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Cuttack Diocese Partnership

Cuttack Partnership

 Pictured Rt Rev SK Nanda, Bishop of Cuttack, CNI

Diocese of North India Rt Rev SK Nanda, Bishop of Cuttack, CNI

 
The churches of District and the Diocese of Cuttack hope to unite in the Spirit and, through prayer and preaching, remember and encourage their partnership. The Church of North India (CNI) is a united church established in 1970 by bringing together the main Protestant churches working in northern India. 
 
The Diocese of Cuttack is situated in Orissa, one of India’s seven poorest states.   Approximately 2% of the population of Orissa (estimated at 45m) are Christian.  It is an area which retains a heavy Baptist influence from the work of the Baptist Missionary Society.  The Rt. Revd. Surendra Kumar Nanda is the Bishop of Cuttack.
 
The Diocese is divided into 4 Pastorate Unions, each comprising a number of Pastorates, around 140 congregations, and an estimated 12,500 communicant members.  The Diocese works with partners to support a number of educational establishments, including 5 Stewart Schools, a Skills Centre at Mohana, and teacher training college, as well as a Christian Hospital at Berhampur.
 
The area includes the large urban populations of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, the coastal tourist resort of Puri with its historic Hindu temple, as well as numerous fishing communities. Inland, the area is predominantly rural, mountainous and remote.   Between 80-90% of the population in this area is made up of scheduled castes (Dalit) and scheduled tribes (Adivasi).  
 
The idea of setting aside a Sunday to focus on our Partnership emerged during Bishop Nanda’s visit to Britain last year.  We have mutually agreed that the Sunday before Lent will, each year, be an occasion when we will pray for each other and, if possible, preach about unity in Christ.
 

The following resources were produced for Cuttack Sunday.   Click on the following links to access the resouces. 

Links with Cuttack Resources background information

Bible Study

Resources for Cuttack Sunday

Website link to Diocese of Cuttack

 

 

A VISIT TO ORISSA - JANUARY 2018

One of the most well-known statements from the Edinburgh Conference of 1910 came from Bishop Azariah of India, one of the 30 or so delegates from the then developing world, who said to the 1100-strong audience of missionaries and church leaders: 'You have given your goods to feed the poor. You have given your bodies to be burned. Now we ask you for love. Give us friends'.

You will know that this District has been involved for some time in developing the fledgling partnership between the Plymouth and Exeter District and the Diocese of Cuttack, Church of North India. Cuttack is located in the state of Orissa.

The Synod of May 2017 agreed four proposals on which this partnership would be based, and the foundations of learning, mutual support and prayer which would be our shared commitment. In practical terms this could mean pastor-to-pastor or church-to-church prayer partnerships, the linking of our 5 Methodist Schools to the 5 English-medium 'Stewart Schools' in the Diocese, and visits to and from the Diocese by groups who want to learn about and work with one another.

In other words, we are committed to getting to know one another as friends. And in order to see what that could mean in terms of a future visit by a group from this District, a team comprising Rev Graham Thompson, Mr David Clitheroe, Rev Alison Richardson, and me, travelled to the Diocese of Cuttack in January to meet with the Bishop and Diocesan Officers to explore possibilities.

Full report can be found here