The Kerala Regional CSI Clergy Koinonia 2017 was held at the CSI Cathedral of Malabar Diocese in Kozhikode, Kerala under the leadership of Most Rev Thomas K Oommen, the Moderator of the Church of South India. The program was jointly organized by the Department of Pastoral Concerns, CSI Synod and the Diocese of Malabar. Rt. Rev. Dr. K. G. Daniel, Bishop in East Kerala, Rt. Rev. Dharmaraj Rasalam, Bishop in South Kerala, Rt. Rev. Baker Ninan Fenn Bishop in Cochin, and Rt. Rev. Dr. Royce Manoj Victor, the Bishop in Malabar were present in the Koinonia. About 400 clergy from Madhaya Kerala Diocese, East Kerala Diocese, South Kerala Diocese, Kollam Kottarakara Diocese, Cochin Diocese and Malabar Diocese took part in the program that began with the Holy Communion Service at 9:30 am. While the Moderator celebrated the Holy Communion, Rt. Rev. Dr. K. G. Daniel shared the word of God from Mathew 6:25-34 and motivated the clergy to set priorities in ministry; strive for equality, justice and peace; and yearn for purity of life.
After each bishop shared their greetings, Moderator has shared his vision for the CSI for the triennium 2017-2020. In his ‘CSI Vision 2020’ the Moderator made it explicitly clear that the need of the hour is to strengthen the unity and expand the unity beyond the borders to make it united National Church. Also he emphasized on improvising the life conditions of the grass root communities through various programs of CSI SEVA. After Moderator’s presentation, the panelists have shared the presbyters’ perspectives on the Vision 2020. Rev. D.L Paulson from South Kerala Diocese, Rev. Dr. Banu Samuel from Kollam Kottarakara Diocese, Rev. Dr. P. K. Kuruvilla from Madhya Kerala Diocese, Rev. Maxcin Joh from East Kerala Diocese and Rev. Sunil Puthiyattil from Malabar Diocese have shared the reflections of the clergy from their dioceses. Later, Prof. Dr. MGS Narayanan, a historian took a session on ‘understanding socio-political scenario of the early centuries in Kerala and reflections on the origins of Christian tradition’.
Rev. K. James Cecil Victor, the Director, Department of Pastoral Concerns and Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, Director, Communications and Dalit & Adivasi Concerns have shared greetings and the programs of the respective departments. While Bishop Royce Manoj Victor, the Bishop in Malabar has extended a warm welcome to the bishops and the clergy, Rev. Jacob Daniel, the Clergy Secretary of the Diocese facilitated the felicitations. The program came to an end with the closing remarks by Bishop Royce and Prayer and Benediction by the Most Rev. Thomas K Oommen, the Moderator CSI. The program was meticulously planned and executed by Rev. T.I James, the Vicar of the Cathedral, under the guidance of the Bishop and in cooperation with the officers of the Diocese and the Committee members of the Cathedral.
Rev. K. James Cecil Victor
Director, Pastoral Concerns