Mission and Evangelism Department of CSI Synod has organized a Telugu Regional Missionary Conference at Epiphany CSI Cathedral, Dornakal on the 3rd and 4th July 2018. The Conference started with a Bible study on Luke 4: 18-19 led by Rev. K. James Cecil Victor (Director, Pastoral Aid Department, CSI Synod). “All Missionaries have to set their agenda in tune with Nazareth Manifesto, the Agenda of Jesus Christ”, Rev. James Cecil highlighted throughout the Bible Study.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Vadapally Prasada Rao, Deputy Moderator & Bishop in Dornakal, has inaugurated the Conference. “In a pluri-faith context, we need to uphold inclusivity and we should be the channels of Christ Communities that embrace all in love and compassion”, said the Deputy Moderator.
In an introductory address, Rev. Maxcin John, Synod Mission Director, outlined the main thrust and focus of the conference. “Our Focus is to spread and propagate the unconditional love and compassion of Christ through our deeds and words to all, and we are never ever for any religious fundamentalism or extremism. On the other hand, we should stand together for religious harmony, peace, justice and reconciliation in our living context”, Rev. Maxcin John emphasized.
Rev. Mrs. V.S. Sunanda Prasada Rao (W.F. President, Dornakal Diocese), Mr. K. J. Shubhakar (Treasurer, Dornakal Diocese) and Rev. B. D. P. Ravindra ( Diocesan Secretary, Dornakal) have conveyed their greetings and offered their wholehearted support for the Missional engagements of the Church of South India.
Following the inaugural ceremony, Rev. Victor Paul (UTC, Bangalore) delivered the keynote address on “Equipping Missionaries Towards Building Christ Communities: Biblical Perspective”. Bible is the primary source to equip missionaries in doing the mission and all missionary conferences are the venue for unlearning and relearn the Bible contextually, said Victor Paul.
Rev. Dn. Cynthia Sobha Rani (General Secretary, W.F., CSI) has shared her missional exposure experiences in the grassroots levels. She stated that more accompaniments and engagements are needed to empower the grassroots people for their sustainable livelihood, especially in the context of women empowerment.
In a session on “Equipping Missionaries Towards Building Christ Communities: Mission from the Margin”, Rev. P. Victor Paul emphasized for a need of paradigm shift from ‘Mission to the Margin towards Mission from the Margin’. Grassroot People are not the object of Mission, but the subject of the Mission, he precisely pointed out.
Rev. Shalu T. Mathew (Parkal Mission) has shared Missional Experiences in the context of Parkal Mission. In his sharing, Rev. Shalu T. Mathew thankfully commemorated the life and service of Bishop V. S. Azariah, a great Missionary who has rendered commendable service towards the Church in doing the mission. Bishop was a living example to others throughout his life in the missional engagements, Rev. Shalu added. Moreover, he highlighted that Parkal Mission is still serving as a centre for holistic transformation to all people in the community.
The Rt.Rev.Dr.E.Pushpalaitha, Bishop in Nandyal has conducted a session on “ Equipping Missionaries Towards Building Christ Communities: Congregational and Field Context”. Bishop stated that “church should be the midpoint of transformation aimed at the well-being of all people”.
Subsequently, Rev. K. James Cecil Victor led a session on “Missional Communication in the pluri-faith context”. During his session, Rev. K. James Cecil Victor stressed about ‘the need for radical alteration in the use of languages’. All Missional Communication must be inclusive in mutual honour and love with each other, Rev. James Cecil added.
There were cultural performances as part of the conference in which hostel children of Dornakal Diocesan compound have performed excellent dances and the delegates from each diocese also have presented various cultural programmes including folk songs, dances and skits. It was an occasion to expose each talent and encourage each other’s gifts.
Holy Communion Service also was celebrated during the conference. It was celebrated by Rt. Rev. Dr. Vadapally Prasada Rao and Rt. Rev. Dr. E. Pushpa Lalitha along with delegates. Rev. K. James Cecil Victor delivered a Message based on Mathew 25: 31-46. “Jesus Christ is still suffering for the lost, least and last. It is the need of the hour for the Church to identify Christ’s suffering and accompany with Christ to build the community of mutual love and compassion”, Rev. James Cecil added in his Bible Study.
Telugu Regional Conference was concluded by the message given by Rt. Rev. Dr. Vadapally Prasada Rao, Deputy Moderator, CSI. In his message, Deputy Moderator pointed out that Mission of the Church must be an expression of Christ’s love and compassion to all. Besides, he insisted that no delegates enter their respective diocese unless and until they are equipped and rejuvenated for the mission towards building Christ communities. It is the communities of love and compassion to all without any discrimination and divisions, Deputy Moderator added.
Telugu Regional conference was an opportunity for the rejuvenation and refresh towards doing the mission to all. All delegates were inspired to participate in doing mission more enthusiastically for the well-being of all people. One hundred delegates have attended the conference from six respective dioceses of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It was well hosted by Dornakal Diocese and their hospitality as well welcome was so commendable. Mission and Evangelism Department is grateful to the Diocese. It is also remarkable that Dornakal Diocese honoured each delegate with a gift, as a token of appreciation.
Rev. Maxcin John,
Mission and Evangelism Department,