The Managing Committee of the Malankara Orthodox Church that met today (Oct. 19, 2011) has unanimously accepted the constitution revision proposals of the Rule Committee that women of the parish should be given equal right in the parish assembly. This is the first time women are getting full membership in parish assembly in any of the ancient churches in India. Congratulations! Of course this is only the first step and we have to go two more steps for full participation right. But this is the right step forward and in five years’ time we will have the other two steps too. We have broken the twenty centuries old tradition. This is a revolutionary thing to happen in our Church. Let us thank God. I am giving below the text of the report given by me as the Commission appointed by the Holy Episcopal Synod to study the matter and place proposal. Of course the Synod, the Rule Committee and the Managing Committee made several changes. But this was the basis. I am indebted to the Holy Synod for giving me the opportunity to do some thing like this first in the history of our Church.
Technically this has become the law of the Church. Practically it will become effective when H.H. The Bava Thirumeni issue a Kalpana to this effect, which I am sure will happen in few days time. according to our constitution this amendment can be reversed only by the Association which is a less than one percent possibility.
The report is in ‘god’s own country’ language. Sorry about that (there are 11 pages You can go to http://yuhanonmilitos.wordpress.com/2011/07/17/article-in-souvenir-of-ne-america-diocese/ for an abridged version of the report in English).