WCC General Secretary's visit to India

A group of girls in Edavanakad ready to receive Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary, for the brick-laying ceremony of a multi-purpose disaster shelter. The shelter is the last of 85 houses build as part of CASA tsunami rehabilitation programme in Edavanakad, a coastal village about 25km from Kochi.
India, Edavanakad, Kerala 20 Feb. 2007 - A group of girls in Edavanakad ready to receive Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary, for the brick-laying ceremony of a multi-purpose disaster shelter. The shelter is the last of 85 houses build as part of CASA tsunami rehabilitation programme in Edavanakad, a coastal village about 25km from Kochi.
Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia ,World Council of Churches general secretary, being received by villagers and Dr Sushant Agrawal, director of CASA (left), at the brick-laying ceremony of a multi-purpose disaster shelter. The disaster shelter is the last of 85 houses build as part of CASA tsunami rehabilitation programme in Edavanakad, a coastal village about 25km from Kochi.
India, Edavanakad, Kerala 20 Feb. 2007 - Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia ,World Council of Churches general secretary, being received by villagers and Dr Sushant Agrawal, director of CASA (left), at the brick-laying ceremony of a multi-purpose disaster shelter. The disaster shelter is the last of 85 houses build as part of CASA tsunami rehabilitation programme in Edavanakad, a coastal village about 25km from Kochi.
Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia World Council of Churches general secretary, being received by villagers and Metropolitan Dr Joseph Mar Irenaeus, CASA chairman, for the brick-laying ceremony of a multi-purpose disaster shelter. The disaster shelter is the last of 85 houses built as part of CASA tsunami rehabilitation programme in Edavanakad, a coastal village about 25km from Kochi.
India, Edavanakad, Kerala 20 Feb. 2007 - Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia World Council of Churches general secretary, being received by villagers and Metropolitan Dr Joseph Mar Irenaeus, CASA chairman, for the brick-laying ceremony of a multi-purpose disaster shelter. The disaster shelter is the last of 85 houses built as part of CASA tsunami rehabilitation programme in Edavanakad, a coastal village about 25km from Kochi.
Brick-laying ceremony of a multi-purpose disaster shelter by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary World Council of Churches. The disaster shelter is the last of 85 houses built as part of CASA tsunami rehabilitation programme in Edavanakad, a coastal village about 25km from Kochi.
India, Edavanakad, Kerala 20 Feb. 2007 - Brick-laying ceremony of a multi-purpose disaster shelter by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary World Council of Churches. The disaster shelter is the last of 85 houses built as part of CASA tsunami rehabilitation programme in Edavanakad, a coastal village about 25km from Kochi.
The brick-laying ceremony of a multi-purpose disaster shelter in Edavanakad, a coastal village about 25km from Kochi. From left: Bishop Dr Isaac Mar Philexinos; Dr Matthews George, WCC Asia secretary; Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary World Council of Churches; Metropolitan Dr Joseph Mar Irenaeus, CASA chairman; Dr Sushant Agrawal, director of CASA, and other guests. The disaster shelter is the last of 85 houses built as part of CASA tsunami rehabilitation programme in Edavanakad.
India, Edavanakad, Kerala 20 Feb. 2007 - The brick-laying ceremony of a multi-purpose disaster shelter in Edavanakad, a coastal village about 25km from Kochi. From left: Bishop Dr Isaac Mar Philexinos; Dr Matthews George, WCC Asia secretary; Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary World Council of Churches; Metropolitan Dr Joseph Mar Irenaeus, CASA chairman; Dr Sushant Agrawal, director of CASA, and other guests. The disaster shelter is the last of 85 houses built as part of CASA tsunami rehabilitation programme in Edavanakad.
Village girls provide entertainment during the brick-laying ceremony of a multi-purpose disaster shelter. The disaster shelter is the last of 85 houses built as part of CASA tsunami rehabilitation programme in Edavanakad, a coastal village about 25km from Kochi.
India, Edavanakad, Kerala 20 Feb. 2007 - Village girls provide entertainment during the brick-laying ceremony of a multi-purpose disaster shelter. The disaster shelter is the last of 85 houses built as part of CASA tsunami rehabilitation programme in Edavanakad, a coastal village about 25km from Kochi.
Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary, addresses the Kerala Christian Council in Kottayam.
India, Kottaym, Kerala 19 Feb. 2007 - Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary, addresses the Kerala Christian Council in Kottayam.
Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary, is received by Catholicos of the Malakara Orthodox Syrian Church H.H. Baselios Marthama Dydimos I.
India, Kottaym, Kerala 19. Feb. 2007 - Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary, is received by Catholicos of the Malakara Orthodox Syrian Church H.H. Baselios Marthama Dydimos I.
Worship at St Thomas Mar Thoma Church in Kozencherry.
