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
The Departments of the Church of South India Synod adopted a novel way to present the triennial reports during the 36th session of the CSI Synod, which was held at the Bishop Heber College in Trichy from 11th to 14th January 2020. The Departments presented full- length videos of their work during 2017- 2020 along with the full-colour book contains the printed form of the reports.
The report of the Communication Department in the text form, pdf form and video format are seen here.
CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA
THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS
TRIENNIAL REPORT FOR THE SYNOD COUNCIL JANUARY 2020
The Communication Department of the Church of South India Synod (CSI) works with a vision to help the CSI Synod to communicate the image of the Church, her mission, life and witness using effective means of communication and also to equip the congregations to communicate God's message and love relevant to our times. The Department has aims and objectives to facilitate communication centres/cells in all the dioceses, share resources and expertise, to help the CSI Synod in the documentation of events, projects and programmes and provide communication assistance to the CSI Synod in the publication of magazines, bulletins, diaries and calendars, to organize programmes sensitizing the community on social issues using latest and relevant media, to establish and facilitate media relations with the secular media, and to provide support to the creative persons of the CSI and thus strengthen the human resources of the Church. In order to achieve this goal the department organises Seminars/conferences on information and communication technology, developmental communication, traditional and alternative communication, courses on communication for clergy and the laity for the effective proclamation of Gospel, workshops/seminars for lyricists, musicians, artists, writers, photographers, theatre artists, and cartoonists, and Summer music courses in the Synod level and short music courses in the local levels.
The Department is vested with the responsibility of making and providing video documentaries on various issues pertaining to projects, development activities and life of the church. The official Magazine of the CSI, ‘CSI Life’, is designed and prepared for publishing by the department.
The Department operates the websites of the CSI Synod, www.csi1947.com and www.csisynod.com
The Department is happy to present the report for the triennium 2017- 2020, mainly because the special efforts taken with the support of the officers of the synod to cope with the changing times being in tune with the technological developments in the field of communication technologies. In the triennium, the focus was specifically on probing the rich treasure of creative human resources the church has and strengthening them by giving the needed training and spaces to perform.
One Church; One Web
One of the most ambitious projects of the Communication Department of the Church of South India (CSI), ‘One Church; One Web’, which brings the activities, projects, news and information of both the CSI Synod Secretariat and the 24 dioceses under one webspace, the new website www.csi1947.com, was launched in the public meeting in connection with the Seventieth Year Celebration of the formation of CSI held on 27th September 2017 in Chennai. Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, the Moderator of the Church of South India, switched on the new website during the ceremony and Rev. Dr Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda explained the concept behind the website.
“Brush, Paint and Canvas: Harmony of Justice and Peace” CSI 70th Year Art Camp
Sixty artists and sculptors from the five different states of South India who belong to the Church of South India gathered in the CSI Synod Centre to do a wide variety of painting and sculptors to commemorate the seven decades of the CSI. The ‘CSI 70 Years Arts Camp’ organised by the Synod Communication Department titled “Brush, Paint and Canvas: Harmony of Justice and Peace”, was inaugurated by Rev. Dr. Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda in a function chaired by Rt. Rev. A. C. Solomon Raj, the Chairperson of the Communication Department and the Bishop in Medak. The inaugural worship was led by Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, The Director of the Department. Rev Maxcin John led the meditation, who began his words by asking a pertinent question about art and its relation to Almighty God. ‘What is art' was the initial query echoed during the meditation discussion. The sermon brought out the wonderful idea of the relation between art and God. He portrayed God as a great artist who created the universe from chaos, beautiful world from nothingness and finally he exhorted that the purpose of an artist is to take part in God's creative endeavour.
In the inaugural function, Rt. Rev. A. C. Solomon Raj made a remarkable note on the importance of communication. He also stressed upon the need to celebrate the historical moment in CSI life by unleashing creativity and identifying creative spirit through art, which is an important resource for communication.
