CALLED OUT, SENT IN

Imagine the consternation of the Romans in the 1st century, when Christians called themselves the ‘ecclesia of the Christ.’ To them this meant they were claiming to be ‘the public legislative assembly of the Liberator.’ Christians were therefore immediately perceived a threat to the Roman empire, who proceeded to put to death thousands of those …

ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR: THE PURSUIT OF PEACE

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas that began with a brutal terror attack by the latter and the disproportionate retaliation by the former has so far led to the death of about 9,000 individuals including a substantial number of women and children, 25,000 wounded, 200 plus Israeli hostages and the displacement of lakhs of …

“WHY TRY?”: A REFLECTION ON WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO DISRUPT THE ‘PEACE’

I was pretty exhausted and brain-fried after a day’s work and two hours of class when a participant in TRACI’s Gender and Biblical Equality Course brought this up. We were on our 7th session and she asked a question that most of us would probably have had for a while: If the church and society …

CHRISTIAN SOLIDARITY IN THE MIDST OF PERSECUTION

Christians in some parts of India have been facing growing persecution on account of their faith at different times due to the rise of religious fundamentalism and the proliferation of hate against religious minorities in India. In 1998, Christians in the Dangs District of Gujarat suffered intense persecution and attacks on Christian institutions. In 2008, …

GENDER CONCERNS AND BIBLICAL EQUALITY

Socially constructed gender norms have produced gender inequalities which clip wings and dwarf personalities. While gender injustice is the fallout of the Fall, deep-rooted gender prejudices masquerading as Scriptural arise from a failure to let Scripture interpret itself to reveal God’s big story. The overarching narrative of Scripture is God’s kingdom being lost to humans …

Evangelical Reading of the Cross in the Context of Political Violence

Introduction 2014 has been a turning point in leading to the spurt of articles, monographs, and discussions related to the topic of political violence[1]. Sections of the society ranging from scholars/academicians, philosophers/intellectuals, politicians, religious heads, and even comedians, have all rendered their views in relation to the context of political violence. This paper intends to …

Understanding and Responding to Job Loss during the pandemic: Where do we stand?

The Covid-19 crisis has been unprecedented in the way it has completely disrupted countries, economies, companies and every person’s life on this planet. The scale of disruption has varied, but undoubtedly this is an undeniable marker in modern history and has irrevocably changed the way in which we look at life and how we operate. …

Pandita Ramabai (1858-1922)

Ramabai was born as the sixth child to Anant Shastri Dongre and Lakshmibai. Her father earned his living by rendering Vedic recitals in temples, teaching and narrating Puranas in public platform and other similar activities as performed by a devout Brahmin. The family lived under severe economic strain. with famine sweeping the region the economic …

Idea of India

One of the placards held by one of the protesters in the Citizens March organized on the 9th of January caught my attention. it said, “Will someone return to me the country that I was proud of as a Child.” the words somehow resonated with me, stirring in my mind the pictures of that India …