Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Women's Day Celebration Programme

Two-Day Workshop on

“Transformation in Church and Society:
Role of Women”

Pennamma Bhavanam in Association with Kerala Council of Churches
at MGOCSM Centre,Kottayam on March 7 and 8

The sessions were led by Dr. Sister Shalini Mulackal PBVM
(Well-Known Catholic Feminist Theologian and Professor of Systematic Theology, Vidyajyoti Theological Seminary, New Delhi
The workshop was open for Christian women from different denominational backgrounds. Twenty five women participated in the programme.

Pogramme Schedule
07.03.2009 Saturday
9.00 am: Arrival and Registration
09.30am: Inauguration
Chair: Mrs. Jiji Johnson, Vice President, KCC
Key Note Address: Rev. Dr. M.C. Thomas, Mar Thoma Theological Seminary, Kottayam
11.00 am: Tea
11.15 am: Self-introduction
11.30 am: Session I: Women’s Struggles in Contemporary Milieu ; Dr. Sister Shalini Mulackal
1.00 pm: Lunch
2.30 pm: Session II: Women and the Church: Biblical & Theological Explorations ; Dr. Sr. Shalini Mulackal
4.00 pm: Tea
08.03.2009 Sunday
09.30 am: Worship & Bible Study: Adv. Jaisy Karingattil, KCC
11.00 am : Tea
11.30 am: Session III: Gender Justice in Church and Society ; Dr. Sr. Shalini Mulackal
1.00 pm: Lunch
2.00 pm: Session IV: Women’s Initiatives for Transformation ; Dr. Sr. Shalini Mulackal
3.30 pm: Concluding Session
4.00 pm: Tea and departure

Dr Sr. Shalini Mulackel leading the session

Dr. Sr. Shalini Mulackel
Group Discussion

Bible Study: Adv Jaisy Karingattil: Numbers 27: 1- 12

Group Discussion

Mrs. Sherly George: Evaluation of the programme

Mrs. Mary George: Evaluation of the programme

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Discussion based on the Book 'prapanchakkazhchakal" by Dr Moncy V. John

Science and Society: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives
Book Review Forum

Discussion on modern science based on the book, Prapanchakkazhchakal, authored by Dr Moncy V. John (Dept. of Physics, St Thomas College, Kozhencherry).
2.30 pm, Saturday, 14 February 2009,
at Pennamma Bhavanam
The Book, Prapanchakkazhchakal (2008, DC Books, Kottayam, pp.138, Rs. 70.00)discusses the history of and contemporary debates in Astronomy. The book also deals with the philosophy and sociology of modern science and introduces the poststructuralist/post-foundationalist trends in science studies. The book seems to be the first of its kind in Malayalam that introduces the sociology of scientific knowledge, the post-Kuhnian revolution in understanding the complex relationship between science and society.

The discussion attempted to situate modern science in sociological context and its philosophical moorings were explored. The forum raised the need to develop a theological understanding of modern science and technology. Social scientists, Theologians and Scientists participated in the discussion.

On the Dias: Dr Moncy V. John, Prof. Philip N. Thomas (moderator), Shiju Sam Varughese

Dr. Moncy V. John (Author)

Shiju Sam Varughese presenting the book review. In his talk he situated the book as a turning point in the history of popular science writing in Kerala and discussed the possibilities and limitations of the Kuhnian framework adopted by the author.

Dr Moncy V. John responds to the paper presented by Shiju

The audience

Prof. Rachel Mathew (CMS College, Kottayam) participating in the discussion

Rev Sam Koshy and Mr. Mathew Philip

The Discussion followed by the presentations raised many serious questions regarding the relationship between modern science and society. The question of science and religion/spirituality also was discussed in detail.
The forum decided to continue the discussions on science and society in future also.