National Council of Churches in India
A commemorative postage stamp on National Council of Churches in India (NCCI), an world council of churches for Protestant and Orthodox churches in India :
Issued on Apr 25, 2014
Issued for : Department of Posts is happy to release a Commemorative Postage Stamp on National Council of Churches in India.
Stamp/FDC : Gulistaan
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.61 Million (0.11 Million for proponent)
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
- The National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) is an organisation that stands for the united expression of the Protestant & Orthodox churches in India. It is a common platform for thought & action which brings together the Churches & related organisations for mutual consultation, assistance & action in all matters related to life and witness.
- Ever since its formation in 1914, the National Missionary Council, as it was then called, was actively engaged in the service of the church, society & nation. Later responding to the need for a united, Indian face, the National Christian Council was formed in 1923.
- The Council was restructured as the National Council of Churches in India in 1979. It has addressed concerns of liberation from social, economic & political oppression and injustice.
- The NCCI, with its headquarters in Nagpur, continues to be a facilitator of inter-church togetherness and is committed to the well-being of the society. It has different Commissions such as the Commission on Justice, Peace & Creation, Commission on Dalits, Commission on Tribals & Adivasis, Commission on Policy, Governance & Public Witness, Commission on Youth, and Commission on Communication & Relations. It also has three autonomous bodies which are concerned with the emancipation & development of Women, facilitating inter-religious dialogue and harmony and promoting social peace, and urban-rural concerns, particularly through Vidarbha Centre for Labour Concerns (VCLC).
- The NCCI has 30 National Churches as its members. These churches have been committed to the service of the country through hundreds of educational schools and colleges, medical institutions like Christian Medical College & Hospital in Vellore and Ludhiana, and social service institutions such as orphanages, old people’s homes, night shelters, ministries to people who are physically and mentally challenged, rescue homes etc. Christian organisations such as Bible Society of India (BSI), Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College, National Council of YMCAs, YWCA of India, etc are also members of NCCI.
- Text : Based on the material furnished by the proponent.