The inaugural address was delivered by Rev. Dr Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, who reiterated the concept of God as the great artist. As his address set the pretext for the camp, he stressed upon the different social and cultural aspects of art. He related art with six social functions, to begin with, he said that art is a medium of imagination where an artist has the liberty to imagine and create artefacts from nothingness. Moreover, he attempted to establish the biblical truth behind creation. The second function that he reiterated was the relationship between art and communication, where he provided examples of how art could convey messages and taking its role in communication. The third concept revolved around the idea of art as the tool for expression, where one unleashes his imaginative power that eventually transforms society. This was followed by the next concept of art as protest, where he focused on the necessity of art that stand against exploitation and marginalisation. One could also consider art for liberation by identifying the liberating potential art often provides. The concluding idea was art as a resource for affection. The speech was followed by felicitations by Rev. James Cecil Victor, Rev Solomon Paul and Rev. Maxcin John.
The camp was held from 22nd to 25th of July 2017. The artists and sculptors are creatively engaged in responding to social issues with the perspective of Christian spirituality.
The paintings from the art camp had been used as book covers, CSI Synod calendar designs and the cover designs of the CSI Life magazines. The paintings will be published as a coffee table book.
‘Powerful Palettes: Harmony of Justice and Peace”
CSI Synod Art Camp of South Indian Artists inaugurated by Minon, the National Award-Winning Actor
Seventy acclaimed artists and sculptors from the five southern states of India came together under one roof for four days at the Church of South India (CSI) Synod Centre in Royapettah to paint and sculpt under the theme ‘Powerful Palettes: Harmony of Justice and Peace” with a specific focus on the Dalit and Adivasi concerns. Master Minon, the National Film Award winner of best actor in 2012 who himself is an artist, inaugurated the four- day art camp on 15th July 2019 morning at 10 am. The Art Camp has been organised by the Communication Department of the Church of South India aiming at promoting justice concerns and communal harmony, with a specific focus on denouncing caste-based discriminations. Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, the Director of the Department, informed that the artists were given the freedom to express their perspectives through their artworks because the brushes, paints, and palettes are powerful tools of social transformation. Rt. Rev. A. C. Solomon Raj, the Chairperson of the Department, presided over the inaugural function. The artists include many of the trained artists from the reputed institutions such as Hyderabad Central Varsity, Fine Arts College, Trivandrum, and College of Fine Arts, Chennai. Mr Vinu Vadakkedathu, who caught the attention of the connoisseurs in the Kochi- Muzirus Biennale with his large sculptures, also attends the Art Camp.
A seminar has been organised along with the Art Camp, which will critically evaluate Indian art from different perspectives such as art and Indian politics, subalterns in India and Indian art, Art and theology, Indian art and literature, male gaze in Indian art, and art as a tool for social change. Ms Shobana P. Mathews (Professor, Christ College, Bangalore), Dr Sajin P. J. (Art Critique, Documentary Film Director, Kerala), Rev. Sam Mathew (Communications expert/artists, Kerala), Dr Gladston Jathanna (Mangalore), and Rev. Paul Karunakar Nalla (Warangal) presented papers in the seminar.
The Art Camp was led by the Synod officers, Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen; Moderator, Rt. Rev. V. Prasada Rao; Deputy Moderator, Rev. Dr Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda; the General Secretary, and Adv. Robert Bruce; the Treasurer.
The Church of South India (CSI) Synod Art Camp, which witnessed around seventy artists from the five states of South India and more than ninety paintings they have done during the camp, came to a close on 18th July 2019 at the CSI Synod Centre in Chennai. Rev. Dr Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, the General Secretary of the Church of South India Synod gave the concluding speech and distributed the participation certificates for the artists.
The Paintings from these art camps were featured as the cover designs of Books and CSI Life Magazine and in the CSI Calendars. The paintings from both camps will be published into two Coffee Table Books.
Two of the artists from these camps were invited by CWM to attend an international art camp held in Taiwan.
The Selfie Spot of Church of South India Synod Awaits you!
When you visit the CSI Synod Centre in Chennai next time, the Synod Selfie Spot will welcome you!
This attractive wall is the creation of the young artists who attended the CSI Synod Art Camp 2019 organized by the Communication Department. We are sure that you will agree with the fact that they have done commendable work!
The graffiti on the wall speaks about different campaigns and concerns the Church of South India has been engaged with such as girl children's safety, the rights of Dalit Christians, Adivasis, seafarers, Gender equality, missional congregations, Youth Against Addiction and Abuse (YaAA), disability interventions, pastoral concerns, communication for social justice etc.
