The East Kerala Diocese Youth Working Committee came to CSI Synod, Chennai on 5th and 6th of August 2017 for a retreat and envisioning exercise. This working committee comprising of young vibrant leaders from the various parts of East Kerala Diocese came together with consensus of meeting new objectives and goals through the diocesan youth movement. The Church of South India Synod Youth Department was happy to host this small yet vibrant gathering to encourage them and also to equip them in terms of their vision and mission. The General Secretary of CSI Rev. DR. D. R. Sadananda amidst his busy schedule yet made time to address them and also to meet each one of them in person, he in his address shared the vision of CSI for the youth and its movements. He told them to see the face of God (Peni-el ) in the struggles (Jabbok) for the cause of justice and peace. He used the example of Jacob and encouraged the youth to struggle hard in their lives only to see the face of God at the end.
The Bishop in East Kerala Diocese Rt. Rev. KG Daniel Tirumeni, encouraged the youth by spending time with them the entire day in person. He took devotions highlighting the role of youth in today’s context and also called them to stay united in one mind and one spirit for the sake of better ministry. Rev. Solomon Paul, Synod Youth Director also took a session on envisioning a better church through various group activities. His talk encouraged the youth about the importance of staying in fellowship with God and God’s creation in having a goal with realism and the common good of everyone.
Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, Director of Communications and Rev. Maxin John, Director of Mission and Evangelism, CSI Synod also handled sessions to encourage the youth. Visit to St.. George’s Cathedral, St. Thomas mount and other significant places in Chennai were also a part of this retreat which enabled rural youth to have a glimpse of the urban life and its culture. The youth were very much encouraged when they visited the tomb of the missionary to EKD Henry Baker who tiled and struggled in doing mission work in the remote parts of the Diocese. At the end of the retreat they went back with a new vision in working together with unity in building a strong diocesan youth movement for EKD.