As part of the Unity Octave, the National Council of Churches in India organized an Ecumenical Youth Music Concert on 18th January (Thursday) 2018, at Sristhi Lawn, NCCI Campus, Nagpur, on the theme “Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power (Ex. 15:6).” The main focus of the concert was to enlarge ecumenical rapport and togetherness among the Christians, especially Youth, spreading the message of peace and unity through music in the midst of the rising atmosphere of turmoil and intolerance in our society.
Opening Prayer was said by Mr. Peter Sebastian, NCCI Intern and Mr. Jianthaolung Gonmei, Executive Secretary, NCCI-Youth Concerns welcomed the invitees and the participants as well as gave a brief introduction of the Unity Octave.
Different forms of music such as bhajan, choir, male voice, qawwali and western were presented in various languages – English, Hindi, Latin, Malayalam, Marathi and Mizo. Choreography, group dance and a skit on unity were also performed by various organizations.Churches, seminaries and organizations from different Christian faith communities in and around Nagpur participated in the event. The participants were from St. Ursula Girls High School, St. Charles Seminary, St. Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary (STOTS), Talking Hands Restaurant, Nagpur Christian Art Ministry, NDC Boys Hostel, CNI St. Thomas Church (Hanuman Nagar), Mizo Fellowship, and North East Christian Fellowship.
Two readings of the scripture were delivered: Ms. Abigail Lalawmpuii Gaikwad from Exodus 15: 2, 6(a), 21(b) and Ms. Shyreeti Christopher from John 17: 17-23, and the prayer for unity was offered by Mr. Jatin Barse from Kentwood Community Church. Ms. Wapangyingla Ao, NCCI Intern proposed the vote of thanks and the program concluded with prayer by Mr. Saurabh Khobradade, NCCI Intern. The entire programme was anchored by Ms. Romena Gorai, SCMI-NCCI Intern.
The Ecumenical Youth Music Concert was filled with delightful experiences where both the performers and the audience were inspired through the presentations that paved the way for an opportunity to widen the space of learning and reasoning and welcoming all humanity leading towards love and unity of all.
Ms. Wapangyingla Ao
Intern, NCCI-Youth Concerns