The Church of South India is the result of the union of churches of varying traditions Anglican, Methodist, Congregational, Presbyterian, and Reformed. The discussions concerning union had begun at a conference at Tranquebar (now Tarangambadi) in 1919, and in 1947, after India attained independence, the union was completed. On 27th September 1947, the General council of Church of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon, General Assembly of South India United Church and South India Provincial Synod of Methodist Church joined together to form the CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA as the largest united national church in India
The union, especially in its reconciliation of the Anglican doctrine of apostolic succession with the views of other denominations, is often cited as a landmark in the ecumenical movement. The union, especially in its reconciliation of the Anglican doctrine of apostolic succession with the views of other denominations, is often cited as a landmark in the ecumenical movement. The church accepts the Lambeth Quadrilateral as its basis and recognizes the historical episcopate in its constitutional form.
Organized into 24 dioceses with 15,900 local congregations with 4.2 million members worldwide, each under the spiritual supervision of a bishop, the church as a whole is governed by a synod, which elects a moderator (presiding bishop) every 2 years. The church runs 2,600 schools, 150 colleges and 104 hospitals in South India. In the 1960s the church became conscious of its social responsibility and started organizing rural development projects. There are 50 such projects all over India, 50 training centers for young people and 600 residential hostels for a total of 90,000 children.
Being the largest Protestant church in India, the CSI celebrates her life with Indian culture and spirituality and raises its voice for the voiceless on matters of justice, peace and integrity of creation. Sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the people of India through proclamation of the good news of Jesus; responding to human need through institutional and emergency relief work; through community development projects and skill training programs for the marginalized. The Church of South India from her inception has been as active member of the national and international ecumenical Organizations such as the National Council of Churches in India (NCC), the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), the World of Council of Churches (WCC), the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC), the Council for World Mission in Southwest Germany (EMS), the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC). Her Ecumenical relations also extend to Uniting Church in Australia, the Church in Scotland, the Uniting Protestant Churches in the Netherlands, Common Global Ministries Board, and Reformed Churches in America, Presbyterian Church in US, Episcopal Church in America and Presbyterian Church in Republic of Korea.
Vision & Objectives
The role and responsibility of CSI Malayalam Parish, Dubai will be ensuring
Children and Youth give us an important dimension to the development of churches. Continual presence of youth in our church will determine the success of this endeavor. On the flip side the absence of youth from our worship sessions will surely be the sign of a fading congregation. Effective planning will sustain youth and thus life in the church.