“Demand ethics in economic development,” CBCI Office for Justice and Peace tells Christian activists in the North East

April 25, 2013 by  
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workshop on Catholic Social TeachingAssam,  April 24, 2013: At a two-day workshop on Catholic Social Teaching, the CBCI Office for Justice, Peace and Development (OJPD) called upon the Christian activists in North East India to demand ethics in economic development. “The kind of developmental model that is pursued in India, while favouring a few, remains detrimental to the livelihood and sustenance of a large section of the society,” said Fr Charles Irudayam, OJPD Secretary, while facilitating the workshop.

The CBCI Office for Justice, Peace and Development (OJPD) conducted a workshop on Catholic Social Teaching for 30 participants comprising of priests, nuns and human rights activists at North East Diocesan Social Service Society (NEDSSS) Joypur, Guwahati, in Assam,on 19 and 20 April 2013. Through the two-day workshop, OJPD aimed to develop a coordinating effort for just society, and to foster solidarity among the church groups to make a difference in the Northeast Region.

The workshop consisted of input sessions, sharing, focus group discussions and open visual documentary shows. The workshop was facilitated by a team of experts comprising of Fr. Rudolf Hereida S.J, Fr. Melvil Pereira S.J, Director of North East Social Research Centre (NESRC) Guwahati, Mr. Allen Brooks, Former Secretary, Minority Commission, Assam, who is presently President, Catholic Council of NE India, Fr. Ravi Sagar, director of Legal Cell for Human Rights (LCHR) Guwahati, Sr. Molly DBI, and Mr Francis A. Maringmei, besides Fr. Charles Irudayam. Fr. Varghese Velickakam, Director of North East Diocesan Social Service Society (NEDSSS) was the convenor of the workshop. The outcome of the workshop was the realisation among the participants that the Church has a larger role to play than that of being a good ‘Samaritan’.

– Secretary, CBCI Office for Justice, Peace and Development

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