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 workshope 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'.
Rev. Sunil Raj Philip,
CSI Synod Communications.