Dr Susan Thomas Executive Committee Member WCRC

Dr Susan Thomas elected as the Executive Committee member of the WCRC


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Dr Susan Thomas, the President of the CSI Synod Women’s Fellowship and the Madhya Kerala Diocesan Women’s Fellowship has been elected as the Executive Committee member of the World Communion of the Reformed Churches (WCRC) in the General Council held at Leipzig in Germany. The elections took place on 7 July, the final day of the Council, which has been meeting in the eastern German city of Leipzig since 29 June. Of the 22 members of the new Executive Committee, 10 are men and 12 women; 15 are ordained and 7 are lay people. WCRC has over 220 member churches and the General Council was attended by over a thousand delegates from across the world.

World Communion of Reformed Churches

World Communion of Reformed Churches’ General Council at Leipzig, Germany

26th General Council of World Communion of Reformed Churches’ was held from 29th June to 7th July 2017 at Leipzig, Germany. There is a strong contingency from the Church of South India General Council led by Rt Rev Thomas K Oommen, the Moderator, Rev Dr Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, the General Secretary, Mrs Susan Thomas, the Presidents of CSI Women’s Fellowship and Rev Sunil Raj Philip, the Director of CSI Synod Communications Dept The council meeting went on with the presentations based on the theme “Living God, renew and transform us” from the famous theologians like Jurgen Moltmann, deliberations, and major business sessions. World Communion of Reformed Churches has more than 220 member churches and the General Assembly is attended by more than a thousand people from across the world.

CSI North American Family and Youth Conference

31st CSI North American Family and Youth Conference

Inauguration Ceremony

31st CSI North American family and youth conference inaugurated by the Most Rev. Thomas K Oommen, the Moderator of CSI, with the auspicious presence of Most Rev. Joseph Marthoma, the Mar Thomas Metropolitan, Rt. Rev. Jenny Anderson, the Anglican Bishop, Most Rev. Jose Kalluvelil, Catholic Bishop and several distinguished Guest and clergies.

Separate sessions for Men, Women, Children and Youth

Talent Display

Clergy and their families with Thirumeni and Kochamma

CSI North American Council

Executive Committee meeting of CSI North American Council

CSI North American Council meeting was held at Toronto under the chair of CSI Moderator Most Rev Thomas K Oommen, members representing 27 churches in North America attended.

Newly Elected Executive Committee of CSI North American Council

  • Vice President:- Rev William Abraham
  • Secretary:- Mr Mathew Joshua
  • Treasurer:- Mr Cherian Abraham

Committee members

  1. Mr Koshie George
  2. Dr Titus George
  3. Mr George M Varghese
  4. Mr Mathew Karoot
  5. Mr Zacharia Oommen
  6. Mr Joy Chemmanoor

Rev Sr Thankamma Varkey Passed Away

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An ordained pastor of Church of South India and the Former General Secretary of the Women’s Fellowship of CSI Madhya Kerala Diocese Rev Sr Thankamma Varkey (75) passed away. Funeral service was held on 2 pm on Saturday 8th July 2017 at St. Thomas C.S.I Church Thidanad.

Rev Sr Thankamma Varkey – Woman who changed the odds of her life…

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Born in Kanjirapally, Kerala in the year 1942, Sr Thankamma Varkey was the eldest child of a large family where she grew up with deep family ties and all the endearments of a loving home. This brought out in her a great love for people and deep care for those who are in need of help.

Very early in life, she dedicated herself to Church work. She received her training from Madras and Bachelor of Divinity (from Marthoma Seminary, Kottayam) later pursued her Master’s in Theology from Pennsylvania in the United States of America. She presented herself for a life of Sisterhood with the Church of South India (CSI) and was later ordained as a Presbyter of the Church. The saga of service and Christian ministry spans 35 years during which she served and rendered her service for Diocese of Madhya Kerala for 29 years, Member, Forum for Women Rights (CCI), Member, Voice for Social Justice (CSI), Member, AICC women wing, General Secretary for the least coin project for several years, General Secretary of the CSI Women’s Fellowship (22 Dioceses and four region) for five years and also as the Secretary of the Order of Sisters.

In 1998, Rev. Sister Thankamma Varkey, during her tenure spearheading the Women’s Fellowship of the Church of South India as General Secretary became deeply concerned with various issues, which gave new dimensions to the CSI Women’s Ministry. The ground realities helped her find her true vocation in life to serve and free the downtrodden children from hunger, pain and suffering. In appreciation of her work among the slum-dwellers, she was presented with a meritorious award by the Governor of Karnataka on the occasion of the celebration of the Republic Day in the year 2002.

