Seminar on "Christian response to the prevailing social issues in Meghalaya"

The Department of Theology and Department of Conflict Management and Peace Initiatives of Martin Luther Christian University in collaboration with the National Council of Churches India-NEI Action Desk conducted a two-day seminar on “Christian response to the prevailing social issues in Meghalaya” on the 6th and 7th June 2019 in the university’s premises. Meghalaya comprises about 74.59% of Christians making it the state with the third most number of Christians in the Northeast India. On the other hand, it is also grappling with various social issues that call for sincere Christian responses. The seminar was attended by representatives from various Christian Institutions, NGOs and Churches along with the students and staff of MLCU.

 

 

The main objectives of the seminar is to provide a platform for presentation and deliberation on the various issues, analysing and formulating a solution to these issues as well as formulating certain potential action plans for churches and Christian institutions in the state. The seminar had leaders of different Christian denominations as presenters which each presentation being followed by observations by key respondents. The sub themes that were discussed included strengthening of family values; management and reduction of alcoholism, substance abuse and AIDs; prevention of sexual offences against children; promotion of education and employment; awareness and prevention of human trafficking; and gender equity in church and society.

The Keynote Speaker was Rev. Dr. B.J. Syiemlieh, Principal of JRTS.  The presenters and key respondents were Rev. Dr. Shanbha Hayong, John Roberts Theological Seminary, Ivyreen Warjri, Assistant Director, Good Governance Cell MATI, Rev Chakme Marak, Harding Theological College, K.M. Lapang, Coordinator, Breakthrough Centre, Rev. W. Wanniang, Registrar, Nichols-Roy Bible College, Wanskhem Marbaniang, Viva International, Fr. Dr. Joseph Anikuzhikattil, Sacred Heart Theological College, Dr. S Maxwell Lyngdoh, Head, Centre for Career Development and Placement, MLCU, Fr. Dr. Stanislaus Chinliankhup, Orients Theological Seminary, Rosanna Lyngdoh, Board Member, Impulse NGO Network, Rev. G.C. Lyndem, Mairang Presbyterian Church, Joy G. Syiem, Programme Manager North East Network.

During the two days seminar, the resource persons and participants discoursed on the role of the Church and Christians on the given themes analyzing the achievements and failures. The Seminar also shed light on the key areas that the church and Christians as a whole have to work towards overall social improvement especially by being inclusive and non discriminatory. The resource persons also voiced the need of training and sensitising of church leaders especially in dealing with substance dependents, people living with HIV/AIDs or commercial sex workers. There is also a need to remove the imposed taboo on important topics like human sexuality. The best way of achieving all this is by strengthening the synergy of the value base between one’s self, home, academia, church, and by using the Word of God as the infallible foundation of one’s life.

Mission Statement

To contribute to the sustainable development of Meghalaya and Northeast India, by providing knowledge, skills and values that will enable our students to become global citizens while upholding gender, ethnic and religious equity for all, conserving its bio-cultural heritage, and  by recognizing its Christian legacy and commitment .

Student's Pledge

We the incoming/outgoing students of the Martin Luther Christian University vow to always uphold the principles of Honesty, Sustainability, Tolerance and Respect, Quality, Perseverance, Humility, Teamwork, Leadership, Accountability and Recognition as upheld to us in the University. This pledge we make freely, fully understanding that these values will make us good humans and role models.

Contact Details

Martin Luther Christian University
Dongktieh, Block -1,
Nongrah, Shillong 793006
Meghalaya
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