Indian Disability Ecumenical Accompaniment

INDIAN DISABILITY ECUMENICAL ACCOMPANIMENT (IDEA)

Indian Disability Ecumenical Accompaniment (IDEA) is an initiative of the Commission on Justice, Peace and Creation of the National Council of Churches in India with faithful commitment to the liberative Gospel of Christ in accompanying ‘Persons With Disabilities’ (PWD) in order to affirm their respect, equality and dignity

The NCCI affirms that, Persons with disability (both physically and mentally challenged) are created in the Image of God, and therefore full and active members of the church. They are also full citizens of the State and therefore are entitled to all basic rights of a citizen.

The NCCI asserts that the Church is the Church OF all and the Church FOR all.  Therefore by initiating IDEA, the NCCI reaffirms that “A Church without the disabled is a disabled church”, and therefore churches need to be aware and concerned about the facts of disability. This is because, the church as a body of Christ will be disabled without the presence and agency of the disabled.

NCCI also affirms that the churches have pioneered for long in expressing their compassion by engaging in several charitable activities. Drawing insights from the gospel narratives, the NCCI affirms that ministries among persons with disabilities should have the liberative motive of ‘realizing’ communities of equals.

Therefore, the Working Committee, Executive Committee and the General Body of the National Council of Churches in India deems it urgent to facilitate the Indian Christian Faith Communities and the Society in addressing the issue of disability responsibly in the contemporary context by approving IDEA as a Standing Forum of the NCCI facilitated by the Commission on Justice, Peace and Creation of the NCCI through  the resolution vide no 35/EC/2014. Earlier in 2011…….. The General Body of NCCI approved a Sunday before Advent as the Disability Advocacy Sunday. This year it falls on the 23rd Nov 2014.

At this juncture of entering the threshold of the next century and as a gesture of radical solidarity with the discriminated and marginalised  in its 100 years of faith Journey, NCCI launches IDEA as one of its urgent  concerns in the contemporary context on 6th Nov 2014 at the NCCI Centenary Celebrations in Nagpur.

Ms. Cynthia Shinde

Coordinator, IDEA

idea@ncci1914.com

National Ecumenical Forum for Gender and Sexual Minorities

NATIONAL ECUMENICAL FORUM FOR GENDER AND SEXUAL MINORITIES (NEFGSM)

The National Ecumenical Forum for Gender and Sexual Diversities (NEFGSD) is an initiative of the Commission on Justice, Peace and Creation of the National Council of Churches in India as an expression of faithful commitment to the liberative Gospel of Christ in accompanying the Gender and Sexual Minorities in order to affirm their respect, equality and dignity

The NCCI affirms that gender and sexuality is a divine gift, and hence God intends us to celebrate this divine gift in committed and consensual relationships. It is in such celebrations of our gender and sexuality that we grow into the fullness of our humanity, and experience God in a special way.

The NCCI believes that the Church as ‘Just and Inclusive Community’ is called to become a community without walls to reach out to people who are stigmatized and demonized, and be a listening community to understand their pains, desires, and hopes.

Therefore the NCCI  envisions Church as a space for the ostracized who thirst for understanding, friendship, love, compassion and solidarity, and to join in their struggles to live out their God-given lives.

Therefore, the Working Committee, Executive Committee and the General Body of the National Council of Churches in India deems it urgent to facilitate the Indian Christian Faith Communities and the Society in addressing the issue of Gender and Sexuality responsibly in the contemporary context by approving the NEFGSD as a Standing Forum of the NCCI facilitated by the Commission on Justice, Peace and Creation through  the resolution vide no35/EC/2014. At this juncture of entering the threshold of its next century and as a gesture of radical solidarity with the stigmatized and discriminated in its 100 years of faith Journey, NCCI launches NEFGSM as one of its urgent concerns of the contemporary context it on 6th Nov 2014 at the NCCI Centenary Celebrations in Nagpur.