WCC moderator addresses Asia’s biggest Christian convention


Walter Altmann (left) at the Maramon Convention in Kerala with Malankara Metropolitan Dr Joseph Mar Thoma, head of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church, and Cardinal Baselios Cleemis of the Malankara Syrian Catholic Church. © Maramon Convention

The Rev. Dr Walter Altmann, moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee, was one of the main speakers at the 118th session of Asia’s largest Christian convention held in Kerala, India.


The Maramon Convention took place 10 to 17 February, addressing the theme “You be my witness”. The gathering is held every year. The Mar Thoma Evangelistic Association, which organizes the event, is a missionary wing of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, a WCC member church.


“God’s mission is our passion and the church is entrusted with the task of sharing the gospel and God’s salvific work with the power of the Holy Spirit,” said Altmann, in front of an audience of more than one hundred thousand people, emphasizing the unity of the church for God’s mission.


In one of his sermons at the convention, Altmann said, “Faith is the foremost and fundamental gift of the Holy Spirit. Faith is the source and power of the believers that leads to love and hope. Hope helps the people to enliven their faith and refresh life.”


Altmann went on to say that “love leads to broadening the vision of humanity. Life is marked by the journey from cross to resurrection, where faith, hope and love have their significance leading to eternal life”.


The week-long Maramon Convention, launched in 1895, today brings together thousands of people from different denominations in India and abroad, including non-Christians.


Official website of the Maramon Convention


WCC member churches in India