Church of South India



Astounding History

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

Meaningful worship

Relational Fellowship

Practical Witnessing

Visible Unity

Priorities

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.



Church of South India logo and the motto

The cross is red (for life) and the lotus is saffron (for holiness).

The motto comes from John 17:21. The church includes Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists and United Reformed congregations.

The cross represents Jesus’ death for us, bringing freedom from sin. The other design in the logo is the lotus flower from India, which is a traditional picture of God being near us. The lotus grows out of mud, like the beauty and purity that can grow in our lives out of Jesus’ sacrifice.

Lotus, a typical Indian flower, is a temple flower. According to Mythology, Lotus is supposed to be the seat of the creator. “Pankajam” one of the Indian names of lotus has a very significant meaning; it means ‘that born in mud’. This flower blossom at the sunrise and withers away after sunset, in other words it lives as long as it receives the sunrays, hence it is also called ‘THAMMIPUVE’ the flower of the sun. All these meanings are attributed to the flower suit us well to interpret the position, nature and role of the people in the bond of union. The petals of the lotus and the cross are beautifully kitted together with the fiery-tongues of the Holy Spirit. It is an authentic Indian expression of people’s communion with God. The original colors, red (for life) and purple (for piety and ecclesiastical) in white backdrop implicitly communicate the nature of the mystical union, where, an inseparable companionship is established, which, again, a typical Indian thought form. The words “THAT THEY ALL MAY BE ONE, CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA” are embossed in a circle round the lotus and the cross. The words are taken from the high priestly prayer of Jesus Christ who prayed not only for the ‘Church’ but also for the whole world. Placing the words in a form of circle, a symbol that also represents the universe portrays this universality.

“That they all may be one; that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. (John 17:21)”, is an inclusive affirmation which explicitly shows Christ being the center and the church, his body. Since it is also, the prayer of the Church that it is not only churches but all people of India to be united, a prayer for national integration is well taken care of in the emblem.

The imposing central position of the cross in the logo conveys the idea that it was the indefatigable, selfless supreme sacrifice that was made by Jesus on the cross is the basis of the Church. Cross runs through the lotus, as it is painted; it depicts the cleansing act of the cross, working in the hearts of its members, helping to get rid of the mud in which we were born and restoring us to the pristine purity.