Upon completion of her term of office from the CSI Women’s Fellowship and in continuation of her ministry among the poor, Krupalaya was launched from her residence in Munnekolalu, Marathahalli in Bangalore. This was in continuation of her calling and commitment to welfare ministries with a view to improve the quality of life of the less fortunate. She is joyfully living for the glory of God and in service to Christ’s Church and the surrounding human community as a whole. In the eyes of the people who have interacted with her, she is a simple and truly humane person. She was the Founder President of Marathahally Global Vision International. She was currently serving a rural CSI Malayalam Congregation near Marthahally, Bangalore.

Dedication ceremony of Kanamala mission centre

A new spring sprouts forth out of Malayora mission, a concern of CSI Madhya Kerala diocese, has been active in its tenure in evangelising the ‘Malayoram’ (means Hilly) areas of Kerala state. Its mission had been progressing at Kanamala, a shore line of river Pamba, for the past three years. As a result of our endeavor, a congregation of around fifteen families is serving our Lord till date. By the grace of God and with the help of many well-wishers from and abroad India, a mission centre for the All Saints CSI congregation at Kanamala was built at Erathuapuzha near Erumeli. The dedication of Kanamala mission centre was conducted on 25 th  of June 2017 by the CSI Moderator and Bishop of CSI Madhya Kerala diocese, Most. Rev. Thomas K. Oommen. Kanamala Mission Centre, with its unique construction, can be considered as the first of its kind as a multipurpose church. While its interior suits for a church, the alfresco and doorway is designed for effecting the societal purpose of the church which includes spoken English classes, moral classes, computer training and tailoring training for the general public.

Coimbatore All Saints CSI Malayalam Congregation – Church Dedication

A long cherished dream of the Coimbatore CSI Malayalam Congregation members has come true. Most Rev Thomas K Oommen the Moderator of Church of South India and the Bishop in the Madhya Kerala Diocese dedicated the renovated church in the presence of Rt Rev Timothy Ravinder Bishop of Coimbatore Diocese along with the Diocesan Officials, Clergy, the guest and the Congregation members on Sunday 18th June’2017. Bishop’s Chaplain Rev Joby Joy, Rev Alex P Oommen, Rev John Samuel, Rev Prince Calvin, Rev James William, Vicar Rev Levin Koshy Mallasseril and other dignitaries were present for the dedication service.

Centenary Celebrations – Vembuthanam St John The Baptist

St John the Baptist CSI church Vembuthanam celebrated the Centenary year of the church on Sunday 25th June 30, 2017. On this occasion they gave a hearty welcome to our Moderator Most Rev Thomas K Oommen As a remembrance of this centenary celebration Moderator laid corner stone for the foundation of the proposed church.
The Holy Communion service in the morning at 9:00am was led under the leadership of our Moderator Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen. A public meeting was followed by the Holy Communion service. Dr N Jayaraj, MLA of Kanjirappally delivered the key note address during the public meeting. Vicar and Bishop’s Office Administrator Very Rev Daniel George, Diocesan Treasurer Rev Sabu K Cherian, Rev Dr Kuruvilla George, Very Rev T V Samkutty, Bishop’s Chaplain Rev Joby Joy, Catechist Mr Joseph Varghese, Mr Sunil Sam Mathew, Mr George Thomas participated in this celebrations.

Nilackal Ecumenical Trust Committee Meeting

Nilackal Ecumenikkal Trust decided to renovate the historical Nilackal St. Thomas Ecumenical Church. The Trust committee was gathered on 20 th June 2017 at Thellakom Chaithanya Pastoral Center. H.H. Moran Baselious Mar Thoma Paulose II Catholicos presided the meeting. The committee also decided to call up a meeting for all the Christian managements in the education field to discuss about the serious crisis and problems they are facing with the Chief Minister of Kerala. Nilackal Ecumenical Trust secretary & The Moderator of C.S.I Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Marthoma, Most Rev. Kuriakose Mar Severious, H.G. Mar Mathew Moolakkadu, H.G. Dr. Josua Mar Ignathios, H.G. Silvister Ponnumuthan, H.G. Mar Mathew Arackal, H.G. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Athanasios, The Treasurer Sri. M.D. Joseph Manniparambil were participated in the meeting.