NCCI Secretariat gets a new vehicle

DSC03824National Council of Churches in India secretariat needed a two wheeler for official uses.

We are grateful to South Andhra Lutheran Church for supporting the work of NCCI, their most recent expression being funds to enable this purchase.

Rev. Dr. Roger Gaikwad (General Secretary, NCCI) and staff team prayed over it and we hope that it will be used for the glory of God and the furtherance of the work of NCCI at the secretariat.

The XXVIII Quadrennial Assembly of NCCI declared the names of office bearers for the new quadrennium 2016 – 2020


IMG_7361Rt. Rev. Dr. P. C. Singh

Bishop of Jabalpur Diocese, Church of North India since 2004; Deputy Moderator of Church of North India since 2014.
About him:

Under his able leadership as Bishop of Jabalpur Diocese, CNI, many magnificent projects have been successfully completed including several new institutions. His generosity and geniality are most encouraging. His vision and leadership is a widely acknowledged as exemplary and inspiring.

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Rev. Dr. Luther Paul passes away

bishopRev. Dr. Luther Paul  passed away at around 8.30 P.M. on Friday, the 15th April, 2016 at Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad.  Rev. Dr. Paul, 59, an ordained minister of the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church served for about 20 years in various parishes of the AELC prior to being seconded to serve the ACTC as a member of the faculty and later as Principal of the Andhra Christian Theological College, prior to joining the A. P. Council of Churches as its Executive Secretary in April 2014.  Within the 4 years tenure as Principal of ACTC, he was instrumental in building a huge chapel with a cellar for programme facilities; a women centre, workers housing, hostels and library renovations etc. and thus created revenue generating assets for the college.  As Executive Secretary of the APCC, he was also responsible for Hudhud disaster mitigation, renovating 139 Households in Eduruvaripalem near Vishakapatnam in cooperation with the CASA.

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NCCI XXVIII Quadrennial Assembly 2016

quadrennial assembly logo blackNCCI XXVIII Quadrennial Assembly 2016 (Jabalpur | April 27 – 30, 2016) is a much anticipated event as the gathering will contemplate and review the call and commitment of the Indian Ecumenical Movement by focusing the Assembly activities including the Business Sessions on the theme:

“Towards Just and Inclusive Communities”.

For more information please see the Assembly website

Kindly pray for the Assembly that it may be a blessing for all.

Thank you.
XXVIII Quadrennial Assembly Team, NCCI.

Praxis Dimension of Prayer : United in Prayer Reflecting Prayer in Action Women’s Fellowships Promoting Child Rights on World Day of Prayer

with cuban AmbassadorNurturing Church Women’s Spirituality for Justice and Peace and promoting World Day of Prayer   (WDP)  is one of the priority focuses of All India Council of Christian Women ( AICCW). WDP is a global, ecumenical movement of Christian women joined together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday of March. The Motto of WDP is “Informed Prayer & Prayerful Action” signifies that prayer and action are inseparable.  WDP unites church women in prayer in 170 countries.

In 2016 WDP resource material focuses on Cuba and is prepared by Cuba WDP Committee and contexualized by  AICCW. The theme is ‘Receive Children, Receive Me’. Throughout the month of March in India Women’s Fellowship of  different member churches commemorated WDP. AICCW gave a clarion call to churches to pray for Cuba and also promote Child Rights, Child Protection Polices and engage in advocacy to end Child abuse.

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NCCI NEWS app for Android devices

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NCCI NEWS app for AndroidTM devices on Google PlayTM
Download the app on your mobile device.


An Easter Reflection from Rev. Dr. Roger Gaikwad, General Secretary of NCCI.

empty_tomb11Resurrection Experience in This Life itself! 

The resurrection of Jesus has significance not only for life after death but also for our life here and now. The resurrection of Jesus is not merely good news for individuals in their personal lives, but it has collective significance for human history and all creation. Over the centuries, Christians seem to have become content with the good news of the resurrection in terms of the hope of life it offers after death. Human beings in general do not want to die. Our survival instinct has made us afraid of death. Christ’s resurrection gives us comforting assurance: “We will not die! We will come back to life!” Funeral sermons usually focus on this hope. Quite often our hymns give expression to such a faith affirmation. Addressing some disappointed people in his times who considered Jesus to be a great martyr, whose message and ministry came to a premature end with his crucifixion, Paul declared, ‘If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” (I Cor. 15: 19) However, today perhaps Paul would tell many Christians, “If for life after death only we believe in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”

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Bail granted to one of the 7 innocent convicts of Kandhamal.

gornathMessage received from Mr. Anto Akkara

Great Victory for Kandhamal’s Innocents – Christ is Risen!!!!

Bail granted to one of the 7 innocent convicts of Kandhamal.

On March 22, the Odisha high court granted one-month bail to Gornath Chalanseth – one of the 7 innocent Christians – undergoing life imprisonment for Swami Laxmanananda’s ‘murder’. The bail order has come a day after I got a call from the National Human Rights Commission – 19 days into the signature campaign for the release of the innocent I launched in New Delhi at great risk.

Thanks for all those who have signed petition.

Remember each signature at generates three instant emails to the Chief Justice of India, the President of India and the National Human Rights Commission Chairman.

