Some serious thoughts !!
- Dear members,�A book on the thoughts of Metropolitan Philipose Mar Chrysostom was published recently by CSS, Tiruvalla, Kerala, India� (ISBN 81-7821-000-2). The book titled, 'Metropolitan Chrysostom on Mission in the Market Place,' is edited by Dr. Jesudas M. Athyal and Dr. John J. Thatamanil. The book provides a substantial introduction to the thought of the Metropolitan, one of India's leading Churchmen. Drawing from more than 60 years of ministry to the Church in India and drawing from rich experiences of a life longer than that of India as a modern nation-state, he reflects on some of the most pressing questions of our time. What is the meaning of witness and mission in a pluralistic society, especially one that is plagued by divisive tensions? How does a church once confined to a particular geographical and cultural landscape cope with its newfound identity as a global church? What are the obligations of the Church to the poor of India in a time of economic globalization?�While many are aware of Chrysostom Thirumeny�s commitment to open thinking, in this book he raises pertinent questions about the very foundational events and figures responsible for the birth of the Mar Thoma Church. Western missionaries, the reformation movement, even Abraham Malpan, are all subjected to searching scrutiny. Others more learned in the history of the church will be better placed to answer whether there has ever been a bishop more radical than this, in raising questions about the very foundations of the Mar Thoma Church; it would be hard to think who that could be.�The church in the Diaspora is one of the central concerns of this book. About the Diaspora church, Chrysostom Thirumeny says: "I am against the ethnic church. If a church remains an ethnic church, it will be really questioning the nature of the Church itself...� Diversity is a part of God�s nature. The Trinity speaks of diversity also. The ethnic church therefore is really a contradiction in terms. If you are saying that this church is only for people from Kerala, then that is not the church of God." In conclusion, he asks: 'Will the diaspora church ever become the local church?' In his Foreword to the book, Dr. Konrad Raiser, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches says, "These conversations about �mission in the market place� are a challenging and inspiring contribution to many of the crucial discussions in the ecumenical movement today. Metropolitan Chrysostom gives a fine example of the form of pastoral and spiritual leadership which we need in the church and the ecumenical movement."�The book has been endorsed by several leading thinkers and theologians. Robert C. Neville, Dean of the Boston University School of Theology says: "This volume systematically unfolds the extraordinary complexity of the thought that has guided his ministry...For anyone interested in truly systematic, contextual, global Christian theology today, this book is a landmark." Raymond B. Williams, distinguished American religionist, said about the Metropolitan: "We are unlikely to see his likes again...One feels honoured to sit at his feet."�Readers will be richly rewarded by the probing, humorous, and challenging vision of one of the great living Bishops of the Church Universal.�The book is priced Rs. 100 (in India) and US$ 10 (outside India). The book will be formally released at a function at the United Theological College, Bangalore on 4th August at 3.30 p.m. The book will soon be available in leading book shops in India and USA. Orders can also be placed with the publishers at the following address:�CSS Book ShopKurisukavalaTiruvalla, Kerala, India 689 101
- Dear SOCM forum members,
According to the "Mangalm Daily", the declaration of
ordination of Mor Dionysius Thomas as Catholicose of
Malankara Jacobite Church is going to be on 28th Friday.
Mor Divanyisos and Mor Gregarious are in Damascus. And the
Church trusty Mr. T. George returned to Kerala.
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