|ACT INDIA FORUM PRELIMINARY APPEAL PROPOSAL FOR CYCLONE PHAILIN RELIEF AND REHABILITATION PROGRAMME|
ACT INDIA FORUM
I. NARRATIVE SUMMARY
DETAILS OF THE EMERGENCY
The severe cyclonic storm Phailin, which forced the evacuation of over eight lakh people, left a trail of destruction in coastal areas of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh and disrupted communication lines before weakening considerably on Sunday.
Cyclone Phailin, the strongest storm to hit the state in 14 years, flattened homes, uprooted trees and blocked roads in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh states.
|WCC 10th General Assembly in Busan (Korea) From 30th October 2013 to 08th November 2013|
|Written by Administrator|
|Friday, 01 November 2013 17:10|
The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches(WCC) on the Theme- “God of life lead us to justice and peace” - opened as a “New Day” for Ecumenical life at Busan on 30th October 2013.
The gathering prayer of the Assembly was the most colourful celebration- visible in the diverse, vibrant and eclectic gathering of Christians from around the globe in their traditional attire. In the Inaugural Prayer there were 4200 participants, representing 90% of the 340 member churches in the Assembly. Along with the heart of togetherness, in the Assembly Worship, there was a tangible sense of listening to the voice of lamentation from across the continent. The opening Ceremony also reflected on opportunity & hope as in unity we prayed “God of life, lead us to justice and peace’”
Director of CASA (Dr. Sushant Agrawal), in his speech in ecumenical conversation, on the theme “Compelled to Serve: Diakonia and Development in a rapidly changing world” reflected upon the theological understanding of Diakonia, such as “we are called to serve, but not to be served” – Mark -10:45. “I have come to give life in all its fullness.”John-10:10. ; Silver and gold I have none, but what I have, I give unto thee. Act-3:6.
The highlights of his speech were:
He said the signs of the time are global financial crisis; emerging economies; changing communication patterns; shrinking space for civil society; changing lifestyles; growing inequality; inter-religious conflict; and opportunities are to be observed. He challenged can church still be static. The action we need to be relevant is to strategize and up-scale advocacy; active engagement of congregation; declare green pulpit; negotiate with corporate; and ensure that women are equal partners in church agenda.
(Director CASA (Dr. Sushant Agrawal) speaks in the Ecumenical Conversation in the WCC Assembly : 30 Oct 2013)
(Dr. J.A. Oliver (CASA Board Member) responds on ACT Talk on "Good Living" in the WCC Assembly :
(Director CASA along with Dr. John Nduna (General Secretary- ACT Alliance), Dr. Oliver (CASA Board Member), and Ms Jocia Thorat (Project Officer-CASA) at ACT Alliance Stand 3 in the WCC Assembly: 30 Oct 2013)
(Director CASA along with Bishop Sunil Bhanu (Vice Chairperson - CASA), Dr. J.A. Oliver (CASA Board Member) and Ms Jocia Thorat (Project Officer-CASA) at the WCC Assembly Main Corridor : 30 Oct 2013)
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