So, when you will here next time, your social media accounts will be vibrant with this selfie spot!
EMS International Communication Network Meeting Held in CSI Synod
It is important to know the human interest stories from different parts of the world, share the concerns related to justice and equality and have a common platform for sharing the news and ideas among the member churches of the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS, Stuttgart, Germany), felt the Communication leaders of the member churches who had an international meeting in the CSI Synod Centre in Chennai hosted by the Church of South India Synod. The conference, led by Ms Regina Karasch-Böttcher, the Secretary/Head of Corporate Unit Press and Public Relations of EMS. While inaugurating the conference, Rev. Dr Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, The General Secretary of the Church of South India, suggested that by the process of Christian Communication one is expressing, exposing and exegeting the truth. He expressed his hope that the conference will be eventually helping the member churches to speak the truth loudly and stand for the truth firmly.
The conference went underway on the 3rd of March and had its conclusion on the 7th of March 2018. The delegates from the Member Churches, Mr Thomas Lohnes (EMS, Germany), Ms Nadine Angel Cloete and Ms Janine Thyssen (Moravian Church, South Africa), Rev. Hyon Mo Pyo (Presbyterian Church in Korea), Rev. George Ezekiel Larbi (Presbyterian Church in Ghana), Ms Mega Kamase Sambo (Pastor in Toraja Church in Indonesia), and Rev. Sunil Raj Philip (CSI), had a meaningful and fruitful time of discussion and deliberations and eventually made a pattern of working more closely and effectively. As part of the conference, the team visited CSI Special Children’s Home at Puthuir and Anbagam CSI Home for Aged in Adyar under the auspices of the Madras Diocese of the Church of South India.
Photography Workshop for of CSI Synod Led by Thomas Lohnes
As part of the capacity building process, a photography workshop was organised for the photographers of the Church of South India across the 24 dioceses by the Communication Department of the Church of South India Synod. Thomas Lohnes, an internationally acclaimed photographer, led the workshop. Twenty- five photographers from the five states of South India along with a group of select staff from the CSI Synod Secretariat attended the workshop. The workshop was inaugurated by Ms Regina Karasch, the Secretary/Head of Corporate Unit Press and Public Relations of the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS, Stuttgart, Germany), inaugurated the workshop, which was held at the CSI Synod Centre in Chennai on the 4th and 5th of March 2018. Rev. Dr Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, The General Secretary of the Church of South India, addressed the photographers and encouraged them to be the voice of the voiceless through their photos because "a picture is worth a thousand word". Rev. Sunil Raj Philip welcomed the photographers and expressed the gratitude of the CSI Synod to Mr Thomas Lohnes and Ms. Regina Karasch for the great support they extended to make the workshop materialized.
The participants of the workshop unanimously agreed upon the fact that it was a time of great learning and realizing that 'photography is not merely a profession, but is a way of living'.
“The Mighty Keyboard” Synod Level Missional Workshop for the Writers in the 21st Century
A synod level workshop for the young writers' in the Church of South India Synod (CSI) was organised at the CSI Retreat Centre in Kozhikode (Calicut) in Kerala under the auspicious of the Malabar Diocese. The Workshop was inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Royce Manoj Victor, the Bishop in the Malabar Diocese. Ms Shahina K., an eminent writer in Malayalam and a film director and critique, gave the keynote address. Rev. Shibin Varghese spoke on the theme "Writers in the 21st Century: A Theological Quest". Prof. Reeba Sara Koshy (Dept. of Communication, Devagiri College, Calicut) took a class on "Disruptive language: Zeitgeist of social media". Rev. Joseph Samuel spoke on "Is writing suicidal in India?". Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, the Director of the Communication Department of the CSI Synod, led a workshop on Poster Designing.
Rev. Joe Varghese Malayil gave leadership in the local arrangements of the programme. Mr Desmond Babu, the Treasurer of the Malabar Diocese, gave the felicitation speech in the inaugural session.
The Workshop continued on the second day at the Malabar Christian College and the English Department Faculty under the leadership of Dr Premanand, the Head of the Department, takes the classes on the second day at the Audio Visual Centre in the Malabar Christian College in Calicut. The sessions at the Malabar Christian College were inaugurated by Dr Godwin Samraj (Principal, Malabar Christian College). Mr Jayapal Samuel (Manager, Malabar Christian College) and Rev. T. I. James (Corporate Manager for Schools, CSI Malabar Diocese) also spoke in the occasion.
