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Evangelization And Social Justice Belong Together, Says WCC Representative

Evangelization And Social Justice Belong Together, Says WCC Representative The need to keep together evangelism and the quest for social justice was highlighted by a representative of an ecumenical mission body speaking at an international church conference in Edinburgh on 3 June. Bishop Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, from India, voiced a “growing concern that the prophetic voice [of the church]

“Hope And Humility” Shape Approaches To Contemporary Mission

“Hope And Humility” Shape Approaches To Contemporary Mission “The priority in Christian mission is to witness to the love of Jesus Christ for all the world,” Prof. Dana L. Robert of Boston University told a Friday press briefing at the Edinburgh 2010 Conference. “The mystery of salvation is not ours to know,” she added, yet Christians feel compelled

Dana Robert Calls For Common Witness To Christ Despite Divisions

Dana Robert Calls For Common Witness To Christ Despite Divisions “We must not allow difficult theological, socio-cultural and political issues, or disagreements over theologies of religion, to discourage us from sharing God’s love and salvation through Jesus Christ with all the world.” With these words, keynote speaker Dana L. Robert encouraged

Will There Be An “Indian Orthodox Church Of North America”?

Will There Be An “Indian Orthodox Church Of North America”? Until 1993 there were only five Oriental Orthodox Churches. On May 3rd, 1993 Eritrea became an independent state and broke it ties with Ethiopia. Eritrea was part of the Ethiopian Kingdom from 8th Century and went under different powers. Ethiopians, under Coptic patronage became non-Chalcedonians during the Christological controversies when

Are We Really An Indian Church?

Are We Really An Indian Church? When E. M. Philip wrote his church history he titled it as : “Apostles Thomas’ Indian Church” (1951). In his book he tried to establish the identity of the Indian church with its affinity and obligation to the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch. Today we affirm that Malankara Orthodox Syrian

The Family In Distress Would Be Helped

The Family In Distress Would Be Helped St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Adimali, Ernakulam District, Kerala was in the news! The Mangalam Daily reported a couple of days back on the funeral of a 60 year old individual, who committed suicide because he couldn’t afford treatment for his diabetes / kidney trouble. He left his family in deep

Catholicate Day Celebrations 2010 On March 21

Catholicate Day Celebrations 2010 On March 21 The Holy Malankara Orthodox Church celebrates the 36th day, the sixth Sunday, of the Holy great Lent as the day of the Holy Church (Sabha Dinam) with the affectionate name “Catholicate Day”. What is the significance of the day of the Holy Church? Now the Catholicate day celebrations are meant

Some Functional Perspectives On The Catholicate Day

Some Functional Perspectives On The Catholicate Day On the occasion of observance of Catholicate day, I consider it is beneficial to share some thoughts emanated from the heart. This is an assessment of a subservient layman rather than an authoritative article about this special day and I would like to address few distinctive reflections to be appraised

Women’s Reservation Bill And Its Implications

Women’s Reservation Bill And Its Implications After 14 years, the controversial yet historic Women’s Reservation Bill, ensuring 33% reservation for women in Parliament and state legislative bodies, was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, 9th February 2010. The Catholicose and Malankara Metropolitan Baselious Marthoma Didimos I, welcomed this bill and described the measure as “momentous

Isn’t it Strange!!!

Isn’t it Strange!!! Isn’t it strange how two hours seem so long when you’re at Church but same 2 hours seems so short when you’re watching a good movie. Isn’t it strange that you can’t find a word to say when you’re praying, but you have no trouble thinking of what to talk
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