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Symposium on ‘Justice for Dalits’ begins tomorrow

ICC Note


About 100 leaders from churches, ecumenical organisations and Dalit initiatives are expected to participate in the event to explore strategies to eradicate caste in society and implore the role of Church in this relevant mission engagement.


10/21/2010 India (Christian Today) – The National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) will kickstart a major ecumenical conference on ‘Justice for Dalits’ beginning tomorrow, October 22-25, in New Delhi.

About 100 leaders from churches, ecumenical organisations and Dalit initiatives are expected to participate in the event to explore strategies to eradicate caste in society and implore the role of Church in this relevant mission engagement.

“This conference is to express our Indian Churches position on caste based discrimination irrespective of denomination and theological affiliation,” said Rev. Raj Bharat Patta, the executive secretary of the NCCI – Commission on Dalits.

“It will attempt to bring the leadership of the Ecumenical, Evangelical and Catholic churches together to speak in one voice against caste system and to outline a common theological position for the faith basis and mission praxis of the Indian church,” he added.

Organized as a follow up to the Global Conference on Justice for Dalits in Bangkok in March 2009, the Delhi conference will re-look at the mission strategies of the churches in addressing Dalit concerns at the local congregation level and at the Church level.

A new publication, Dalit Theology in the Twenty First Century: Discordant Voices, Discerning Pathways, published by the World Council of Churches and Oxford University Press (New Delhi) will also be presented at the conference.

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