Religious, political leaders meet Archbishop of Canterbury The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and wife, Jane Williams, had a hectic day inMessage 1 of 3 , Oct 23, 2010View SourceReligious, political leaders meet Archbishop of Canterbury
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and wife, Jane Williams, had a hectic day in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.
The Archbishop's engagements got under way with a dialogue with religious and political leaders in the morning. The religious leaders who met him included the bishops of other churches such as Susaipakiam, Samuel Mar Irenius, Gabriel Mar Gregorios, Vasantha Kumar and Thomas Mar Anthonios. The political leaders who met him included Education Minister M.A. Baby, Public Works Minister M. Vijayakumar, Ports Minister V. Surendran Pillai, and Congress leader V.S. Sivakumar. Swami Jnana Tapaswini of the Shantigiri Ashram, Palayam Imam Moulavi Jamaluddin Mankada, jurist K. Narayana Kurup, M.M. Philip, general secretary, and Bennet Avraham, treasurer of the Church of South India Synod, A. Dharmaraj Rasalam, vice-chairman of the CSI's South Kerala diocese and Col. Jaipaul Devapally of the Salvation Army were among the others who held discussion with him.
The Archbishop had a meeting with the ecumenical youth of the Kerala United Theological Seminary, Kannamoola, and with women in the LMS Compound thereafter.
The highlight of the Archbishop's programmes was a visit to the St. Joseph's cathedral at Palayam. The visit by the head of the Church of England to a church of the Catholic Church was described as a historic event by Church circles here.
The programmes of the day ended with his participation in the graduation ceremony of the Dr. Somervell Memorial CSI Medical College at Karakonam in the district.
He will be gracing the golden jubilee celebrations of the CSI South Kerala diocese being inaugurated by Uthradam Tirunal Marthanda Varma, head of the royal family of erstwhile Travancore, on Sunday evening. It will be followed by a cultural programme. Prior to that, he will be participating in a thanks-giving service at the Mateer Memorial church here.
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Dear SOCM News Bureau / Moderator Was any participation from our Church in this ecumenical meeting? Jomon 3980Message 1 of 3 , Oct 24, 2010View SourceDear SOCM News Bureau / Moderator
Was any participation from our Church in this ecumenical meeting?
On Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 9:41 AM, <> wrote:
> Religious, political leaders meet Archbishop of Canterbury
> The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and wife, Jane Williams, had
> a hectic day in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.
Respected members, This question triggers some strategic thoughts in my mind about the growth of our Holy Church through its presence in our Capital city whichMessage 1 of 3 , Oct 28, 2010View SourceRespected members,
This question triggers some strategic thoughts in my mind about the growth of our Holy Church through its presence in our Capital city which is the centre of Government, polititions, beurocrats,touchpoint of international community and important events, though not sure how soon we could achieve them.
The vision points are:
1. As the capital city of Kerala, we should have a diocese called Thiruvananthapuram covering this area, even though the diocese membership might me minimal (remember, in Niranam we have around 10 small-medium churches only).
2. We need to have some educational/healthcare/charitable organizations/patriarchal center in this diocese, operate in a world-class manner, which would replace the minority feeling but provide us respect and esteem.
3. The ideal character of the bishop of this diocese should be well-educated (preferably doctorate holder) person, with large socio-political interest and active in social/charitable/prayer & retreat activities with high leadership, interpersonal & negotiation skills and charisma .(Please do not misunderstand that I am underestimating HG Mathews Mor Thevodosios, the current Metropolitan in this area, just stressing the need of a bishop located in our capital city, thirumeni could migrate if he wishes:))
If we can realize this, I am sure that our Church could become a more respectful, influencial and powerful entity among Christians in India.
In His Love,
Jai Abe Cheriyan