Thought for the day
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8
A Three-day ‘Divyabodhini Follow up’ Seminar was organized on “Women: The Image of God” by the Church of South India (CSI) Women’s Fellowship during 13th to 15th February 2020 at Bangalore. Total of 42 delegates participated from various Dioceses. The inaugural address was given by Prof. Esther Prasannakumar, President, CSI WF. She lucidly spoke on the topic, which was followed by the keynote session. The keynote address was delivered by Rev. Dr Praveen Perumalla, the Liaison Officer CSI-EMS. His keynote address was extensive which touched the nuances of the programme.
The sessions were facilitated by Rev. Dr Praveen, Prof. Esther Prasannakumar, Dr Ms J. Jasmine Alley; General Secretary CSI WF, and Dr B.J. Parimala Kalarani; Treasurer, CSIWF.
All the sessions were informative and provided the participants with enormous knowledge on "Women: the image of God" and enabled them to re-affirm that women are created equally in the image of God and it is important to shatter the gender-based boundaries.
The entire sessions were interactive and thus effective, where the delegates communicated with the speakers clarifying their doubts and asking interesting questions. The participants were enriched with interactive activities and thought-provoking sessions throughout the programme.
Dr Jasmine Alley
The aim of the Fellowship is to unite the women of the Church and to equip them for Christian witness and make them part of all the programmes of the Church. The Women's Fellowship has been one of the effective bodies of the Church of South India which works towards a meaningful ministry among the needy and poor, oppressed and the marginalized women and children. We as a body of women are 'called to serve' by promoting unity, fellowship and justice. We are also called to equip and empower women to become effective leaders in their families, church and society.
'Arise and Shine' is the Motto of the Women's Fellowship.
The following are some of the activities the Women's Fellowship units are involved at the grassroot level
Addressing the social issues.
Care of the elderly people and the orphan children.
Developing leadership to be one of the parts of the church.
To develop the communities of men and women.
Empowerment of young women to become economically independent.
Poor women upliftment programme.
Re-reading and understanding the Bible from women's perspective.
Caring for the sick and the disabled.
Fellowship of the Least Coin and World Day of Prayer.
Care & Counselling for HIV/AIDS People and their families.
Issue Based Bible Study, Leadership Training for rural pastors’ Wives, Bible Women, Women Missionaries and Missionaries Wives.
Food for All Campaign - “Handful of Rice Movement” Eradicating Hunger-role of women in Church Facilitating collective local responses.
The Women's Fellowship “Food For All” Campaign
In this campaign to combat poverty and hunger. The CSI Women's Fellowship will renew the practice of settling apart a “Handful of Rice” for the poor while cooking. The rice collected by this way will be used locally for combating hunger.
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Bangalore -560 001
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