India, Kerala 18 Feb. 2007 - Worship at St Thomas Mar Thoma Church in Kozencherry.
Worship at St Thomas Mar Thoma Church in Kozencherry. Centre left: Bishop Dr Isaac Mar Philexinos, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary World Council of Churches, Metropolitan Dr Zacharias Mar Theophilus and celebrating Bishop Dr Yuakim Mar Coorilose.
India, Kerala 18 Feb. 2007 - Worship at St Thomas Mar Thoma Church in Kozencherry. Centre left: Bishop Dr Isaac Mar Philexinos, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary World Council of Churches, Metropolitan Dr Zacharias Mar Theophilus and celebrating Bishop Dr Yuakim Mar Coorilose.
Worship at St Thomas Mar Thoma Church in Kozencherry.
India, Kerala 18 Feb. 2007 - Worship at St Thomas Mar Thoma Church in Kozencherry.
Worship at St Thomas Mar Thoma Church in Kozencherry. From left: Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary World Council of Churches, Metropolitan Dr Zacharias Mar Theophilus and celebrating Bishop Dr Yuakim Mar Coorilose.
India, Kerala 18 Feb. 2007 - Worship at St Thomas Mar Thoma Church in Kozencherry. From left: Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary World Council of Churches, Metropolitan Dr Zacharias Mar Theophilus and celebrating Bishop Dr Yuakim Mar Coorilose.
Priests during eucharist at St Thomas Mar Thoma Church in Kozencherry.
India, Kerala 18 Feb. 2007 - Priests during eucharist at St Thomas Mar Thoma Church in Kozencherry.
Worship at St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church in Kozencherry. Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary, receives Holy Communion from Bishop Dr Yuakim Mar Coorilose.
India, Kerala 18 Feb. 2007 - Worship at St Thomas Mar Thoma Church in Kozencherry. Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary, receives Holy Communion from Bishop Dr Yuakim Mar Coorilose.
Worship at St Thomas Mar Thoma Church in Kozencherry. Holy Communion offered by Bishop Dr Isaac Mar Philexinos.
India, Kerala 18 Feb. 2007 - Worship at St Thomas Mar Thoma Church in Kozencherry. Holy Communion offered by Bishop Dr Isaac Mar Philexinos.
Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary, delivered the closing sermon at the annual Maramon Convention.
India, Kerala 18 Feb. 2007 - Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary, delivered the closing sermon at the annual Maramon Convention.
Participants at the Maramon Convention.
India, Kerala 18 Feb. 2007 - Participants at the Maramon Convention.
Participants at the Maramon Convention.
India, Kerala 18. Feb. 2007 - Participants at the Maramon Convention.
Left to right: Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary, and Metropolitan Dr Zacharias Mar Theophilus at the Maramon Convention.
India, Kerala 18 Feb. 2007 - Left to right: Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary, and Metropolitan Dr Zacharias Mar Theophilus at the Maramon Convention.
In order to prepare food for the thousands of participants at the week-long annual Maramon Convention, the cooks need to start early in the morning.
India, Kerala 17 Feb. 2007 - In order to prepare food for the thousands of participants at the week-long annual Maramon Convention, the cooks need to start early in the morning.
Participant at the weeklong annual Maramon Convention.
India, Kerala 17 Feb. 2007 - Participant at the weeklong annual Maramon Convention.
Children's prayer meeting in the early morning at the week-long annual Maramon Convention.
India, Kerala 17 Feb. 2007 - Children's prayer meeting in the early morning at the week-long annual Maramon Convention.
A priest provides the music at the children's prayer meeting in the early morning at the week-long annual Maramon Convention.
India, Kerala 17 Feb. 2007 - A priest provides the music at the children's prayer meeting in the early morning at the week-long annual Maramon Convention.
Children's prayer meeting in the early morning at the week-long annual Maramon Convention.
India, Kerala 17 Feb. 2007 - Children's prayer meeting in the early morning at the week-long annual Maramon Convention.
Children's prayer meeting in the early morning at the week-long annual Maramon Convention.
India, Kerala 17 Feb. 2007 - Children's prayer meeting in the early morning at the week-long annual Maramon Convention.
Buses bring participants to the annual Maramon Convention while others arrive by foot for the first session of the day.
India, Kerala 17 Feb. 2007 - Buses bring participants to the annual Maramon Convention while others arrive by foot for the first session of the day.
A participant listening to the WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia's address at the Maramon Convention.
India, Kerala 17 Feb. 2007 - A participant listening to the WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia's address at the Maramon Convention.
Participants listening to speakers at the Maramon Convention.
India, Kerala 17 Feb. 2007 - Participants listening to speakers at the Maramon Convention.
Inauguration of the Platinum Jubilee (75th anniversary) of the Mar Thoma Youth Association at Maramon Convention. From left: Metropolitan Joseph Mar Irenaeus, Metropolitan Dr Zacharias Mar Theophilus, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia general secretary World Council of Churches.
