Women in Orthodox Church


Gregorian Mirror Journal has published another of my articles in its April – June issue. This is an abridged version of the report I presented to the Holy Episcopal Synod in 2012 regarding women’s voting right in the Church. The Church made constitutional amendment to allow women to vote in parish assembly. The Holy Episcopal Synod in its August 2016 meeting has recommended that women need further to be permitted to vote in diocesan assembly too on a request made by me. Hope the Rule Committee will make necessary constitutional amendment.


My Respectful Homage to Bishop Raphael Chinath

1.jpgMy Respectful Homage to Bishop Raphael Chinath, retired bishop of Bhubaneswar in Odisha who passed away yesterday. I met him in early 2009 when I visited the sites of Kandhamal violence initiated by RSS-Sangh Parivar volunteers against Dalit Christians. This was part of a study program conducted by the Council for World Mission with which I was associated with for some time presenting papers on child communion and Dalit issues. All along my tour I heard the name of this Catholic Bishop from Thrissur who worked with the people in that area both to re-establish the community and also to fight against the religious fundamentalist forces. I saw this an unusual attitude from a bishop and thought of visiting him. Our Orthodox parish vicar in Bhubaneswar got an appointment with him and we met him at his residence. He was in pants and shirt with just a crucifix chain hanging from his neck. I saw a simple person who can identify with common folks. No wonder he was able to involve himself in the suffering of the people. I salute him and his love for the people in distress and readiness to work for their liberation.
In Kandhamal violence some fifty thousand people had to find shelter in the nearby forest as their houses, some five hundred of them, were burnt or destroyed and some hundred people were killed by Sankh Parivar. Nuns were raped, priests were made to walk naked in streets with naked nuns and police kept silent when all these were happening.
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 Scene from Kandkamal.JPG

My Presentation at UTC Pre Council Meeting

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This was my presentation at the Pre-Council meeting of United Theological College Association, Bangalore on 10th August 2016


My Article in the Book Published by UTC


My Article entitled “Biblical Understanding of the Great Commission” is published by UTC in the book “The Great Commission in Context: Being Together with God’s Creation”, Edited by Rev. Dr. Santhosh S Kumar, Professor of Communications Department at UTC. The article was originally presented as a paper at the United Theological College Alumni Association Refresher Program held on October 27-29, 2015. The pages with my article can not be given here for copyright reason. You can see the text in https://yuhanonmeletius.org/article/biblical-understanding-great-commission The article was edited by Mrs. Elizabeth Joy. I thank, UTC, Rev. Dr. Santhosh S Kumar and Mrs. Elizabeth Joy on this.

My Day at St. Thomas LA

I conducted Holy Qurbana at St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Church, LA a second time in 2016. (With Rev. Fr. Yohannan Panicker and Rev. Dr. Saju Varghese. Photo courtesy: Mr. Matt Varughese)

My Second Visit of 2016 to LA

I visited LA again a second time in few weeks for the wedding of Lydia George (daughter of Mrs. Mary John and Mr. Saju George of St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Church, Los Angles) and Mr. Ivan Lebedev (son of Mrs. Svetlana Heinze and Mr. Vladimir Lebedev of Russian Orthodox Church). The wedding was conducted at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach, LA. It is a beautiful Church inside and outside. When ever I see Churches of this nature I simple wonder why we the community of Malankara Orthodox Church is not able to make a single Church of this much beauty?  I was the chief celebrant at the wedding with Rev. Fr. Yohannan Panicker. I stood in front of the Holy Sanctuary after the wedding for these snaps (July 23, 2016).

My Day at SBGO Church, NJ

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