The Lotus, a typical Indian flower, in Mythology is supposed to be not only a temple flower but also the seat of the creator. “Pankajam” one of the Indian names given to the Lotus has a very significant meaning that “it is born in mud”. The Lotus blooms at sunrise and withers at sunset, in other words it lives as long as it can receive the sunrays hence it is also called ‘Thammipuvu’ meaning flower of the sun. Whether it means “born in the mud” or “flower of the sun” to the Indian Church, it stands to be interpreted as symbolizing the composition, nature and role of the members of the Church of South India in the bond of the union and in the context of being indigenous and also being dependent on the grace of God.
The petals of the Lotus and the arms of the Cross are beautifully intertwined together with the fiery tongues of the Holy Spirit. This again is an authentic Indian expression of people’s communion with God. The colors being red (for life), purple (for piety and ecclesiastical) and the white backdrop (for purity) implicitly communicate the nature of the mystical union, where, an inseparable companionship is established which, again is a typical Indian thought form.
The words THAT THEY ALL MAY BE ONE, CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA are embossed in a circle round the Lotus and the Cross. The words, as we know, are taken from the high priestly prayer of our Lord Jesus Christ who prayed not only for the ‘Church’ but also for the whole world. This universality is expressed by placing the words in a form of a circle symbolizing not only the universe but also the inclusive nature of the Church.
That they all may be one; as thou, father, art in me, and I in thee that they also may be one in us……” (John 17:21) is an inclusive affirmation showing explicitly that Christ is the Head and the Church, His body. It also symbolizes the prayer of the Church that not only Churches need to be united but all people of this country which can be interpreted as a meaningful prayer for national integration.
The imposing central position of the cross in the Logo conveys the idea that the indefatigable, self less supreme sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is the basis of the Church and its faith. The cross runs through the Lotus depicting its cleansing act working in the hearts of the members of the Church and restoring them to the pristine purity of heaven.
The four ends of the cross made of equal size symbolizes the equality and also the contextual peaceful co-existence and communal harmony. The Church of South India gratefully acknowledges the initiative taken by the Officers and the Executive Committee Members coinciding with the Silver Jubilee celebration of the CSI in 1972.
- Jesus Christ, and
- Based on the Scriptures.
The Church through her mission expresses solidarity with the broken communities for a new hope to face the challenges of life.
The Cross continuous to be the sign of hope for the witnessing Church, which strives towards Unity, Peace and Reconciliation as a vibrant Channel of God.
“That they all may be one, and that the world may believe that you have sent me”
And the Church of South India would become an effective instrument of God’s mission so there will be
- Greater peace
- Closer fellowship
- Fuller life in the Church
- Renewed commitment for the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through word and deed.
MOST REV. THOMAS K. OOMMEN
MODERATOR, CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIAThe Most Rev Thomas K Oommen, Moderator of Church of South India (CSI) was elected as the Moderator at the 35th Synod meeting in Kottayam, Kerala, India on 14th of January 2017.
REV. DR. PRASANA KUMAR SAMUEL
BISHOP, KARNATAKA CENTRAL DIOCESE
REV. NEBU SKARIAH
Rev. Nebu Skariah is the Presbyter of the Malayalam congregation. He hails from Kumplampoika, near Pathanamthitta. He was ordained as a priest of the CSl Madhya Kerala Diocese in 2001. He completed his BD from Kerala United Theological Seminary, Trivandrum and M.Th in Christian Theology from Gurukul Lutheran Theological Seminary, Chennai.
REV. Reshin Renold
Rev. Reshin Renold is the Asst. Presbyter of East Parade Malayalam Pastorate. He hails from Kozikode and is an ordained minister of the CSI Malabar Diocese. He has done his B.Th. from Kerala United Theological Seminary, Trivandrum.