My Participation in Vanitha Mathil


I participated in the progressive project of several of the organization of Kerala with the support of the state government. This was to uphold the freedom and equality women need to enjoy in the society which claims to most educated state in India. Unfortunately it’s attitude toward women and many of the backward communities are not so mature and positive rather is discriminative and oppressive. The Vanitha Mathil or Women’s Wall that was built from one end of Kerala state to the other with fifty lakhs of women standing shoulder to shoulder through the entire 620 KM length of the state. This was on January 1, 2019 from 4 pm to 4.15 pm.  An equal number of men from all walks of life also come forward and stood along with the women in support. I was happy that I was also able to participate.

My Christmas Message 2018


I gave the Christmas Message on 23rd December 2018 at the Carol Service at All Saints C S I Church, Thrissur. As always attending Christmas service in a Protestant Church, who knows how to conduct a choir, is really a wonderful experience. I will never miss a chance to attend one, specially when I am invited.This too was a great experience

My Article on Recent Flood in Kerala


Article on Flood

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Kerala Flood Disaster 2018 and Me


St. Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur organizes periodical lectures on variety of subjects. On October 9, 2018 I addressed the STOTS family with a personal analysis on the recent flood disaster in Kerala (Sept, 2018) at the backdrop of Biblical Testimony about human responsibility to nature.

Mission Statement of MOSC


MALANKARA ORTHODOX SYRIAN CHURCH

HOLY EPISCOPAL SYNOD

THE STATEMENT

The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church believes that it is the responsibility of the Church to be co-workers with God in the task of transformation and divinization of the whole creation. This is the mission of the Church.

THE VISION

The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church understands Church essentially and fundamentally as a worshipping community. In that sense it is the Body of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It therefore is in perfect participation and fellowship with Him. This worship carries the whole created world to God in Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ. Even though we take the whole created world seriously we believe that humans, created in the image and likeness of God, have a special role to play in this worship. Therefore we would also say that the Church need to be people oriented and not structure or power centers oriented. The object of this worship is “divinization” of humans and transformation of the whole environment of humans created by and under the dominion of God.

THE MISSION

The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church recognizes its God given role in carrying out God’s mission in this world. We, therefore believe that, are called to be a dynamic mission-oriented community. While we gather the strength from worship, we also gather inspiration from the tradition of the Church which is the testimony of the ever continued work of God in history and hence which is open to future. While tradition includes those testimonies of the work of God in the Old Testament, the New Testament and the writings of the Apostles and Church fathers, we also take seriously the continued work of the Holy Spirit even today. Hence, we are bound to take various traditions, cultures, ideologies and communities among humans seriously. The guiding principle of the divinized world is the idea of the Kingdom of God that is already been inaugurated through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and waiting for consummation. Since the presence of God is experienced in history, we need to address every change that occurs in fields of religion, culture, science and technology. The Church should respond meaningfully to social, political and economic questions particularly in regard to justice and human rights and help the life of humans qualitatively better every day.

For this task the Church should, first go through a process of self critique, correction and transformation on an every day basis without which it will not be able to credibly challenge the world around. Being divinized through communion with God in and through the liturgical life of the Church, and by personal spiritual exercises, every member of the MOSC is called to be stewards in the world according to God’s plan. We hope with God for a New Heaven and New Earth. In our language we call this ‘the sacramental life on earth.’ This life is lived in Kenotic dynamism or love expressed in suffering and is the ideal methodology for mission.

There are basically two areas of mission: one, internal and two, wider.

  1. Internal mission aims at educating the members of the Church to be disciplined and dynamic and so as to equip them to be better witness to Christ’s saving act. Proper didactic work within the Church is the primary task of the community. Teaching and preaching ministries are taken seriously. Both occur in the context of meaningful worship of the community.

In order to be an efficient witness in every local situation, the Church should undertake initiatives toward indigenization and inculturation in the area of worship, theology, art, architecture, music etc.

