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World without Arm and War

Commission on Justice, Peace and Creation
National Council of Churches in India

Report

“World without Arm and War” emphasized in a National Workshop on Peace

Nagpur, Oct 1st, 2012. A three day “National Workshop on Companions of Peace” was successfully held at the ‘Convention Hall of the NCCI head quarters here in Nagpur. The workshop aimed to train 45 men, women and youth from all over India to train them to be a “Companions of Peace” to handle the conflict situations effectively in our societies at large.

Rt. Rev. Dr. Paul Dupare, the CNI Bishop of Nagpur Diocese inaugurated the Workshop. Bishop. Dupare encouraged the participants to involve in transforming the family conflicts since the high rates in family problems have become the root cause for every problem of our today’s society. Rev. S. M. Chandorikar the District Superintendent of the Methodist Church in India challenged the participants by asking them to address the caste and discrimination against few communities in our societies. Rev. Koshy of the Mar Thoma Church greeted the participants with the words that, Peace should be the main principal of the entire human community. And the Christian faith calls the entire human community to be a peace maker since, blessed are the peace-makers. Rev. Asir Ebenezer of NCCI welcomed the participants to be part of the larger family of Companions of Peace as peace ambassadors and agents of peace. and Rev. Samuel Logan Ratnaraj of UELCI proposed the vote of thanks.

Rev. R. Christopher Rajkumar explained the ways to understand the dynamics of conflicts and basic techniques for peace making. In his theme presentation he said, no arm at any point would bring peace so, we need to vision for world without arm and war.

Prof. Dr. Yugal Rayalu, the Vice-president of All India Peace and Solidarity Organization, delivered the key note address. He said, the time has come to make “Peace” as the religion of the World. Further he said, we need to be part of a community which strives and live for peace of the world. Rev. Fr. Aswin Fernandis, the Chairperson of the NCCI –CJPC, and Rev. Samuel Logan Ratnaraj of UELCI have led the morning worships and Rev. Ch. Sweety Helen, Executive Secretary, Commission on youth, conducted the closing Eucharist worship with collective consecration which was found meaningful and challenging.

Dr. John Chelladurai facilitated the workshop to understand the personal conflicts, conflicts in the society and ways to respond to the conflict as companions of peace. This workshop is a joint activity of the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) and the United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India (UELCI).

Reported by:
Rev. Samuel Logan Ratnaraj,                                           Rev. R. Christopher Rajkumar
Project Manager,                                                              Executive Secretary,
United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India               Commission on Justice, Peace and Creation, NCCI