A three-day round table meeting of the United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India (UELCI) kicked off in Ranchi on Sunday with a call for increased co-ordination among churches of the country.
More than 40 delegates from the US, Canada, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and from across the country have turned up in the state capital for the meet on “Lutheran Identity”.
UELCI is a conglomerate of 11 Lutheran churches in India.
Members of the conglomerate meet once in two years to review their activities, facilitate capacity building in churches, support developmental programmes of social concern, screen project proposals of member churches and draw up guidelines for future.
Inaugurating the meeting, A.G. Augustine Jeya Kumar, executive secretary, UELCI, apprised delegates of the initiatives taken by member churches to provide relief to cyclone-hit victims at Tamil Nadu this year.
Other services undertaken include providing healthcare facilities to HIV patients, conducting women empowerment and entrepreneurship programmes et al.
Franklin Ishida from Evangelical Lutheran Church in America presented a paper on “Companionship” in which he argued that though man and woman went against God’s wish and committed sin by eating the forbidden apple, the Almighty never gave up hope on his own creations.