In the forenoon, Dr Premanand (English Dept., Malabar Christian College) led the session on "Writing Across the Boundaries: The Message and the Medium". Prof. Subin Varghese (English Dept., Malabar Christian College) conducted an interactive session on "Proclaiming the Message using Social Media- Use of Twitter, Facebook & WhatsApp".
Prof. Saigeetha and Dr Premanand led the practical session on "The Digital Inner Voice - Using Podcasts to spread the Message". As the final session, Prof. Subin Varghese and Dr Premanand M E helped the participants in "Preparing an Infographic".
The participants were taken to the Archives of the college, which is a treasure of documents on the work and witness of the missionaries of Basel Mission. The participants got some awareness on how the work of the missionaries influenced the progress of the Northern Parts of Kerala and the Southern Parts of Karnataka especially in the field of education and healthcare. Education was given to all irrespective of caste and creed. The intervention of the missionaries in the field of literature and the positive results of those interventions were enlightening information for the participants.
The participants had an outing to the Calicut beach in the late evening.
The final day of the workshop started off with the morning worship service. The participants of the workshop spend one hour on creative writing. They wrote Christmas Carols, which have relevance in the 21st century.
Ms Maleeha Raghaviah (renowned Journalist, former Senior Editor of the Hindu) took the class on "Writing, Editing, Layout". Dr Jaiprakash Raghaviah (Journalist) led a session on "Book Writing".
In the concluding meeting, Mrs Bindu Royce Victor, the President of the CSI Malabar Diocesan Women's Fellowship greeted the participants. She distributed the certificate of participation to the participants.
CSI Synod Writers Workshop: ‘The Mighty Keyboard’ Second Phase
The second phase of the Writers’ Workshop titled ‘The Mighty Keyboard’, which has been organized by the Communication Department of the Church of South India was inaugurated at the CSI Synod Centre in Chennai on the 7th June 2019. Rev. Dr John Samuel Ponnusamy, the Principal of the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College in Chennai who is an eminent Old Testament Scholar delivered the keynote address.
Rev. Shibin Varghese, a research scholar, spoke on “To Fetter or Free? Exploring Biblical Writing”. Prof. J. E. Kunnath (Dept. of English, CMS College, Kottayam, Kerala) took the class on the writing on Social Media under the title “The Cyber Scribes”. The last session on the day was by Mr Steve Kunnath on Writing for the Stage and the session was titled “As You Write It”.
The second day started with a presentation titled “When God Hugs as a Mother: Feminist Theology and Indian Writings” by Dr Vedha Kani. This session was followed by a class by Rev. Gladson Jathanna (Professor, Gurukul Lutheran Theological College, Chennai) on “The Reciprocity of Indian Christian Writings and the Indian Secular Writings: A Critical Appraisal”. Rev. Joseph Samuel (Research Scholar, The United Theological College, Bangalore) spoke on “Writing in Such a Time as This”.
Mr Manoj Ebenezer, a freelance researcher and historian, explained the rich treasure of the missionary documents in his speech titled “Digging the Gold Mines: Archival materials and contemporary writings”
The final day, which was a Sunday, started off with the Holy Communion Worship led by Rev. Sunil Raj Philip. Mr Sherry Roy (Associate Director, Film Industry, Hyderabad) took a practical session on “Kollywood, Mollywood, Tollywood, Sandalwood: Writing for the Screen”. The final session was by Prof. Sayujya Sankar (Stella Maris College, Chennai) on “Voices from the Margins: Identity Politics in Indian Writings”
There were sixty potential writers from the 24 dioceses of the CSI, who are from all the five southern states of South India.
This workshop was organised on a concept that being an Indian church, the communication tools, forms and practices of the Church of South India aim at a radical, indigenous, and identifying with the marginalized, fine-tuned with the changing times, and making more bridges and harmony that will form missional congregations. When the Church of South India uses her communication tools and activities, she is not only touching the lives of her congregation members, who form a massive 4.5 million people but also to the social matrix of five southern states of India as well as Jaffna in Sri Lanka.