India, Kerala 17 Feb. 2007 - Inauguration of the Platinum Jubilee (75th anniversary) of the Mar Thoma Youth Association at Maramon Convention. From left: Metropolitan Joseph Mar Irenaeus, Metropolitan Dr Zacharias Mar Theophilus, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia general secretary World Council of Churches.
Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia general secretary of World Council of Churches' address the Maramon Convention.
India, Kerala 17 Feb. 2007 - Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia general secretary of World Council of Churches' address the Maramon Convention.
Choir at the Maramon Convention.
India, Kerala 17 Feb. 2007 - Choir at the Maramon Convention.
The week-long annual Maramon Convention has an average 100-200.000 participants every day. From left: Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary World Council of Churches, Metropolitan Dr Zacharias Mar Theophilus and Rev. Amanuel Ghareeb, pastor of the Evangelical Church in Kuwait.
India, Kerala 17 Feb. 2007 - The week-long annual Maramon Convention has an average 100-200.000 participants every day. From left: Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary World Council of Churches, Metropolitan Dr Zacharias Mar Theophilus and Rev. Amanuel Ghareeb, pastor of the Evangelical Church in Kuwait.
The week-long annual Maramon Convention has an average of 100-200.000 participants every day.
India, Kerala 17 Feb. 2007 - The week-long annual Maramon Convention has an average of 100-200.000 participants every day.
The week-long annual Maramon Convention has an average of 100-200.000 participants every day.
India, Kerala 17 Feb. 2007 - The week-long annual Maramon Convention has an average of 100-200.000 participants every day.
Averages 100-200.000 people participant per day in the week-long annual Maramon Convention.
India, Kerala 16 Feb. 2007 - Averages 100-200.000 people participant per day in the week-long annual Maramon Convention.
The week-long annual Maramon Convention has an averages 100-200.000 participants every day.
India, Kerala 16 Feb. 2007 - The week-long annual Maramon Convention has an averages 100-200.000 participants every day.
Participants at the week-long annual Maramon Convention use the opportunity to buy new Bibles and religious liturgy from one of the many stalls at the convention.
India, Kerala 16 Feb. 2007 - Participants at the week-long annual Maramon Convention use the opportunity to buy new Bibles and religious liturgy from one of the many stalls at the convention.
The week-long annual Maramon Convention has an averages 100-200.000 participants every day. Social action groups and evangelical groups participate in the convention.
India, Kerala 16 Feb. 2007 - The week-long annual Maramon Convention has an averages 100-200.000 participants every day. Social action groups and evangelical groups participate in the convention.
The week-long annual Maramon Convention has an averages 100-200.000 participants every day.
India, Kerala 16 Feb. 2007 - The week-long annual Maramon Convention has an averages 100-200.000 participants every day.
Welcome at Santhigiri Ashram by Mathoma public school dance group.
India, Kochi 15 Feb. 2007 - Welcome at Santhigiri Ashram by Mathoma public school dance group.
Welcome of Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary, at Santhigiri Ashram by Bishop Dr Isaac Mar Philexinos.
India, Kochi 15 Feb. 2007 - Welcome of Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary, at Santhigiri Ashram by Bishop Dr Isaac Mar Philexinos.
Inauguration of Santhigiri Ashram Cancer Care Project with Metropolitan Dr Zacharias Mar Theophilua (left) Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary World Council of Churches.
India, Kochi 15 Feb. 2007 - Inauguration of Santhigiri Ashram Cancer Care Project with Metropolitan Dr Zacharias Mar Theophilua (left) Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary World Council of Churches.
Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary (centre), is welcomed by Bishop Dr Isaac Mar Philexinos (left) at Kochi airport. On the right, Dr Matthews George, Asia secretary WCC.
India, Kochi 15 Feb. 2007 - Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary (centre), is welcomed by Bishop Dr Isaac Mar Philexinos (left) at Kochi airport. On the right, Dr Matthews George, Asia secretary WCC.
As keynote speaker, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary, at 50 years anniversary of the Christian Institute for Study of Religion and Society (CISRS). Dr Kobia received a traditional Indian hat and a wooden sculpture of the Last Supper.
India, Bangalore 15 Feb. 2007 - As keynote speaker, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary, at 50 years anniversary of the Christian Institute for Study of Religion and Society (CISRS). Dr Kobia received a traditional Indian hat and a wooden sculpture of the Last Supper.
Dalit women's group danced during the 50 years anniversary of the Christian Institute for Study of Religion and Society (CISRS).
India, Bangalore 15 Feb. 2007 - Dalit women's group danced during the 50 years anniversary of the Christian Institute for Study of Religion and Society (CISRS).
