The Women’s Concern Ministry of National Council of Churches in India organized an Ecumenical Consultation on Women Catalyst of Change . This consultation was organized in partnership with Diocesan Women’s Fellowship of Christian Service (DWFCS), North East Diocese – Church of North India on 18th February 2018 in Christ Church , Guwahati, Assam.
60 women church leaders from Baptist Church, Church of North India, Presbyterian Church in India, North East India Council of Churches, and The Salvation Army from different parts of Assam and Meghalaya attended this Consultation. Prior to this consultation an Ecumenical Worship was organized to commemorate World Day of Prayer (WDP) 2018 in Christ Church from 8:30am – 10:00 am. Women leaders of DWFCS conducted the WDP worship reflecting on the theme ” All God’s Creation is Very Good”.
Drawing from the WDP resource material produced by WDP Committee of Suriname, Rev Moumita Biswas delivered the key message about women’s power in protecting God’s created order . She cited contextual examples about how taking care of wet lands can be an answer to climate change . Rev Biswas cited the example of 37 years old women Purnima Burman of Assam who engaged women and villagers to protect the storks or Hargila birds and their nestling grounds the wetlands of Assam. She also reflected how women in the North East India in state of Nagaland are practicing organic and contour farming using indigenous skills to save water and prevent soil erosion . Such efforts have resulted improving women’s living condition and promoting food security.