The people of the ‘Diaspora’ of the Church require immediate attention. The Church needs to impart its liturgy, faith and tradition in a manner and language meaningful and contextual to them. The Church should also understand the problems of its youngsters and equip them to address them meaningfully and encourage people to take up various responsibilities inside and outside the Church.

Family as the fundamental and basic unit in the society, which is the prototype of Kingdom of God need to be vitalized. Involvement of women in Church’s mission needs to be enhanced and emphasized.

Monasteries have been the power houses of the Church in every area of mission. We hope to revitalize the monasteries considering the changing situations and social context. Life and working patterns in the monasteries need to be freshly evaluated and studied and necessary changes need to be brought in.

2. Wider mission aims at serving the created world in general to accomplish the salvific work of God in Christ for the creation. Our method of mission is ‘witnessing’ or martyria (Acts 1:8) rather than attempting for numerical or territorial growth of the Church.

The MOSC has specific role in building and maintaining peace at the level of denominations, religions, communities, ideological groups and nations. Being an agent of peace and reconciliation, the Church is committed to explore ways and means to end all kinds of wars, communal fights, litigations and conflicts which block the effective witness of the Gospel.

We encourage both formal and informal dialogue with people belonging to other Christian denominations, religions, faiths and ideologies for better mutual understanding and co-operation. It would help walk the common pilgrim path, and together explore methods to address challenges of time.

We involve in people’s movements and liberation struggles, expressing our solidarity with victims, especially Dalits and Adivasis to ensure justice, dignity and equality for them. We appreciate the successful work already being done by the Churches and communities and individuals among the poor, the marginalized and the otherwise-abled. We wish to join hands with them in establishing a just society.

The world that was created and found good by God has been made bad by our greed and exploitative attitude and without any sense of true trusteeship. Therefore, ecology has become a genuine concern of the time. We have to correct our attitude and help nature regain its vitality.

Another area for immediate attention is HIV/AIDS, where prevention and awareness programmes need to be initiated along with care and rehabilitation of positive people.

We wish to prioritize the empowerment of women in general and those among the members of the Church in particular. It is the task of the Church to train and equip them and to give them opportunities to be meaningful witnesses.

Establishing a department for relief and natural calamities is part of our wider mission.

We do not consider ‘charity’ as a means of expression of sympathy. It is basically an attempt to empathize. We do not think that simply providing the immediate need is the primary task of the Church, though at certain situations this may be required. Our task, rather, is to create an atmosphere where all can live and work with dignity and in participation so that people can help themselves. So we help people help themselves. Awareness and perspective building is the best way to achieve this.

While the Church disapproves of forceful or induced conversion from any religion or faith or ideology, it reserves the right to accept voluntary and genuine believers in to full membership and communion in the Church under the framework of Article 21 of the Indian Constitution and of the law of the land where ever applicable.

On the basis of what has been already said, we hope that the whole created world would truly transform in to the Kingdom of God. Our mission hopes to have life abundant in humans and in the environment

Mission Board of the Church needs to be reorganized and revitalized in order to identify and inspire persons who wish to witness Christ through the Church effectively in response to the need of the time. Lay ministry need to be given enough importance and individuals need to be encouraged to be effective witnesses in the Church. We should explore and utilize all modern means of communication and networking for more effective witness in this globalized world.

Yuhanon Mor Meletius Metropolitan (Convener)

A Call for Peace and Unity


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy20HY–y_A&feature=youtu.be

This is my Sermon delivered during the Holy Qurbana at the feast of St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Orthodox Chapel, Chalissery. The main Church was taken over by force by a handful of people throwing out the vicar during the H. Qurbana. But peace loving and spiritually motivated people came out and we established a chapel for them to worship. St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Bahrain helped us to purchase the facility.

Sermon on Matthew 10:5,6


This video contains the audio of my sermon on the Gospel passage for second Sunday after the feast of Pentecost (Matthew 10:5 and 6) with few pictures of me at the Altar, delivered at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Mannuthy on June 18th 2017.

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