Aizawl: In a heartfelt display of solidarity, church members from various denominations in Mizoram came together in mass prayer for the restoration of peace in the strife-hit neighboring state of Manipur.
Congregations, undivided by denominations, joined hands to offer their prayers on Sunday, seeking solace and resolution in the troubled region.
This collective act of devotion was prompted by a heartfelt call from the Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), a conglomerate of major church leaders in the state, and the North East India Council of Churches (NEICC) to pray earnestly for peace in Manipur.
While the members of the Presbyterian Church of India’s Mizoram Synod, the largest church denomination in the state, planned their mass prayer for Sunday night, other denominations including the Baptist Church of Mizoram, the Salvation Army, United Pentecostal Church, Evangelical Church of Maraland, and more, held their respective mass prayers on Saturday and Sunday.
Prior to this unified display of devotion, the Catholic church members had already conducted their mass prayer, showing their deep concern for the ongoing issues. These devoted individuals gathered not only to seek justice for the Manipur government but also to pray for the affected families and relatives of those who lost their lives in the ethnic clashes. Additionally, they offered prayers for the thousands of people who have been displaced due to the violence, hoping for their safety and well-being.
During these prayers, church members also expressed their hopes for the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) to be thoughtfully legislated and implemented in the country. They emphasized the importance of preserving the rights and unity of minority religious communities, believing that an inclusive approach would strengthen the fabric of the Indian nation. In their commitment to this cause, several churches, including the MKHC, had previously penned letters to the Law Commission of India, expressing their concerns and opposing any moves that may undermine the UCC’s essence.
This united act of prayer not only exemplifies the spiritual bond within Mizoram’s diverse Christian community but also highlights their unwavering support for their neighbors in Manipur during these challenging times. Through their collective prayers and acts of compassion, they hope to bring solace, justice, and lasting peace to the troubled region.