Pak's Christian Study Center Celebrates Golden Jubilee

Published 15 November 2017  |  
WCC

A Christian center responsible for interreligious works in Pakistan has marked its 50th anniversary this week, despite insecurity and fear in the country.

Christian Study Centre (CSC) held its Jubilee celebrations at Rawalpindi from Nov. 5 to 8. The event, organized by the churches and supported by civil authorities, was held in parallel with political rallies in the vicinity which required extra high level security measures—a reminder of the lives and faith Pakistani Christians practice.

"From its very beginning and up till now the Christian Study Centre has been an important beacon for the Christians of Pakistan," said Bishop Samuel Azariah, senior member of executive committee or World Council of Churches (WCC) and former moderator of the Church of Pakistan.

"It has been a place where Christians of many different churches have worked together ecumenically, with the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Pakistan playing especially important roles. The CSC is an excellent example of the way that ecumenical and interreligious work can interface to strengthen the life and witness of the churches," Azariah added.

The celebration included dialogue on Christian-Muslim relations, which has been the core work of CSC since its foundation.

"Given the closeness of the date to the Reformation anniversary, it was also interesting that one of the speakers chose to address the little-discussed Islamic context of the Reformation," said Dr Clare Amos, programme executive for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation, WCC.

"There was a wealth of riches and insights offered by the speakers. I learned a lot from the close reading of Evangelii Gaudium offered by Father Juan Carlos, a Jesuit priest working in Lahore," Amos added.

CSC was found in 1967.

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