Santalia Council of Churches organised its yearly event ‘Ecumenical Dhorom Sabha’ from October 26 – 29, 2017 at CNI Mission, Taljhari, Dist Sahibganj, Santal Parganas, Jharkhand. More than 5000 delegates from Santal Churches of Assam, Bihar, Bengal & Jharkhand participated in this event. Rev. Dr. Roger Gaikwad, General Secretary, NCCI was the Chief Guest and the Main Speaker for the event. The Keynote address was delivered by Moderator Emeritus The Most Rev. Dr. Philip P. Marandi, CNI. The theme for this year was taken from Mathew 5:41. The Most Rev. B. Murmu, Moderator, NELC, Rt. Rev. B.B. Baskey, Diocese of Chotanagpur, CNI, Rt. Rev. Sushil Tudu of NELC and Rev. Emmanuel Chitrakar, Pakur District Superintendent of the Bengal Regional Conference of Methodist Church in India, were among other dignitaries present during the Dhorom Sabha. Rev. Francis Hansdak and Rev. Pradip Hansdak shared responsibility in smooth functioning of the entire programme.
Rev. Dr. Roger Gaikwad spoke on the theme “Solidarity in Christ: Bearing one another’s burden”. He focussed on the need to come together as a bigger inclusive congregation supporting the cause of Adivasi people in the region. He encouraged us to ‘speak up’ and ‘stand ﬁrm’ in difﬁcult times and situations faced by our community. Among other activities, Cultural expressions from different regions were a special attraction in the event. Conveners of the event: Mr. Karan Kisku, Rev. Pradip Hansdak, Mr. Gopal Baskey, Mr. Ashok Hembrom, Mr. Sudhir Murmu, Mr. Joshua, Mrs. Bonolata, Dr. Sushil Hansdak & Mr. Rahul Murmu. The event would not have been successful without the help and support of Mrs. Lily Murmu, Mr. Neeraj Hembrom, Mrs. Rita Murmu, Mrs. Sangeeta and Local congregation and Youth volunteers.
Joy Raj Eric Tudu
Secretary, Santalia Council of Churches
Santal Parganas, Jharkhand, India.