Seminar for the priests of the Church of Bangladesh held from May 30 – June 1, 2014. The theme of the seminar was, `Faith without works is dead’– James 2:26.
Theme Talk on James 2:26 was delivered by Rev. David Dipok Das, Secretary, NCCB talked about the theme. He emphasized on the challenges of today’s pastoral ministries and also encouraged priests to do their role more effectively which are their call from God. Rev Shourabh Pholia spoke on Urban Ministry. He presented a Power Point and explained the meaning of it and its importance in this developing country. He brought some statistics and tried to show the necessity of Urban Ministry. He also focused on the challenges of it and the way out.
Then Mr. Michael Roy spoke on the issue of Climate Change. He also presented his speech through power point and he made the priests aware that the climate is changing and we are going to suffer which already started. We need to care for it.
Rev Dr A S Walters, Principal, SATC, presented a power point on Church-related Ministries: The Pastor’s Authority & Responsibility. He clearly explained what the Church of Bangladesh is doing and what is the responsibilities of clergies in those ministries. Priests had a chance to meet with Bishops to share their challenges. It was a good opportunity for the priests. Rev John P Hira spoke on “Interfaith Relations in Local Context” and he encouraged having dialogue with other faith community. Bishop P S Sarker spoke on “Pre and Post-Marital Counselling” which is becoming a burning issue for the churches. He emphasized on this issue and expressed that the priests should be aware of the issue and should be involved in counselling. There was a Panel Presentation on “Issues & Challenges in the Parish & Deanery” by the Deans of the Deaneries.
Bro Eric from Mymensingh Taize Community led Bible Study on the theme and Urban Ministry.
The seminar was organized by Rev. Albert S. Walters and Rev. Hemen Halder.