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Independence Day Message - From the Bishop of Kurunagala

Independence Day Message 2018

Sri Lanka is celebrating Seventy Years of Independence from the colonial past in this year 2018. The journey towards our independence and the journey from the independent era towards the modern times has not been easy. There have been much points of debate, conflicts and continued struggles. Sometimes we as the citizens and onlookers doubt why a small nation such as ours with people such as us who are naturally friendly and smiling, cannot live in peace and Unity. Unity in our country has had many changes made to its meaning through these seventy years. Our country is blessed with many resources from natural to biodiversity to a rich heritage to human potential. Our country is even more blessed to have within us many of the great religious traditions, cultures, languages and ideologies. All these aspects have enriched the life of the country from many years even before the foreign rule set in. On an important occasion such as this, we must ask from ourselves whether we treat this diversity or mixture as our strength or as our threat? Read More >>


Vision
To serve the people of God and the body of Christ with utmost commitment, love, with true discipleship and to witness for His incarnation, death and resurrection.

Mission
We acknowledge that all this is the Grace of God and that we have nothing that is not from God. In this gratitude we set our wills to fulfill the work of representing the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church so that the people of this land will find a new spirituality and true community in the new creation. We pray that the life and witness of our church contribute to the wider life and witness of the Church of God in Sri Lanka, Asia and the world: and that this in turn will lead all people to the truth in God.

The Church
The Church of England in Ceylon came into being with the establishment of British rule in Sri Lanka and the Diocese of Colombo comprising the whole island was formed in 1845. At the centenary celebrations of the Diocese in 1945 a resolution moved for creation of a second diocese to enable better pastoral care of its congregations and more effective mission of the Church. Thus began the Diocese of Kurunagala in 1950 with Rt. Revd. Lakdasa de Mel as its first Bishop.More

History
During British rule in Ceylon, the spreading of the gospel according to the Church of England was undertaken by three church organizations. The Church Missionary Society (CMS) operated principally in the rural areas. The society for the propagation of the Gospel (SPG) covered the coastal areas with extensive networks. The Tamil Church Mission which operated under British tutelage catered for the plantation areas. Thus the rural base of the Diocese of Kurunagala was a historical factor stemming from the activities of the Church of England in the nineteenth century. (1950-2000)... More

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