"Groaning" is an Ecumenical Call, says a Lutheran Theologian
Tuticorin April 10, 2012 The Tamilnad Christian Council (TNCC) deliberated on the NCCI Assembly theme ‘Gospel in a Groaning World’ at the XVI Triennial General Assembly. The TNCC Assembly began with a word of welcome by its Secretary Dr. Esther Kathiroli, who went on to to share about the NCCI and its forthcoming XXVII Quadrennial Assembly and its theme. Rev. Christopher Rajkumar representing the NCCI at the TNCC assembly brought Greetings on behalf of the National Council. Rev. Dr. Samuel Meshack, the Principal of the Concordia Theological College, Nagarcoil and the President to the WACC-Asia Pacific delivered the keynote address. Dr. Meshack reflected on the theme ‘The Gospel in a Groaning World’. He referred to Groaning as a longing for liberation or redemption. Groaning is a communication; it communicates ‘relationships’, ‘concern’ and ‘commitment’. Every groaning always ends in victory. Groaning is an experience and exposure. When creation is groaning, we humans, along with Spirit of God, are expected to groan for the liberation of creation through prayers and liberative activities. Groaning is both subjective and objective, he said. Finally he called the Ecumenical Movement to groan along with the groans of all creatures, particularly the vulnerable, for liberation. He asserted that it is an Ecumenical Call today. He invited the present Ecumenical Movements to introspect as they listen to the Groanings of the vulnerable. This would imply the articulation of new and relevant faith expressions and actions addressing the groans of all creatures, thereby facilitating and accompanying their liberation. The Ecumenical Assembly of TNCC will deliberate on the theme for two days along with its business sessions and prioritize their programmes for the next triennium.