The world's leading Reformed church organization—the World Alliance of Reformed Churches—celebrated its 125th anniversary on July 21 at St Mark's Cathedral in Bangalore, capital of the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Five delegates—representing Africa, America, Asia, Australia and Europe—lit a ceremonial lamp at the start of the service at the Church of South India (CSI) cathedral. Among those present were 70 delegates, staff and visitors from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC), which represents more than 200 Presbyterian, Reformed, United and Congregational churches around the world."This is a proud moment for the Church of South India to celebrate this great moment in the history of Reformed churches," said Bishop Vasanthkumar Suputhrappa, of the CSI, which is hosting the 125th anniversary celebrations and the annual meeting of WARC's executive committee. Bishop Vasanthkumar said that the three-million-member CSI shared the "multicultural and ethnic base" of WARC (of which it is a member) as the CSI itself was formed in 1947 by a union of southern India's Methodist, Anglican, Presbyterian and Congregational churches.The service was intended to stress the diversity of both WARC and the CSI. The Indian church uses six languages, which were in evidence in the liturgy of the thanksgiving service.Dr Setri Nyomi, WARC's general secretary, reminded the congregation of the alliance's growth "from its humble beginnings" to its present stature with 215 member churches and 75 million people in 108 countries. WARC traces its origins to July 21, 1875 when churches from many countries holding the Presbyterian system of church rule formed an alliance in London with the following goal: "The time seems to have come when ...1
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