Council for World Mission (CWM) has organized a South Asia Regional Assembly on 21-26 May 2018 in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, reflecting on the theme “Healing Relationships: Hope for a New Spirituality”. There were Nineteen participants from South Asia Member Churches of CWM, i.e., Church of South India(CSI), Church of North India(CNI), Presbyterian Church of India(PCI) and Church of Bangladesh(COB). The Rt.Rev.Dr.Royce Manoj Kumar Victor( Bishop in Malabar Diocese), Rev.Dr. Allan Samuel Palanna( Professor, UTC & Southern Karnataka Diocese), Mr. J. Andrews Christopher( Diocese of Thoothukudy -Nazareth) and Rev. Maxcin John( Synod Mission Director) have attended the Assembly as representation from CSI.
The deliberation of the regional assembly which included consultation, Bible studies and presentation were informed by the dehumanizing context of the Rohingya people living in makeshift camps such as Kutupalong in Cox’s Bazar. Assembly has resolved following things:
Having immersed ourselves in the context of the forced displacement and continued suffering of the millions of such ethnic minority people and going through other context analysis of South Asia:
1. We affirm that the churches are deeply committed to justly intervene in all levels to address the causes of forced migration and respond to dehumanization of all people irrespective of faith tradition.
2. We lament the suffering of the Rohingya people and express our solidarity as a family of CWM. We appeal to the member churches of CWM to actively join the solidarity initiatives.
3. We affirm the spirituality of partnership which nurtures us toward mutuality of sharing of resources and serving as prophets of our age.
4. We lament the continued denial of human rights of the most vulnerable people particularly those who are trafficked, engaged in forced labour, abused and exploited. We affirm and embrace all humanity as God’s image bearers and seek social transformation.
5. We encourage the churches to reaffirm the commitment to equip young people to be full contributors and participants in carrying out God’s mission.
6. Discerning the signs of the times mandates us to distinguish the context of empire with its values of the anti-Beatitudes. We affirm the values of the Beatitudes reflected in the prophetic Diakonia of God’s mission.
7. We affirm the presence of God and the spirituality of love in healing broken relationships.
8. We commit to continue hearing the voices of suffering people and creation by responding to the changing global and local landscapes.
CWM regional Assembly was the venue for listen and learn together as well as share and dedicate together the resources for the BETTER WORLD!
Director, Mission and Evangelism Department, CSI Synod.