Request: Pls join the signature campaign for the release of the innocent convicts. The greater the  numbers the faster the innocent Christians will be released.I plead once again – lend your voice to the innocents. Link one and all and ask them to sign as a Lenten Act


Here’s Gornath pic and his story. You can read the shocking story of other innocents at ‘7 innocents’ at

Source: Mr. Anto Akkara

Report of Citizen Journalism National Consultation and Training Program

2A Citizen Journalism national consultation and training program “Pathways to Digital Frontiers: Communication Rights and Inclusion” was organized from March 11 – 12, 2016 in Panjim, Goa. It’s a program of the Commission on Communications and Relations of National Council of Churches in India (NCCI-COCR), Christian Service Agency (CSA) and World Association for Christian Communication (WACC). There were 30 participants of various profiles: Theologians, Church leaders and Pastors, Social Workers, Community Development workers, Grassroots community enablers, heads of Institutions, Heads of NGOs, Communication leaders, and publishers. Many of NCCI’s constituent member bodies and all major regions from across India were represented. The concept of Citizen Journalism as communicated in the course of this national consultation and training program was a serious take on the responsibility and privilege to enable information sharing by developing communication pathways to digital frontiers in a way that opens up possibilities for advocacy and self-advocacy towards wider engagement, inclusion and ensuring communication rights.

Sing the Song of Love ….Rise! Strike! Dance! to Break the Silence and Puncture the Culture of Gender Based Violence

One Billion Rising Join the Revolution – Break the Silence 

1 in 3 women across the planet continue to face domestic  violence or raped during her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. Every February through March 8th, thousands of ‘Risings’ take place in hundreds of countries across the world and within local communities – to show the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors of various forms of violence face. People around the world rise through dance to express rage against injustices, and the power of global solidarity and collective action. They dance to express joy and community and celebrate the fact that together, violence can be defeated. They rise to show a determination to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable
This Lenten season as we observed Valentine’s Day on 14 February 2016 and also International Women’s Day is on threshold ( March 8),  All India Council of Christian Women the Women’s Wing of National Council of Churches in India invites fellow pilgrims of justice and peace to engage in advocacy to end the culture of gender based violence.  Join the revolution “One Billion Rising” against violence on women, girls and children by ‘Breaking the Silence’ and engaging in advocacy activities during this period ( 14th February – 8th March.)
We invite you, your church and women’s fellowship, organization to accompany us and promote AICCW’s Campaign “365 Days Zero Tolerance to Gender Based Violence: Make it Happen Now” in your own churches, communities and families.
“Sing the Song of Love … Strike! Dance! Rise! Break the Silence”
You sang the songs of love to mum when I was in her womb
But when I was born why did you abandon me and mum because I am a girl child?
You went to church regularly
Read the scripture that both male and female are created in image of God
Then why did you deny me of the same privileges of education as my brother?
You kissed me with bunch of red roses on Valentine’s Day 
Walked me down the aisle with proud smile on your face
You said I am your beloved and better half 
But then why did you torture me for dowry?
You said that you love me more than your life
But tell me why did you batter me day after day?
Why did you choke my voice with your threats?
Why do you instill fear in me and make me carry the burden of guilt and shame?
You told me I am a talented and hard working woman
But yet   you paid me less than my male colleagues for same work?
In work place you have ‘Gender Justice Polices’ safe in crimson paper files
Tell me then why I am deprived of my dignity and rights in work place?
You said the church is safe place for women a place for healing 
But then why was I wounded when I broke the silence?
Tell me why you prayed and then glorified my pain as sacrifice and a virtue?
You preach from pulpit ‘Discipleship of Equals’  
 Tell me why then you do not acknowledge me and my sisters to be part of body of Christ.
You say we are called to be stewards in Creator’s Oikos 
But then why do you pollute our rivers take away our natural resources?
Why do you harness the rhythms of our   rivers with dams and control flow of water?
Tell me why I cannot give fresh drinking water to my children?
Tell me why I spend hours in the field under the blazing copper sun sowing rice saplings
Yet my children go to bed hungry craving for a hot bowl of rice.
You empower people on climate change and fund our projects
But then why do you dump nuclear wastes in our seas?
Tell me why in the name of development you plunder and rape mother earth?
Why you fight wars and kill people for oil and water?
Why do you rape our daughters and their bodies become battle field to shame our community and nation?
Why do you take away our lands where the spirit of our ancestors dwells?
And force us to migrate to unknown lands?
Tell me why you make us refugees
And our sons terrorists and daughters sexual slaves ?
Sisters and brothers Rise! Strike! Dance! 
Sing songs of love stripped of violence to break the silence,
Rise as Christ has risen to set us free.
Our hope is the empty tomb.
Strike hard to break free from shackles of bondage of violent love
Dance with rhythms of power of   broken body to share your stories
Beat the drums of your soul to break the silence.
Sing the song of love to heal one another.
Sisters and brothers Rise! Strike! Dance!
Puncture the culture of gender based violence.
Reflection by : Moumita Biswas ( Executive Secretary – All India Council of Christian Women)

Advocacy Resource Material : All India Council of Christian Women – Women’s wing NCC India