'The Mighty Keyboard': Communication Workshop for the Pastors of CSI Madurai Ramnadu Diocese
A workshop for the pastors of the Church of South India (CSI) Diocese of Madurai Ramnadu has been organised on 'Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and its effective use in the church and the ministry. This workshop was jointly organized by the CSI Synod Communication department and the Department of Communications of the Madurai Ramnadu Diocese at the American College, Binghamton Hall, in Madurai. Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, the Director of the Department of Communications of the CSI Synod, led three components of the topic: Information and Communication Technology, the Layout and designing of pamphlets, booklets, etc., and the tips for making effective PowerPoint presentations. Rev. Joe Daniel, The Director of the Communication Department of the Madurai Ramnadu Diocese, gave effective leadership in organising the Workshop.
Earlier in the inaugural session, Rt. Rev. Dr M. Joseph, the Bishop in the Diocese, released the official WhatsApp group of the pastors of the Diocese, which aims and seamless and faster communication. Mrs Dr Leela Manohari Joseph, the Vice-President of the CSI Synod Women's Fellowship, and the officers of the Diocese- Rev. Dr A. Yakkobu; the Deputy Chairman, Rev. A. David Jebaraj: Clergy Secretary, Adv. Fernandes Rathinaraja; Lay Secretary and Mr Edwin Chelliah; Registrar, participated and Grace the Workshop.
Communication Workshop for the CSI Presbyters Held in Thoothukudi
A Communication Workshop has been organised by the Department of Communications of the Church of South India (CSI) Synod at Thoothukudi for the Presbyters of the Thoothukudi Nazareth Diocese of the CSI on the 23rd November 2019. Rt. Rev. S. E. C. Devasahayam, the Bishop in the Diocese, inaugurated the workshop. Rev. Sunil Raj Philip took interactive classes on ‘need for effective communication in pastoral ministry’ and a practical session on ‘how to make effective PowerPoint presentations’.
Communication Workshop for the Theologically Trained Catechists Held in Thoothukudi
A Communication Workshop has been organised by the Department of Communications of the Church of South India (CSI) Synod at Thoothukudi for the theologically trained catechists of the Thoothukudi Nazareth Diocese of the CSI on the 22nd November 2019. Rt. Rev. S. E. C. Devasahayam, the Bishop in the Diocese, inaugurated the workshop. Rev. Sunil Raj Philip took interactive classes on ‘the relevance of communication in ministry in the 21st century’ and a practical session on ‘how to make effective PowerPoint presentations’.
Writers’ Workshop Held at Madhya Kerala Diocese
A writers’ workshop named ‘Sahithi 2019’ was held at the CSI Eco- spirituality centre in Othara, in Kerala under the auspices of the Madhya Kerala Diocese with the help of the Communication Department of the Church of South India. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr Babu Cherian, the former Head of the Malayalam Department of the CMS College in Kottayam and a Researcher in the field of missionary history. The inaugural programme was chaired by Rev. Nelson Chacko, the Secretary of the Literature Board of the CSI Madhya Kerala Diocese. Rev. John Isaac (Clergy Secretary, Madhya Kerala Diocese), Rev. Sabu K. Cherian (District Chairman, Madhya Kerala Diocese), Mr SRD Solomon, Mr Shibu Joy (coordinators of the programme), Mrs Shalu Jomon, Mrs Asha Binu (Joint Conveners of the programme), and Mr Philip Varghese led the inaugural function. Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, the Director of the Communication Department of the CSI Synod, explained the concept of the workshop.
Eminent Novelists from Kerala Mr Benyamin, Mr S. Hareesh, poet Mr Renukumar, poetess Ms Muse Mary, short story writer Mr Francis Norona, and writer-director Aju K. Narayanan led classes on various topics.
Church Music Workshop for Vocalists, Choir conductors and Pianists, at Chennai
Aiming at the formation of a Synod Choir and helping the musicians to fine-tune their talents, a Church Music Workshop was organised by the Department of Communications and the Department of Youth of the Church of South India (CSI) Synod in two phases. The second phase was held at the CSI Synod Centre in Chennai from 6th to 10th of August 2019.
