The Seventieth Year Celebrations of the Women’s Fellowship of the Church of South India (CSI) has a grand beginning at the Bishop’s Cotton Girls’ School in Bengaluru on 27th of September 2018. The formation of the CSI Women’s Fellowship (CSI WF) coincides with the formation of the Church of South India, which is the biggest united and uniting church in India, which took place exactly one year ahead of the formation of the CSI WF on 27th September 1947.
The celebrations got underway with a rally in which hundreds of women, including the 600 women delegates who attend this historic event. Dr. Susan Thomas, the President of the Women’s Fellowship, threw light to the history of the evolving, beginning and growth of the CSI WF as an important, influential, and both in the size in terms of the membership across the South India and even other parts of the world and in terms of the social activities in her Presidential Address. Dr. Brineila DeSouza, professor in TATA Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, pointed out how the new economic policies in India and other socio- political scenarios adversely affect the vulnerable and how the Christian Women’s groups can combat the situation.
Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, Rev. Dr. Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, Rt. Rev. Vadapalli Prasada Rao, Rt. Rev. Prasana Kumar Samuel, Rev. Cynthia Sobha Rani (General Secretary, CSI WF), Mrs. Leela Manohari Joseph (Vice President, CSI WF), Mrs. Jessie Shiri (Treasurer, CSI WF), Mrs. Esther Prasana (President, CSI WF of the Karnataka Central Diocese), Mrs. Nirmala Vasanth Kumar (former President, CSI WF), and Ms. Gabriele Mayer (EMS, Germany) spoke in the inaugural function.
The graduation ceremony of the Divyabodhini (The Bible and Theological Course for women) was held during the meeting. Certificates for the Family Counselling Course were also distributed. The cultural evening followed by the inaugural function was filled with enthralling performances by groups from both the urban and rural areas of South India.
The celebrations will continue tomorrow with the Holy Communion Service at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Bengaluru.