Glory be to God,
It is indeed a pleasure for me, as the EFICP Youth Affairs Coordinator, to speak through the Annual EFICP Christmas Souvenir. Throughout the past 28 years of the ecumenical movement here in Philadelphia, Malayalee Christians have discovered together that being in unity and working as one, enhances our service and witness for Christ.
As a result of the past two decades of dialogue, the spirit of ecumenism is alive in all our Indian churches. It is essential to the fabric of our conception of what it means to be the church. Fr. Olav Fykse Tviet once said “The Gospel makes us accountable to God: It shows us that we all are in need of the grace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel makes us accountable to the world. The Gospel is for the groaning world; we cannot ignore those who are groaning, nor the reasons behind the groaning. More than that: The Gospel makes us accountable to one another: for the sake of one another we have received the gift of hope in Jesus Christ, and it makes us mutually accountable to one another in the fellowship where the gifts of God are to be shared. To be accountable for my gifts is to use them for the benefit of this whole fellowship. To be mutually accountable in this fellowship is also to receive and acknowledge the contributions from the others, to take them and their gifts into my reality.”
This attitude has been proven true for the “Youth” here in the Philadelphia area over these two decades with our community service projects and social activities. An author once eloquently said “One consequence of this is that we all follow the will of God as it is given to us in the great commandments.”Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:8-10). Another consequence is that we leave the judgment to God and do not judge one another (Romans Chapter 14). For we are all dependent on our relationship to God our life-giver and redeemer:”Whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s” (Romans 14:8).
I hope and pray that Almighty God will continue to use our Ecumenical Fellowship for the glory of God and the strengthening of the lives of our faithful believers.
2014 Youth Affairs Coordinator