This workshop, which was organised to help young musicians and vocalists to attain a greater level of clarity and proficiency in music to be trained in the nuances of modern church music especially voice training and helping them to form as a Choir, was attended by around 40 select musicians from various dioceses of the CSI.
Rev. Dr Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, the General Secretary of the CSI, inaugurated the workshop in Chennai. He suggested that the interaction between the Indian musicians and the western musicians will be an occasion of mutual learning and mutual respect. He expressed his hope that the musicians from the dioceses of CSI will definitely be benefitted from the five- day workshop.
Rev. Dieter, in-charge of Basel Mission German Branch was also present to share his greetings and participated throughout the music workshop with the young people of CSI. Every morning he led a brief bible study, which helped the participants to have a better biblical understanding of church music.
Mrs Hannah Schussler, church music expert from Germany was the main resource person who facilitated this workshop and training the musicians in vocals, choir conducting and technical insights on piano.
The second day started with vocal and physical warm-ups through the first session of each day and explained the importance and use of the same. This was followed by the singing of canons to start with and slowly teaching how harmony should be achieved. The delegates learnt the role of the conductor and how one should follow the instructions. As part of this, Mrs Hannah also taught the art of choir conducting to all the delegates while paying special attention to the choir conductors (present and aspiring). This was very necessary and insightful for the delegates. The choir conductors present in the delegation were also given in-depth training into the movements, positioning and attitude while conducting and following this, they were given a chance to conduct the delegates for a song of their choice. With every day, the delegates learnt to follow the conducting of Mrs Hannah and the conductors improved their techniques. Mrs Hannah had brought along and distributed the music scores for some beautiful songs which were practised and sung by the choir. The end result of the practice and singing was beautiful, to say the least, and the delegates enjoyed themselves while singing in harmony.
During the workshop, the participants had the opportunity to visit St. George’s Cathedral for two evenings where they were able to perform with the piano and the pipe organ as accompaniment.
On a penultimate day, the participants of the workshop organised a cultural night with full of singing and even a couple of skits.
On the final day, the delegates and Mrs Hannah performed all the pieces which they had practised to the delight of everyone. Rev. Dr Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda gave the concluding remarks and requested Ms Hanna to distribute the certificates to the participants. This workshop was a revelation to the church about what can be achieved when young people are brought together from various places to sing to the glory of God. This was a time of learning, not only singing and choir conducting but also the means of communicating with God and people through music.
Mobile App for the CSI Book of Common Worship Released
The Mobile/Tab App for the Church of South India (CSI) Book of Common Worship prepared by the Communication Department of the CSI Synod with the help of Pastoral Concerns Department was officially released on the 27th September 2019 by Rev. Dr Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, the General Secretary of CSI, during the Dalit and Adivasi Cultural Festival organised by the Dalit- Adivasi Concerns Department of the Synod.
You can download this from Play Store and will be available in the App Store soon.
The worship orders in the regional languages (Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil & Telugu) will be added to the App in due course of time.
Please do spread this news with others and write a review in the Play Store.
CSI Synod Communication Department Organised Photography Competition
The Communication Department of the Church of South India (CSI) Synod announced a photography competition with awards to the best entries. It was open for any of the CSI Members. The first 12 entries were featured in the 2019 calendar of the CSI Synod and the next 12 appear as the Cover Photo of The CSI Life magazine, which has been published both as hard copies and soft copies and has a wide reach across the world.
Communication Department Helped in Coordinating Flood Relief
During the devastating floods in Kerala and Karnataka in 2018, the Dept. coordinated the photographers and reporters from various places and shared the news and with the partner churches and agencies, which helped the relief work. Photographers who were part of the photography workshop organised by the communication department helped to get original good quality photos of the flood, and channelized through the Communication department and eventually were published in the websites of the international agencies.
Calendar, Diary, Designing of Book Covers, Banners, Badges, Brochures, Standees and Making of Videos
The Department of Communication organises, designs and brings out the Diary and Calendar of the Church of South India Synod. In the last triennium, the department initiated to bring out the diary with multicolour cover and this was the first time in the history of CSI. Paintings from the art camp were used in the two years of the calendars, the first time in the history, all the cathedrals of CSI were featured in the calendar and in one-year photographs from the photography competition were used. The department helped other departments in making book covers, banners, badges and brochures etc. The department is helping to make videos too.
