My church election manifesto ‘Be the Change’

I have filed my nomination for the elections to our Church Managing Committee for 2016-17. We have three groups in our Cathedral in Trivandrum but I am standing as an independent candidate from my ward. There are 1,400 families but less than 700 individuals have made it to the final voters list. I know I don’t have any chance against heavyweight candidates who have been Committee Members or Officer Bearers for the last 18-25 years but I want to give it a try.

These are some of my ideas for change in our parish:

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Church builds Shrine to scuttle road widening project

What does a Church do when a part of its property is earmarked for road widening? Build a Shrine or a memorial monument (Smriti Mandapam) there so that nobody touches it. Well, that’s exactly what the St. George Orthodox Syrian Cathedral at Palayam in Thiruvananthapuram is doing.

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An open letter to a Church Treasurer


Dear Mr. Treasurer,

We are not members of your parish but we have been attending the service there, on and off for the last eight months or so. Although we had an idea about the financial condition of the Parish, we didn’t realise it was so bad till we heard your ten point agenda. At the same time, cannot help putting across some of our observations.

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Do we need a new building or a bigger Church?

I am a member of the St. George Orthodox Syrian Cathedral in Trivandrum in Kerala. It is the oldest Orthodox Church in the capital city. Recently, our Church Managing Committee decided to purchase some land near the church. The 24.5 cents plot will cost the Church about Rs. 9 crores. Personally I feel it’s ridiculous to spend so much money just for buying a property.

Buying a new property and constructing a new building will not solve our problems of a small church and no parking. I have put down some of my thoughts about this issue and I feel they should reconsider the decision to buy a new property. Continue reading