BENGALURU : Dr H Kumaraswamy, former Karnataka Chief Minister and JD(S) President, held a marathon meeting with leaders of various Christian denominations in Bengaluru last week.
The session titled “Convergence 2012” was held at the initiative of Dr Abraham Ruby, CEO of 6th Sense Resources Pvt Ltd.
Bishops, pastors, social activists, politicians, counselors, lay-leaders, doctors, theologians, directors, professors, administrators, educationists, social workers, religious teachers came on a common platform and discussed the issues threadbare.
The day-long convergence meeting was a brain-storming session which held a pre-poll analysis and on the prospects for JD(S) in the state Assembly elections later this year.
Over 100 Christian denomination leaders attended the conference. Well known speakers and leaders of various Christian denominations from Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Catholic Church, Protestant, Indian Pentecostal church, Assemblies of God, CSI and various Christian think tanks like SIACS, BSI, ISI, also spoke.
Fr Thomas Varughese represented the Orthodox community at “Convergence 2012”.
Rev T D Thomas of Indian Pentecostal Church (IPC), Rev Vasanth W Renick from Bible Society of India, and Prem James were the guests.
Addressing the gathering, Dr Kumaraswamy assured the various Christian leaders that their churches and missions would be protected under JDS rule and cited numerous communal issues that occurred during the Congress and the present rule under BJP.
Dr Ruby in his speech praised Dr Kumaraswamy for his initiatives in bringing together all the Christian groups under a roof and said for the first time a political party had connected with the Christian community to know and discuss their problems.
He also thanked all those who made it to the meeting and said they were planning to host such convergence meetings in every district of Karnataka.
It was also decided that 6th Sense will be officially training JDS workers to face their next elections in Karnataka.
It may be recalled that in July under Dr Ruby’s initiative a meeting with Dr Kumaraswamy and Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan, Bengaluru Diocese was held. The former chief minister had promised all help to the Christian community through the Karnataka Minority Development Corporation and assured to safeguard the aspirations of Christian religious minorities in Karnataka.
Dr Kumaraswamy was presented with a Holy Bible by Dr Vasanth W Renick. William Paul from Interdev coordinated the programme while Prem James delivered the vote of thanks.
Dr Abraham Ruby, CEO of 6th Sense Resources Pvt Ltd, is an active member of the St Mary’s Orthodox Valliyapally, Jalahalli, Bengaluru. Dr Ruby can be contacted on +91-9448306995. Email: [email protected]