Church of South India plans to hold Bishops' Council in Dubai
The Church of South India (CSI), the successor of the Church of England in India, will hold the first UAE Bishop Council between Jan.30 and Feb.1 in Dubai in an effort to better involve its people in the Persian Gulf countries in the Church's programs. All the 22 bishops from Church of South India and some 2,000 delegates from Gulf countries of Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait and UAE are scheduled to take part in the three-day event that starts tomorrow. The common service with the Holy Communion will be arranged for the entire CSI congregation from the UAE and Gulf countries on Feb. 1 Friday at the Holy Trinity Church, Dubai, said Durairaj, Program Organizer.
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A general meeting of the believers will be held at 4pm on February 01 in which over 2,000 representatives are expected to participate and the the council will discuss further cooperation in bringing all believers together as well as future plans associated with humanitarian efforts of the church through their Good Samaritan Fund, Durairaj added. Most Rev.G.Devakadasham, Moderator of Church of South India and Bishop of CSI, Kanyakumari Diocese will be the chief guest.
Durairaj said that in the UAE, the church members exceed 100,000, the second largest after Roman Catholics. The CSI group in the UAE is largely involved in charity and humanitarian activities such as helping prisoners, visiting labor camps, helping dead body repatriation and medical support.
The group is running over 2,000 schools, over 125 colleges and 104 hospitals in different Indian states. One of the most prominent hospitals where even Arab nationals frequently visit is the famous Vellore Christian Medical College Hospital in Tamil Nadu.