Searching for harmony in building up the nation today

October 6, 2014 by  
Filed under newsletter-india

communal harmonyMumbai, October 01, 2014: On Sunday, 21st September 2014, CRI Mumbai unit organised a Panel Discussion on the theme: ‘Searching for Harmony In Building up the Nation Today’ at Canossa Convent, Mahim from 3.30 – 7:00 pm. Nearly 175 religious sisters, brothers and priests were present.

The Moderator for the Panel Discussion was Dr. Astrid Lobo Gajiwala and the Guest Speakers, Fr. Allwyn D’Silva, Adv. Flavia Agnes, Pastor K I Dyvasirvadam (CNI), Fr. Frazer Mascarenhas SJ and Fr. Francis D’Britto.

It began with an opening prayer that led the group to pray for peace and harmony.

The welcome address was then given by the newly elected President – Sr Licia Puthuparambil SMI. She thanked the previous leadership team and especially Sr Noella D’Souza MCJ, the outgoing President of the CRI Mumbai Unit.

She then introduced the new executive service team: Br Agnelo Benjamin CFC (Vice President), Fr Cleophas Braganza SDB (Secretary), Sr Philomena Machado DHM (Treasurer), and Core Team members.

She informed the gathering about the National CRI Meeting to be held in Delhi from 30th October to 1st November at CRI House Delhi, to discuss and plan for the upcoming Year of Consecrated Life as proposed by Pope Francis.

At the Panel Discussion, the Speakers and Moderator kept the assembly intent and interested as they spoke from their experience on how best we religious could respond to the political situation of the country as it is presently evolving a change in governmental attitude, policy, decisions and declarations, which does not augur well for the unity, peace, harmony and well-being of all citizens in our nation.

The speakers were chosen from different areas of expertise viz. education, social justice, social work, ecumenism, inter-faith dialogue, etc. for the audience to receive different perspectives on this issue.

The topics discussed were: increase of communalism in educational institutions, loss of support to minority rights groups, growing economic advantages of the elite, social justice issues to be the starting point of networking in our parishes, a need for inter-religious youth groups for better networking, solidarity with other minority groups, especially in social issues.

Valuable suggestions were offered: to learn the local language (Marathi) to serve well in Maharashtra and Mumbai, awareness through the local vernacular newspapers, involvement in the day to day lives of the people, identification through our ways, choices and cultural attitudes with our nation.

Strategies proposed were: promoting the common good, rather than only our own minority group, good relationship with security groups, prayer to be the constant practice in order to counter the evil forces, need for institutions to be alert and active in sensitizing and conscientising the students whom we educate.

To crown it all, the need for all Christians to be united specially church leaders, similar to the planned and united efforts of the forces that seem to work against us.

After the speakers, the floor was opened for the assembly to voice their opinions and questions which increased the intellectual and experiential pitch of the discussion.. This added taste to the entire panel discussion.

– Sr. Joeyanna D’Souza fsp

Enter Google AdSense Code Here

Speak Your Mind

Tell us what you're thinking...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!