The first meeting of the Forum for Indian Christian Communicators (FICC)-North Eastern chapter was held at the Clark Theological College, Mokokchung Nagaland on February 5, coinciding with the senate of Serampore College (University) convocation.
Welcoming the gathering, Trinity Theological College, Dimapur principal Rev. Dr. Kavit expressed the urgency and relevance of such forum to revamp the importance of communication studies in theological education, and thanked Gurukul Lutheran Theological College & Research Institute Chennai principal Rev. Dr. Samuel Meshack, for taking the initiative.
Introducing the formation of FICC, Dr. Meshack, who is also chairman of World Association for Christian Communication-Asian Region, highlighted three main objectives of the forum- networking and sharing of resources and experiences among the communicators both within and outside of the country; to critically look into communication curriculum, use in theological colleges and to make it more acceptable to both communication as a discipline and its relevancy to theological education; and to publish resources to be used in colleges, seminars and workshops and in Church ministry.
In his concluding remark, Dr. L. Imsutoshi Jamir, professor communication and media studies at the Eastern Theological College, Jorhat expressed the need of communication to go beyond the border of theological education and church ministry and challenged members to involve sincerely in the ministry of communication.
He also expressed the need to work jointly with other governmental, non-governmental organizations and ministries, pointing out the areas of possibility for collaboration.