The City in Ruins: An Ecumenical Vision Betrayed

Rev. Thomas John

(As the Church of South India goes through an extremely difficult phase in its life and history, www.savecsi.net would like to republish, albeit with minor revisions, an article written by Rev. Thomas John, titled The City in Ruins: The Story of an Ecumenical Vision Betrayed. This article, originally published in October 2011, is quite prophetic, and urges the laity to assume their central role in the church and assert their power to change things around. It argues that the congregation should be the centre and focus of being a church in the world. The one, holy, catholic, apostolic church is found in all its fullness in the life of the local worshipping community. Hence, it is only the right ecclesiology and the right missiology that can save CSI from its present predicament.)
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"Son of man, can these bones live?" (Ezekiel 37:3)

Rev. Thomas John

It was at the behest and insistence of the people of Israel that Yahweh, the God of Israel, allowed Samuel to anoint Saul as the King of Israel. Yahweh, through the prophet Samuel, communicated to the people the oppression and exploitation that would entail the appointment of a King over Israel. (1 Samuel 8: 10-22) But yet, "the people refused to listen to Samuel. 'No!' they said. 'We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.'" (1 Samuel 8: 19, 20) Subsequently, the same people who insisted on having a king went through some of the worst experiences of monarchical rule under both, Saul and Solomon.
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The City in Ruins - Story of an Ecumenical Vision Betrayed

by Rev. Thomas John
It has come to be recognized across the board by the Indian nation, or for that matter by the world over, that true democracy can be realized only through devolution of power to the people through self-governing institutions at a very local level of community organization. The 73rd amendment Act of 1992 requires Panchayati Raj institutions to be endowed with adequate responsibilities and powers so that they may be enabled to function as “institutions of self-government”. Sweeping legislations are being made across the various states in India to follow up on this amendment. But, this change in perspective and understanding has not yet influenced the thinking of church leadership in India, especially in regard to the nature of church polity and administration.   Read More »»

The Church, Its Calling and Mission

by Rev. Dr. E. C. John
A little over sixty years ago, the Rev.David Chellappa, then Principal of St. Paul’s High School, Bepery, later Bishop in Madras, addressed a Youth Conference at Pallam near Kottayam, attended mostly by mission – oriented college students. His theme was ‘We believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic church’. We felt enlightened and motivated to serve the church and the nation. We were full of hope, longing the dawn of our national independence.   Read More »»

CSI After Sixty Years

by Rev. Dr. K.C. Abraham
In 1947 when the Church of South India was formed I was too young to realise its full impact. Yet, I could sense the excitement in the air, especially of my elders in the family and the Church. As I grew up and studied theology and the history of the Church, I came to know that the formation was an epoch making event.    Read More »»



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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
John 10: 10-11