Thoba Parish in the Diocese of Amritsar poses with Bishop P.K. Samantaroy (in white vestment) after a Sunday service. The bishop’s wife Lily is to his left, as is Canadian Andrea Mann. The parish in the Punjab,
“All world religions promote peace, yet people and communities of faith continue to fail to put peace into practice. We can no longer talk about peace in the abstract, and we can’t have peace until poverty is eradicated globally, until we ‘recognize the divine light in everyone’, until we live faithfully by principles of righteousness”.
So began a local delegate to the South Asia Initiatives for World Peace Conference hosted in November by the Diocese of Amritsar,
Some 40 representatives and leaders of Sikhism, Islam, and Christianity gathered with secular experts, women and men, to discuss local issues and communal tensions, local initiatives and community peace.
The Diocese of Amritsar, as throughout the
An ecumenical priority for the diocese is the Christian Institute for Religious Studies in nearby Batala. This organization reaffirms the importance of conversation between different faiths that is open, serious and based upon sound scholarship.
The Dit Memorial Research Centre for theological training among Dalit Christians in North West India is another priority.
Amritsar Diocese and its companions in faith respond together where human need is critical. With others, the diocese was among the first to arrive with blankets, tarpaulins and tents in Kashmir following the October 2005 earthquake centred in Rawalakot, over the line in
|A cantor in the service leads the bhajan, a sung prayer.|
A long history of friendship and partnership in mission exists between the Diocese of Amritsar and the Anglican Church of Canada. Prior to the formation of the united Church of North India in 1970, many Canadian Anglican mission personnel served as priests, teachers, doctors, nurses and other professionals in the then (Anglican) Church of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon.
In recent times, a number of Canadian Anglican theological students, participating in our International Internship Program, have been supervised in
The Diocese of Amritsar and the Anglican Church of Canada continue to seek ways of deepening our relationship through more person-to-person interaction. Amritsar Bishop P.K. Samantaroy is seeking a Canadian diocesan companionship and invites groups of Canadian Christians to visit for a more authentic experience of
|Women of the parish preparing a community meal, which takes place after services every Sunday. They are preparing roti, a bread, over a small fire lit near the church. (Photo by Bishop P.K. Samantaroy.)|
Canadian Anglicans also support the work of the Dit Memorial Research Centre, the Christian Institute for Religious Studies, Bishop’s College in Kolkota (
Let us give thanks for the Diocese of Amritsar and its important, historic work in interfaith partnerships for peace with justice in northwest
Andrea Mann, the