Dearly beloved in Christ,
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord.
The next Maramon Convention is scheduled to be held from Feb. 9-16, 2003. This historic spiritual feast which is considered to be one of the biggest Christian gatherings in the world, is arranged annually under the auspices of the Evangelistic Association of the Mar Thoma Church on the wide sand beds of river Pampa in Kerala .The convention began in 1895 in the context of the Reformation in the Malankara church to provide spiritual nourishment and for equipping people for God’s mission in the world. Since then it has become an annual event usually in the month of February .A spacious pandal which can accommodate over one lac people is put up and elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the convention are made well ahead of time. This year, besides our Bishops we will have Bishop Dr. Dennis D. Dattan, Malaysia, Rev. Dr. Samuel Kamalesan, U.S.A, and Rev. Dr. Alfred Yo, Singapore, as the main speakers.
Some of the early speakers at the Convention were Dr. T. Walker, Sadhu Sunder Singh, Dr. Kagawa, Bishop Stephen Neil, Dr. Stanley Jones and others .In the messages there have always been altar calls and exhortations against social evils such as alcoholism, bribery, corruption, injustice, casteism etc .In a caste-ridden society where ‘untouchability’ was prevalent, the sight of people belonging to different castes, communities and backgrounds sitting side by side under one common roof to discern the Word of God was a revolutionary scene in earlier times. Several social projects of the Mar Thoma church like ‘bhoo- bhavan –dan’ (land and house for the houseless) had their origin at Maramon.
The purpose of the convention is the proclamation of the good news of the Kingdom of God as taught and lived by Christ .The convention also provides platforms for various activities like Youth forums, Counseling sessions etc. Afternoon sessions are usually set apart for special gatherings like Ecumenical meetings, Mission Conference, Anti-Alcoholic program etc. The order and discipline at the convention are always exemplary. A good portion of the proceeds by way of offerings is distributed to the different social projects of the church.
The question before us is whether a gathering like Maramon which offers an excellent opportunity to the church on the higher values of life, to combat and to reverse the forces of evil around us can be more effectively utilized. The need of the times is to recapture the zeal and vision of the founders of this unique event so that it becomes a powerhouse for genuine spiritual illumination, social awakening and deep commitment to Christ and His way of the Cross for the furtherance of the values of the Kingdom of God on earth.
Let us specially pray for this year’s Convention.
Yours in His ministry,
Rev. Dr. K. A. Abraham Achen
Mar Thoma Congregation of Greater New York
|Rev. Oommen Koruthu||(Student
Bishop Zacharias Mar Theophilus)
|May 1975 — Aug. 1975|
|Rev. K. S. Mathew||(Student Achen)||Sept. 1975 – Sept. 1977|
|Rev. Thomas P. George||(Student Achen)||Sept. 1977 – Aug. 1979|
|(Late) Rev. M. V. Benjamin||Sept. 1979 – May 1981|
St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, New York
|Co-Chairman Ad-hoc Committee Church in formation||Oct. 1980 - Jan. 1981|
|Vicar||Jan. 1981 - May 1981|
|(Late) Rev. K. J. Philip||Co-Chairman Ad-hoc Committee Church in formation||Oct. 1980 - Jan. 1981|
|Associate Vicar||Jan. 1981 - Aug. 1981|
|Rev. N. M. Cherian||Vicar of all Mar Thoma Congregations in New York||May 1981 - June 1983|
|Rev. Dr. T. Jacob Thomas||(Student Achen)|
|Assistant Vicar||July 1981 - May 1983|
|Vicar||June 1983 - Mar. 1985|
|Rev. George Varghese||Mar. 1985 - April 1989|
|Rev. Johnson Varghese||June 1989 - May 1992|
|Rev. Dr. T. P. Abraham||June 1992 - May 1995|
|Rev. P. M. Thomas||May 1995 - April 1999|
|Rev. K. Y. Jacob||May 1999 - June 1999|
|Rev. Thomas P. Chandy||June 1999 – May 2002|
|Rev. Dr. K. A. Abraham||May 2002 - Present|