Visit of World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia to the Student Christian Movement of India, Bangalore. Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC, and Dr Ruth Manorama, general secretary of "Women's Voice", a Dalit women's organization, unveiling the founding stone for the Dalit's Women Resource Centre.
India, Bangalore 14 Feb. 2007 - Visit of World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia to the Student Christian Movement of India, Bangalore. Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC, and Dr Ruth Manorama, general secretary of "Women's Voice", a Dalit women's organization, unveiling the founding stone for the Dalit's Women Resource Centre.
Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary, gives keynote address at the conference of EASY-Net, the Ecumenical Asia Pacific Students and Youth Network conference at the Student Christian Movement of India's headquarters.
India, Bangalore 14 Feb. 2007 - Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches general secretary, gives keynote address at the conference of EASY-Net, the Ecumenical Asia Pacific Students and Youth Network conference at the Student Christian Movement of India's headquarters.
A Dalit drum group opens the conference of EASY-Net, the Ecumenical Asia Pacific Students and Youth Network conference held at the Student Christian Movement of India's headquarters.
India, Bangalore 14 Feb. 2007 - A Dalit drum group opens the conference of EASY-Net, the Ecumenical Asia Pacific Students and Youth Network conference held at the Student Christian Movement of India's headquarters.
Visit of World Council of Churches general secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, to the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Whitefield Bangalore. Release of doves after tree-planting in honour of Kobia's visit to the ECC. Centre left: Dr Matthews George, WCC Asia secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC, Rev. Dr M. Mani Chacko, director of ECC, Mr R. Christopher Rajkumar, assistant director ECC.
India, Bangalore 14 Feb. 2007 - Visit of World Council of Churches general secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, to the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Whitefield Bangalore. Release of doves after tree-planting in honour of Kobia's visit to the ECC. Centre left: Dr Matthews George, WCC Asia secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC, Rev. Dr M. Mani Chacko, director of ECC, Mr R. Christopher Rajkumar, assistant director ECC.
Visit of WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, to the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Whitefield Bangalore. Tree-planting in honour of Kobi's visit to the ECC. Centre left: Dr Matthews George, WCC Asia secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC, Rev. Dr M. Mani Chacko, director of ECC, Mr. R. Christopher Rajkumar, assistant director ECC.
India, Bangalore 14 Feb. 2007 - Visit of WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, to the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Whitefield Bangalore. Tree-planting in honour of Kobi's visit to the ECC. Centre left: Dr Mathews George, WCC Asia secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC, Rev. Dr M. Mani Chacko, director of ECC, Mr. R. Christopher Rajkumar, assistant director ECC.
Visit of WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia to the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Whitefield Bangalore. Tree-planting in honour of Kobi's visit to the ECC.
India, Bangalore 14 Feb. 2007 - Visit of WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia to the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Whitefield Bangalore. Tree-planting in honour of Kobia's visit to the ECC.
Visit of WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia to the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Whitefield Bangalore. Laying of flowers at M. A. Thomas' grave at the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Whitefield Bangalore. From left: Rev. Dr M. Mani Chacko, director of ECC, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC, Dr Matthews George, WCC Asia secretary, Mr R. Christopher Rajkumar, assistant director ECC.
India, Bangalore 14 Feb. 2007 - Visit of WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia to the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Whitefield Bangalore. Laying of flowers at M. A. Thomas' grave at the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Whitefield Bangalore. From left: Rev. Dr M. Mani Chacko, director of ECC, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC, Dr Matthews George, WCC Asia secretary, Mr. R. Christopher Rajkumar, assistant director ECC.
Visit of WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia to the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Whitefield Bangalore. From left: Rev. Dr M. Mani Chacko, director of ECC, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC, Col.A.M Thomas (son of M.A. Thomas founder of the Ecumenical Centre).
India, Bangalore 14 Feb. 2007 - Visit of WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia to the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Whitefield Bangalore. From left: Rev. Dr M. Mani Chacko, director of ECC, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC, Col.A.M Thomas (son of M.A. Thomas founder of the Ecumenical Centre).
Visit of WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia to the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Whitefield Bangalore. WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia lights the flame at the beginning of the worship at ECC. From left: Ms Marjorie David, ECC librarian, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC, Mr. R. Christopher Rajkumar, assistant director ECC.
India, Bangalore 14 Feb. 2007 - Visit of WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia to the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Whitefield Bangalore. WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia lights the flame at the beginning of the worship at ECC. From left: Ms. Marjorie David, ECC librarian, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC, Mr. R. Christopher Rajkumar, assistant director ECC.
Visit of WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia to the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Whitefield Bangalore. Kobia and Ms Marjorie David, ECC librarian, during worship at ECC.
India, Bangalore 14 Feb. 2007 - Visit of WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia to the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Whitefield Bangalore. Kobia and Ms Marjorie David, ECC librarian, during worship at ECC.