Under the leadership of the officers of the Synod, especially the General Secretary who is techno-savvy, the department has seen a great leap in the area of infrastructure development. The department now has high-resolution cameras, professional video cameras, high-end computers and original software such as Corel Draw (designing) and Adobe Premiere Pro (Video editing). The department took the lead to purchase LCD projectors to all the three auditoriums and the board room, a new Yamaha Keyboard, and a rhythm pad.
International Communication Networks
The Director of CSI Synod Communication is part of the International Communication Networks of EMS and CWM. He has taken part in the meetings of the network of EMS held in South Africa and Chennai and Singapore meeting by CWM. He has joined CWM for a month as a working intern and attended the General Assembly of EMS at Neustadt as part of the Communication team. The CSI hosted the Communication Network meeting from 3rd to 7th March 2018.
The International Meetings the Director of Communications Attended
The General Council Meeting of WCRC in Leipzig, Germany
The General Council of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) began on the 29th of June 2017 at Leipzig, Germany and went on with the presentations from the famous theologians like Jurgen Moltmann, deliberations, and major business sessions till 7th of July. World Communion of Reformed Churches has more than 220 member churches and the General Assembly was attended by more than a thousand people from across the world.
Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, the Director of the Communication Department was invited to attend the General Council as part of the Communication Team. The reports and photos by the director appeared on the website of WCRC.
Communication Network Meeting of CWM, Singapore
The Council for World Mission (CWM) organised a Communication Network Meeting in Singapore from 27th to 31st of August 2017 in which the Director of the CSI Synod Communications attended. The Director thanked the Council for World Mission for the support the CSI received in organising various workshops for communication such as Photography Workshop, Writers’ Workshop, Art Camp etc.
Exposure Visit to the Protestant Church in Baden, Germany
Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, the Director of the Communication Department, was invited to have an exposure visit of three days with the Communication Department of the Synod Centre of the Protestant Church in Baden from 27th to 29th November 2018. This visit to the Church, who will host the World Council of Churches Assembly in 2021, is a possible initiative for a further strengthening of the relationship between the Communication Departments of both the CSI and EKIBA (Evangelische Landeskirche in Baden- Protestant Church in Baden).
General Assembly of EMS at Neustadt, Germany
The General Assembly of the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS) was held at Neustadt from 6th to 9th December 2018 as part of the Communication team. The General Meeting of the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS), which is a major mission partner of the Church of South India (CSI) was attended by Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, the Moderator of CSI, Rev. Dr. Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, the General Secretary, and Dr. Susan Thomas, the President of the CSI Women's Fellowship representing CSI. The General Meeting was attended by the delegates from the member churches of EMS from 24 countries from various continents.
Visits to the Middle East Countries
Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, the Director of Communications of CSI visited the CSI Malayalam Congregation in Abu Dabhi for delivering the Passion week sermons in 2017, Bahrain in 2018 and Dubai in 2019. These visits were utilised by the Director to spread awareness among the diaspora CSI communities about the communication processes of the Church of South India.
All praises to God the provider for the last triennium in which the Communication Department became more active. I should not be showing restricting my words and should be profusely thanking and appreciating Rev. Dr Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda for his vision supported by his techno-savvy attitude and the support he had given to the department to venture new areas. Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, the Moderator of the Church of South India, Rt. Rev. Dr Vadadapalli Prasada Rao, the Deputy Moderator, Adv. Robert Bruce, the Hon. Treasurer, and Rt. Rev. A. C. Solomon, the Chairperson of the Department contributed to the growth of the Department with their experiential wisdom and support. I would like to record my gratitude to them.
I would like to express my gratitude to the Bishops of the Dioceses of the CSI who always have shown their interest in the activities of the Communication Department and extended their support. The officers of all the dioceses should be mentioned here for the support they extended, especially in organising programmes in the regional and diocesan levels.
The staff of the Department, Mr John Bharati, Mr Joshua Rajkumar, Mr Elavazhagan, and Mr Simson, should be specially mentioned for their creative support. Mr Eby Mathews from the Malabar Diocese rendered special support towards the end of the triennium to the Department.
Thank you very much!
Let us together continue to spread the good news!
Rev. Sunil Raj Philip,
Department of Communication,
Church of South India Synod.