Church Citizen’s Voice (CCV) is an all-English portal to unite people of Goodwill around the world. It is inspired by the radiant image of a smiling Jesus triumphant over his cross. That is life, crushing pain followed by comforting victory. No crown without cross, is the message. Life’s challenge is to: Bear the cross and win the crown.
CCV is not a one-man show but a team work of a triumvir if you please, to emphasis the central truth of human life: “United we stand, divided we fall”. Secret of success in life is not independence, but interdependence to share and care and complement since no one is self-sufficient in today’s global village where no one is an island cut off from the rest of humanity. So take a look at CCV below that speaks through pictures and prose.
Office Bearers of
Church Citizens’ Voice (CCV)
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By CCV Staff Writer
Editors of CCV
Editor in Chief
Dr. James Kottoor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Joseph Mattappally (email@example.com)
Zach Nedunkanal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Introducing CCV Editors & Global Team(CCCC)
Bowing Humbly to Readers:
Introducing CCV Team Workers
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Church Citizens’ Voice (CCV) is not a one-man show, but the result of a team work for service, not profit, propelled by a vision for unity, fraternity, equality and liberty in an environment of total transparency called for by Jesus, Pope Francis and philosopher Voltaire.
A three-member team has been planning and working together for long. They launched the CCV project seven months ago without much ado, on Nov.6th 2014. There was always the belief, there still is, that anything started by Church Citizens (laity) without the active support and blessing of the clergy will never succeed. Team CCV instead believes that nothing started with divisive mentalities like, Clergy, Laity, Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, religious, agnostic, atheistic can never ever succeed for the simple reason: none of them has the substance of permanence due to internal feuds and competition for supremacy.
That may be why Pope Francis said: ‘My God is not a Catholic God.’ Only a humanely human and all embracing “Son of Man” vision of Jesus eloquently expressed also by Sri Narayana Guru: “One God, one religion, for one all-embracing humanity” alone can sail gloriously and peacefully above all man-made divisions. Recall here also Vayalar Rama Varma’s prophetic poem: “Man created religions and religions created Gods. Then humans, religions and Gods held the marathon conference and divided this sweet mother earth, divided the fertile minds of humans among themselves.”
These divisions should be wiped out of the face of the earth. With this conviction in mind the team worked silently and anonymously for the last seven months as a testing time to see how readers respond, that is, to see how many daily visitors (or ‘daily hits’ technically) the new website could attract. Of course CCV started very low, as low as 100, then it shot up to 200, 500 etc and to the organizers surprise daily hits touched 1350 on Nov.14th,2014 according to our technical expert, Sri Joseph Mattappally. That was a day of jubilation and James Kottoor announced it in one of his articles.
That was the time when the organizers decided to go public and announced the names in the Triumvir in CCV on 15-6-’15, as Zach, Jose and James, imitating distantly in their own way, the mysterious Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, all equal but purposely reversing the order here, imitating Peter who got crucified head down and legs up to register his unworthiness to be like Jesus even in death. Thus team CCV also is registering its inability to grasp both the hierarchy and equality in a mysterious Godhead, but at the same time trying to stress and proclaim their equality in CCV team, even when one is called the Chief (or cheap) Editor and the other two as Associate editors.
However readers of CCV must now know who is who in the CCV. The first rung operators are the three already announced. Its second rung workers are the Contributors, Collaborators, Counselors and Correspondents (CCCC) around the world. We shall introduce them one by one as we go, for easy digestion.
Sri Zach Nedunkanal
So we now start with introducing one of our Associate Editors Sri Zach Nedunkanal. He is a person who hates to launch himself as a journalist or a writer on matters pertaining to Church renewal.
Still he goes on writing. Why? He does it, firstly because, at least his upbringing in his early youth was church related and therefore when some powerful idea about it germinates, grows and ripens he allows it to explode, that is, to get incarnated, like the Word made flesh.
Every honest Word conceived must be let out or be allowed to be borne. Suppressing it forcefully is equivalent to artificial termination of a pregnancy. Whenever he expressed himself thus, there was a loud applause and hearty reception, which alone prompts him to go on writing with double vigour. That is his version.
But the fact is he has had his higher studies in universities outside Kerala, including three years study in Sussex England, deepening his knowledge at the same time in English, German and French. Being linguistically versatile brought him in contact with many of the renowned and radical thinkers and writers of Europe like Hans Küng, Eugen Drewermann and philosophers like Nietzsche, Heidegger, sociologists like Eric Fromm etc.
He also kept notes on what he read and liked. As for his formal regular education in his youthful years, he says he profited practically nothing, except gaining elementary knowledge in maths and the two languages, English and Malayalam. Hence he sets no value at all on his formal education and hates to look at even his post graduate certificates in philosophy and sociology and hesitates to formulate a formal curriculum vitae.
He started his career in Mumbai as social worker and then as a trainee in Photo-typesetting at the firm SPADS at Worli, the very first firm in India to introduce computerized typesetting. He then moved to Canada and from there to Switzerland working for about 25 years in the field of Desk Top Publishing (DTP) and printing.
He dedicated his ample leisure time to avid reading and study of languages. Zach was borne on 28th January 1943 and lives at: Peringulam post, via Poonjar, Kottayam Dt. – 686582.Tel. 04822271922 / 9961544169, email: email@example.com. He is married with two children, both well employed in Switzerland.
What is important for Zach, as he is called by friends, is that he hates to promise big – A BIG ACHE DIN – and produce little. This interviewer also agrees with that view. So let us wait and see. We shall interview him after one or two years later. (Rest of the team to be slowly introduced later.)
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1 Joseph Mattam <email@example.com>
That is a great initiative; you and your team have all my support, encouragement and blessings, carry on the great work. I wish you and your team all success; make your voice heard in the Church. God bless you all. Of the many articles I have, you can print whatever you like. All the best. Joe
2. John Rose <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Very glad to be informed of Mr. Zach, his background and achievements. Assuring co-operation, John
3. C.Amirtha Raj
Yes. It is a good move. Thinai, Nagercoil
4. Virginia Saldanha email@example.com>
Your aims of CCV is good. However in order to draw in women thinkers who are feminists I request you to please use inclusive language. If you do not, it will only drive a wedge between CCV and women. For example : "no man is an island" you can write "No one is an island".
Secondly you may not have a one man show, but it definitely is a three man show! Can we see at least one woman on your team?
If you want to present a face of the Laity it should be an inclusive face where both women and men play an equal role and are represented equally as well. Virginia
5. Jose Mullappallil, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Hi Mr. Kottoor
Thanks for the great message which might help to open the eyes of many. I have been reading all your articles. all are good. Hope and pray that you get lots of energy and time to write more.jose , Chicago
6. Jose Kalliduckil, email@example.com
We are all really proud of you for everything you are doing to keep our movement alive. I am confident that in the years to come we will be a force to be reckoned with and respected. Even though some of us are not rising up to your expectations, rest assured that we are all solidly behind you and this movement. Regards, Jose, Chicago