveen P.S. Perumalla,
CSI-EMS Liaison Officer,