Thought for the day
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8
Rev. Dr. Perumalla Praveen Prabhu Sudheer is the newly appointed CSI-EMS Liaison Officer. He is an ordained Presbyter of Church of South India, Diocese of Karimnagar. He has been in the ministry for the past 24 years. He rendered services in the Diocese as Evangelist, Deacon, Presbyter, Pastorate Chairperson, Chairperson for the Group Church Council, Diocesan Executive Committee member and CSI Synod Theological Commission Member.
After his post-graduation studies in Social Analysis, he was leaned by the Diocese to be on the faculty of Andhra Christian Theological College (ACTC), Hyderabad. Besides teaching responsibilities at ACTC, he served as Registrar of the College; Dean for D.Min studies; Dean for M.Div; Dean for Practical Theology; Dean for CSI Hall; Warden, Property in-Charge and Sports in-Charge. He was the founder and first Director for Social Institute of Hyderabad India (SIHI) at ACTC, an institute to facilitate creative interactions between Theology and Humanities studies; Church and Society. He was also a visiting lecturer at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, Chennai, teaching for M.Th. His Ph.D is from the Department of Christian Studies, University of Madras, Chennai. His research was on land alienation of Dalit communities in Telangana and theological responses to Dalit land alienation. He had been a resource person at various national and international seminars, conferences on themes related to land, subsistence economy, caste and land, Dalit movements, and multilevel marketing. He had published a book titled "No to Trodden Path: A Theological Response to Net-Work Marketing," a pioneering theological work in India on Multi-level Marketing; he had published a number of research articles mostly in Indian Journals, Collective Volumes and Church Magazines. He had edited collective Volumes, ACTC Magazine, and Bible Society of India Telangana Auxiliary Magazine. His research works were presented at different Universities in Seoul; Martin Luther University, Wittenberg; in India- Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS), Shimla; University of Madras; Senate of Serampore affiliated Colleges, etc. He is a member of Asian theological Academy, Sri Lanka, representing CSI. He had been working with secular organisations such as Shanthi Sangham Warangal, that works towards inter-religious harmony at gross roots; Centre for Dalit Studies, Hyderabad. He had given leadership to the Bible Society of India as the first Auxiliary Secretary of Telangana Auxiliary, Secunderabad. His theological and missiological call to promote scriptures in the State of Telangana was “Bible to Every Home and Bible to Every Person.” The Telangana State government had recognised his theological and pastoral works and bestowed Telangana State Award to him for the year 2017.
Dr. Praveen is married. His wife Mrs. P. Mary Stella Praveen is a Post Graduate in Economics and Christian Studies. She had in her credit number of Championship awards in sports and games of Inter-University Tournaments as well as veteran athletics. They are blessed with two children, Miss P. Sheela Smruti (M. Pharma) works for a Pharma industry in Secunderabad, and Mr. P. Aman Jayaker (M. Sc Bio-Technology).
The CSI Synod and EMS, Germany, are pleased to welcome the family and introduce them to the wider community.Read Next...
Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS) is an Association of Churches and Missions founded in 1972, bringing together five Churches and Moravian Church and five Mission Societies in South West Germany.Today, EMS is an International and Ecumenical Fellowship of Churches in Germany, India, Ghana, South Africa, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Indonesia, Korea and Japan. Since its induction, EMS has been one of the strongest Partners of the Church of South India in doing God's Mission.
The CSI-EMS Liaison Office aims to keep up and strengthen relations between EMS and the CSI Synod Office and its Departments, Dioceses, Women's Work and Institutions like Theological Colleges with partnership links in the EMS Fellowship.
The EMS stands with CSI's commitment to the broken communities to provide them a new hope to face the challenges of life and help them to build their own lives. EMS, through its involvement in various programmes and projects run by various Synod Departments, Women's Fellowship and various Dioceses, facilitates CSI in her struggles towards Unity, Peace and Reconciliation. Issues related to HIV and AIDS, Human Rights, Gender Justice, Dalit Issues, Ecological Concerns, and training programmes of Missionaries, Continuing education for Pastors and Church Workers are some of the areas of involvement of EMS in the CSI.
Some of our Dioceses have direct partnership relations with Churches in Germany.
The partners are:
Coimbatore Diocese - Deanery of Pforzheim
East Kerala Diocese - The Protestant Church of Hesse-Nassau
Krishna-Godavari Diocese - The Protestant Church of Hesse-Nassau
Karnataka Northern Diocese - The Evangelical Church of Kurhessen Waldeck
Karnataka Southern Diocese - The Deanery of Villingen
Tirunelveli Diocese - The Deanery of Waiblingen
EMS Supports the ministry of five major Theological Institutions in South India:
United Theological College, Bangalore
Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Madurai
Kerala United Theological Seminary, Trivandrum
Karnataka Theological College, Mangalore
Andhra Christian Theological College, Hyderabad.
EMS supports Eight CSI Children's Homes.
About 400 underprivileged girls and boys are receiving support for their education.
The Homes are: CSI Boys' Boarding Home, Udupi
CSI Girls' Boarding Home, Mulki;
Basel Mission Girls' Orphanage, Sumaddi
Basel Mission Boys' Orphanage, Gadag
BEM Girls' Home, Chombala
CSI Bethenia Girls' Home, Kannur
CSI Industrial School, Manjeri
BEM Girls' Vocational Home, Chombala.
EMS also involved in various exchange programmes.
The EMS promotes mutual visits, study group exposure programme, ecumenical co-worker programme and voluntary service of young people in order to enhance ecumenical learning and cultural exchange.