Tribal Christians to converge in Shillong

Tribal Christians from several parts of the world would converge here next week to promote tribal ways of worshipping.

Last Updated: Sep 02, 2010, 23:46 PM IST

Shillong: Tribal Christians from several
parts of the world would converge here next week to promote
tribal ways of worshipping.

"It is an endeavour to bring tribal people together to
worship the creator in traditional ways," said Matt Leblanc of
iEmergence, an NGO organising the tribal Christian gathering
from September 9 to 12.

Informing that the first such gathering of tribal
Christians was held in New Zealand in 1996, he said the
meeting was held every two years in different parts of the
globe, the last being held in Israel in 2008.

"One of the reasons behind the endeavour is to bring
about reconciliation amongst different tribal communities in
the North-east," the NGO`s member L Mang Ngaithe said adding
that war, conflict, denominationalism and communalism prevails
amongst the tribal Christians in the region.

"So by worshipping God together we shall try and
strengthen bonds amongst each other so that there will be less
room for fighting with each other," he added.

Being a place frequented by tribals from all over the
North-east, Shillong is a strategic location for holding the
Christian congregation, the organisers said.

Tribal delegates from four countries, USA, Canada,
Philippines and Malaysia would join their Christian brethren
from North-east India to worship God through their own
language, songs, culture and musical instruments.

PTI