The Church of South India is a United and Uniting Church formed on 27th September 1947 as the result of the union of churches of varying traditions such as Anglican, Methodist, Congregational, Presbyterian, and Reformed. Discussions concerning union began at a conference at Tranquebar (now Tarangambadi) in 1919 and in 1947, after India attained independence, the union was completed. After protracted negotiation among the churches concerned, now it is organized into 24 dioceses all over the 5 South-Indian States and Jaffna (Srilanka), each under the spiritual supervision of a Bishop, the Church as a whole is governed by the Synod, which elects a Moderator (presiding Bishop) every 3 years. Episcopacy is thus combined with Synodical Government, and the Church explicitly recognizes that Episcopal, Presbyterian, and Congregational elements are all necessary for the Church’s life. The Scripture is the ultimate standard of faith and practice. The historic Creeds are accepted as interpreting the Biblical faith, and the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are recognized as of binding obligation. A unique Church was born out of the blending of the Episcopal and non - Episcopal traditions as a gift of God to the people of India and as a visible sign of the Ecclesiastical unity for the universal church. The Church of South India is a Hope of more than four Million people.
(Source : csi1947.com)
Events leading to the Formation of the Church of South India
(Source : CSI Life October 2017)
A Church is Born : Church of South India Inauguration
The unification of the Church of South India is considered one of the most important in the Church Union movement, because for the first time after centuries of division, churches with various ministries were brought together in a collective Episcopal Church. The reconciliation it reached between Anglicans and other denominations on the doctrine of apostolic succession is often cited as a landmark in the ecumenical movement. (exhibitions.library.columbia.edu)
This collection of historic photographs is housed at the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University Libraries and used with special permission : https://exhibitions.library.columbia.edu/exhibits/show/church/inauguratingchurch
Photos by Mark Kauffman (LIFE magazine) is taken from https://nalloorlibrary.com/category/csi-church