Thought for the day
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8
A historic and landmark gathering of church leaders from five global Christian World Communions, the Roman Catholic, the Lutheran World Federation, the World Methodist Council, the Anglican Communion and the World Communion of Reformed Churches . which took place at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, United States from 26 to 28 March, issued a statement recommitting themselves to communicating the biblical message of salvation in new ways to contemporary society. We wish to make more visible our common witness, in worship and service, on our journey together towards visible unity, walking together, praying together and working together.
Originally signed by leaders of the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ) has since been broadened to include the World Methodist Council, the Anglican Communion and the World Communion of Reformed Churches, all of which agree on the core message of salvation in and through Christ. and looked toward a future realizing a deeper communion towards the full visible unity of the church and to make manifest the growth in the communion which we have already been experiencing.
In a concluding statement, participants highlighted the way in which the JDDJ process led to the overcoming of centuries-old controversies. They also noted how its method of differentiating consensus, which allows for core agreement while maintaining different confessional expressions, can be used to deal with past, present and future obstacles relating to both doctrinal and ethical questions. In a broken, violent and fearful world, it is urgent that the church bears witness to the possibility of unity and reconciliation and manifest the courage to stand together in works of proclamation, justice and compassion. The participating communions pledged to be united in common witness to the God of life so that churches can embrace difference and disagreements without allowing them to divide.
The participants affirmed that the gathering represents in a new way a global koinonia of communions as a common witness to the liberating power of God’s grace. God’s saving work touches all of creation and all people so that unity and justice are inseparable. The JDDJ has formed the basis of a new orientation to one another. Global Christian Communions should no longer begin from the place of division, but of unity. They should no longer look for what is lacking in one another but rather look for the distinctive gifts that each brings for the spiritual edification and sanctification of all.
The participants agreed to establish a steering committee “to take forward the momentum generated by our meeting through promoting and monitoring the process of developing relationships among the adherents of JDDJ.”
There are also plans to develop a range of catechetical tools and resources, in various forms, written and visual, including a dedicated common webpage, to be used in all aspects of church life and theological education.
Rev. Dr D. Rathnakara Sadananda participated in the gathering representing the World Communion of Reformed Churches.
(The Consultation Statement is given here in pdf format.)
To help the CSI Synod to communicate the image of the Church, her mission, life and witness using effective means of communication and also to equip the congregations to communicate God's message and love relevant to our times.
To facilitate communication centres/cells in all the dioceses, share resources and expertise.
To help the CSI Synod in the documentation of events, projects and programmes and provide communication assistance to the CSI Synod in the publication of magazines, bulletins, diaries and calendars.
To organize programmes sensitizing the community on social and ecological issues using latest and relevant media.
To establish and facilitate media relations with the secular media.
To operate Church's main websites:
Seminars/conferences on information and communication technology, development communication, traditional and alternative communication.
Courses on communication for clergy and the laity for the effective proclamation of Gospel.
Workshops/Seminars for lyricists, musicians, artists, writers, and cartoonists.
Summer music courses in the Synod level and short music courses in the local levels.
Making and providing video documentaries on various issues pertaining to projects, development activities and life of the church.
CSI Life - The official magazine of the CSI.
Publication of the diary, calendar, and devotional study materials.