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
The Moderator, Deputy Moderator, General Secretary and the Hon. Treasurer of the Church of South India Send Christmas Greetings to You!
What child is this who fled that night
From Herod's wrathful order?
As Rachel wept
The family kept
On pressing toward the border.
This, this is Christ our king:
A refugee, a stranger.
Pray, pray for all like him,
The Babe, the son of Mary.
- Victoria Emily Jones (2016)
Ten million migrant labourers were forced to travel back to their homes, mainly on foot, when the lockdown was announced claiming to combat COVID 19 in India! The lockdown by the government, which was like a magician pulls a rabbit out of the hat, adversely affected the poor and vulnerable groups of people such as migrant labourers. Thousands of hapless people died, and many were killed in the mishaps on the road and railway tracks, when they were forced by the state machinery, exerted power without compassion. Surprisingly, the government did not maintain any data on how many migrant labourers were affected by the surprise announcement of lockdown! As of the nameless victims in Rama (Matthew 2: 18), the migrant labourers' lamentation, weeping and mourning also go down in the history as another inhuman story of the excessive use of the power of the rulers.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see- I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people. (Luke 2: 10)
When fear engulfs; the miraculous voice tells us, “do not be afraid!”
When pain torments; the soothing voice tells us, “you will be healed!”
When hopelessness surrounds; the strengthening voice tells us, “you are given good news!”
When darkness covers; the pleasant voice tells us, “there will be a new dawn!”
We join the proclamation of hope amidst hopelessness and liberation amidst oppression.
Let us enjoy the joy of Christmas every day!
Wish you a meaningful Christmas and a PEACEFUL New Year 2021
The Most. Rev. A. Dharmaraj Rasalam
The Rt. Rev. Dr K. Reuben Mark
Adv. C. Fernandas Rathina Raja
Prof. Dr. B. Vimal Sukumar
(The painful journey of the migrant labourers during the lockdown, which was announced without any proper planning, is depicted in this Christmas card by drawing a parallel between the plight of these labourers and the flight of Joseph and Mary with the infant Jesus to Egypt fearing King Herod. Mr Harry Naveen Kumar, a member of the Dornakal Diocese of the Church of South India, is the artist.)
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Seminars/conferences on information and communication technology, development communication, traditi
FUTURE IN REMEMBRANCE
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.