SOCM -FORUM members-
Where are we? What is our direction? What is our Church trying to
achieve-its mission? It has been around for two thousand years, but are we
poised to be around for two thousand more? I have read post after post in
this forum from people who's intent is not to educate but to belittle and
prove their own intellectual prowess.
I find this activity unproductive and creating an even greater rift between
There are many in this forum that try to misinform the public. I thank God
we have such men as our Moleeyal Achen, and others who take time out of
their busy day to educate the public so that more do not stray away.
If you notice our beloved Mooleyal Achen's postings you can discern a much
different tone in his diction. It is not accusatory, but more nurturing and
loving-as a Christians should be when dealing with situations such as this.
I would ask that all who would post in this forum try to maintain that same
loving Christian air with their posting.
To answer my questions that I asked at the top of my posting:
Where are we?
We are at a crucial juncture in our churches long and fabled history. The
decisions and moves we make can either destroy this church to the joy of
many--or strengthen our church to the Glory of God.
What is our direction?
This I cannot answer. I do not know. I know what my direction is. I am a
24 year old malayalee syrian orthodox christian who resides in the USA. My
church has enacted many programs to educate the youth, the young adults, and
the adults on our church history as well as many programs to spiritually
uplift our people. I feel that my church is a paradigm for our archdiocese
and perhaps our universal church. But we need to get all of our churches
world wide to our level. My church, w/ all the great things that it has to
offer still is not perfect.
It is up to our leadership to set our direction. We need a vision for our
church for the next twenty-years. It needs to be publicized so that our
people will know where we are going and not lose faith because we have a
roadmap for the future. This though a tough task, is one that must be done
or I fear that our two thousand year history will end up something that only
historical scholars have any idea about.
I believe that our Bava, our thirumenis, and our achens are capable of
putting forth this 'vision statement'. I have faith that God will bless
them and that they will continue to guide us through this current mess and
give them a strong vision for our future.
What is our Church trying to achieve-its mission?
Again, I don't know. Know one has ever articulated that to me. It seems
that our church's main mission from all of the postings is to preserve the
faith. But I believe Christ commanded us to do more than that. We need to
write down a mission statement for our church. Whether it be to spread the
gospel, to develop our current members, to affect our communities, etc. So
many of us do not know. We just come to Church socialize, partake in our
share of the politics and go home. What have we truly done?
Someone touched on it in the earlier post, the diaspora of our people into
many different lands have caused them to attend other churches for their
spiritual fulfillment. Why are we not growing to meet our peoples needs? We
have our youth who are falling prey to sex, drugs, and alcohol---why are we
not growing to meet their needs? Divorce in our community--which a
generation ago was unheard of- is moving into the mainstream. Are we as a
church able to cope with this?
Though we have two thousand years of history, a great liturgy and very
strong faithful we need to rise to the challenges of this century otherwise
as I said only historical scholars will remember our once great church.
In God's love, I pray for all of you--please pray for me as well.