Published On : Wed, Nov 5th, 2014

NCCI celebrates 100 years of Ecumenism in India


The Centenary celebrations of NCCI will be on the theme: Towards Integral Mission and Grass-root Ecumenism.

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Nagpur
: National Council of Churches in India is celebrating 100 years of Ecumenism in India. In Nagpur, the celebrations are observed from November 6-10, 2014 in the Civil Lines campus. While talking exclusively with Nagpur Today General Secretary of NCCI Reverend Roger Gaikwad said that the Centenary celebrations of NCCI will be on the theme, ‘Towards Integral Mission and Grass-root Ecumenism’.

The Centenary celebrations will be marked with various activities. On November 6, 2014 at 2 pm, the NCCI will be taking out a rally starting from the All Saints’ Cathedral and will be going to RBI Square and then returning back to All Saints’ Cathedral. The Centenary Presidential Address will be delivered by Bishop Dr Taranath S Sagar. In the evening there will be inauguration of ‘Indian Disability Ecumenical Accompaniment (IDEA) and National Ecumenical Forum for Sexual Minorities (NEFSM). There will be various symposiums, talks, discussions and debates that will be held during the 4 days of celebrations in the NCCI Campus. For participation and further details, please contact NCCI on 0712-2531312 or through e-mail id ncci@nccindia.in.

A brief history:
The National Council of Churches in India which is the Ecumenical Forum and apex body constituting the Protestant and Orthodox Churches in India was established in 1914 as the National Missionary Council. In 1923 The Council constituted itself as the National Christian Council of India, Burma and Ceylon. The Councils of Burma and Sri Lanka separated and in 1979 the Council transformed itself into what is known as the National Councils of Churches in India. It is an Inter-confessional autonomous Council and an Ecumenical expression constantly initiating, promoting and coordinating various forms of ministries of witness and service in the wider community and society. The Council also serves as a common platform for thought and action and as such it brings together the churches and other Christian organizations for mutual consultations, assistance and action in all matters related to the life and witness of the churches in India.

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The NCCI is committed to gospel values of Justice and Peace. The   NCCI is made up of 14 million members from 30 member churches, 17 regional Christian Councils, 17 All India organizations and 7 related agencies. There are commissions through which the council primarily carries out its work.

NCCI envisions just and inclusive communities which enable the full realization of the human potential individually and collectively, and live together in harmony, justice and peace. Through such unity and service, NCCI continues to bear witness to Jesus, the gospel and the movement for the realization of the reign of God. The Mission of NCCI is to participate in efforts towards realizing just and inclusive communities through collaborative programmes.

Affirming solidarity with the social, economic and political initiatives of the communities such as Dalit, Tribal, women, children, youth, migrants, persons with disabilities, different sexual orientations, religious and linguistic minorities and NCCI will facilitate and accompany the churches through joint action simultaneously reforming church and society.

Equality, dignity justice, love, peace, inclusion, transparency and accountability are the core values of NCCI and they will be practiced in all dimensions of our life together. NCCI commits itself to a church of the poor and for the poor.