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Dr Manoj Kurian from the World Council of Churches Speaks on “Congregation-based Advocacy” in the Triennial Pastors Conference of the Church of South India Pastoral Concerns

Dr Manoj Kurian, Coordinator, World Council of Churches spoke on the topic “Congregation-based Advocacy” in the common session moderated by Rt. Rev. Dr Royce Manoj Victor in the Triennial Pastors Conference organized by the pastoral Concerns Department of the Church of South India (CSI) in Kanyakumari during 5- 7 November 2019. Dr Manoj explicated about the term ‘advocacy’ where it means that ‘Transforming the church from injustice to justice’. He said that ‘the Bible’ is very serious about serving justice to the unjust that took place and that it is to make things right from wrong. He questioned the gathering that “Are all entitled to a dignified life?” (Romans 8: 31-39) and said that everyone is entitled to a dignified life because everyone is a symbol of God’s creation and nothing can come in between God’s love for his people. He illustrated and explicated about Moses, Ester, Elijah, Nehemiah and Lord Jesus Christ as examples of “advocacy”. He concluded saying that more than a thousand movements should come up to do advocacy for the people and not against them because strategic connecting to movements of freedom of advocacy would bring about an equatorial world. The Rapporteur Rev. Vincent Vinod Kumar gave his feedback about the presentation and Rev Immanuel Govind raised doubts about Caste, Religion, Power Politics and Prosperity Theology, Dr. Manoj Kurian clarified him stating that religion has been abused and used just like the knife and rope which is used for positive and negative aspects and said that eschatological thinking is the other main concern for arising problems.

Reported by the CSI Pastoral Concerns Dept. Team