ASIA/NEPAL - Unity among Christians: together to witness God's mercy

Friday, 11 May 2018 evangelization   mission   ecumenicalism   christianity   religious freedom   religious minorities  

Kathmandu (Agenzia Fides) - Christians of different confessions in Nepal are committed to working together to witness the love and mercy of God. "As Nepali Christians we are called to work together and be witnesses to the Gospel of Christ, sharing prayer and overcoming the divisions among the Christian communities in the country", said to Agenzia Fides R.C. Acharya, secretary general of the National Council of Churches in Nepal (NCCN), ecumenical body. "We are part of the mission of God, witnessing the Gospel and remaining at the service of the people. We have the duty of being servants of God to make the Church in Nepal live and embrace everyone in our communities, walking together in our faith", he adds.
The National Council of Churches in Nepal organized a course of ecumenical formation held from 8 to 11 May at the Baptist Church in Kathmandu: the program aimed at accompanying and developing leadership in Christian communities, and was aimed at 90 participants of the different confessions present in Nepal. The baptized in Nepal, a small minority in the Hindu environment, are called to witness unity in a multi-religious society: this was the theme at the center of reflection and formation sessions
What was highlighted during the seminar was the need to strengthen theological and ecumenical formation among Christians in Nepal: the NCCN is working in this direction, also through seminars and courses of biblical-theological formation.
Despite a severe law that prohibits religious conversion and penalizes religious freedom, Christianity has spread rapidly in Nepal over the past two decades. Christians make up 1.4% of the 29 million inhabitants of Nepal. (SD) (Agenzia Fides, 11/5/2018)