TRACI was established in 1972, in a consultation held in Union Biblical Seminary, Yavatmal, Maharashtra, with the primary objective of research and in turn diffuse Christian knowledge and literature for the benefit and welfare of the society. Later in 1975 under the leadership of Rev. Bruce J Nichols it got registered in New Delhi and started functioning from Greater Kailash II, New Delhi. Apart from many Interserve partners and UBS faculties, Mr. Vishal Mangalwadi, Rev. C B Samuel, Rev. Dr. Christopher Rajkumar and Rev, Dr. Valson Thampu along with other Christian leaders gave leadership to TRACI at different times. TRACI Journals, Christian Mind Series and Publications were the results of reflections and research by the community.
Research and reflections resulted in publications like Journals, Christian Mind Series and around 22 books. A forum was generated to reflect on relevant issues of the society and initiatives are taken in the field of arts and communications. TRACI has developed many Christian thinkers and writers who in turn has contributed much to the society, Church and missions. It is continuing to influence young scholars in theological colleges and universities through its writings, reflections, seminars, conferences, consultations, lectures, internships, research and retreats.
The vision of transformation of our society is disseminated through reflective writings by means of occasional papers, journal articles and books and by organizing learning events like seminars, workshops and consultations on issues relevant for church and society. TRACI works towards advancing and nurturing a culture of justice, equity, creativity and peace in our society.
“Facilitating integrated response and transformative engagements through theological reflections on contemporary and relevant issues, by communities of followers of Jesus Christ”.
TRACI DOCTRINES AND PRINCIPLES OF FAITH
The work of the Society shall be conducted in accordance with the following Doctrines of Faith:
(a) The divine inspiration of the Holy Bible of the sixty-six books of the Old Testament and the New Testament, its consequent uniqueness, entire trustworthiness, and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
(b) The Triune personal and eternal God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, creator and sustainer of all.
(c) The full deity and humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ, his representative and substitutionary death, his bodily resurrection and personal return in glory to consummate his Kingdom.
(d) The dignity of man, created in the image of God, his subsequent universal sinfulness, his need of redemption and justification through personal repentance and through faith in Christ alone, crucified and raise from the dead.
(e) The Holy Spirit who regenerates, indwells, and sanctifies, enabling the Christian to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus and to serve responsibly in the contemporary world.
(f) The resurrection of all men either to eternal life or eternal death.
(g) The unity in our Lord Jesus Christ of all believers, who comprise the Church.