BIBLE STUDY

A Borderless Church for a Borderless World?


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Thank you for the invitation to lead this Bible study on the borderless Church. I confess it is not a theme that has caught my attention, but I am always grateful for the opportunity to go to our Scriptures to seek understanding for what we are called to in our worship and mission. While my brief internet search suggests the theme of a borderless church has released some energy for some Christians who have responded to the theme, I am concerned the topic may be a distraction for what I suggest is the weightier question of how the church is to live in an increasingly borderless...

Thank you for the invitation to lead this Bible study on the borderless Church. I confess it is not a theme that has caught my attention, but I am always grateful for the opportunity to go to our Scriptures to seek understanding for what we are called to in our worship and mission. While my brief internet search suggests the theme of a borderless church has released some energy for some Christians who have responded to the theme, I am concerned the topic may be a distraction for what I suggest is the weightier question of how the church is to live in an increasingly borderless world.

So first, I will share with you how I have come to the initial conclusion that the theme may be a distraction for our conversation as CSI-global partners. The clue that it may be a distraction comes from a bible study of the Genesis creation story, which helped me to give voice to my own yearning for this gathering and led me to a deeper reflection on what it may mean for us as CSI-global partners to live in a borderless world. St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians provided me with a helpful reflection, which reorientated me to Christ’s cross. There I found a still point that may well be the foundation for our lives together in the family of God, a still point that in drawing us together may well be borderless.

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PRESENTATIONS

Together Towards Fullness of Life: A Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace


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Warm greetings to all of you here present for the Bishops’ Council of the Communion of Churches in India (CCI). It is a pleasure and an honor to be with you this afternoon to present this paper on the overall theme of this gathering, “Together towards Fullness of Life: Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. Thank you for this invitation to deliberate with you on this meaningful subject that is of great relevance to the church at...

Warm greetings to all of you here present for the Bishops’ Council of the Communion of Churches in India (CCI). It is a pleasure and an honor to be with you this afternoon to present this paper on the overall theme of this gathering, “Together towards Fullness of Life: Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. Thank you for this invitation to deliberate with you on this meaningful subject that is of great relevance to the church at large.

We meet under the auspice of the Communion of Churches in India (CCI) as the visible organ for common expression of the life and witness by the founding Churches, the Church of North India (CNI), the Church of South India (CSI) and the Mar Thoma Syrian Church (MTC). These churches recognize themselves as belonging to the one Church of Jesus Christ in India, even while remaining as autonomous churches, each having its own identity of traditions and organizational structures.

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