The mission of JDV is to foster an integral understanding of the human person which mediates the vision of Jesus for India.
This Vision Statement implies a whole series of objectives that JDV has set before itself, all of them seen in the interface between science, philosophy and religion.
As a basis, we will need a human and philosophical vision that will promote personal, social and ecological well-being. On the theological level, in the light of Scripture and Tradition, we have to spell out Jesus’ vision for India. Contextualising this will demand processes of accurate information, critical analysis, and creative reflection on the Indian reality, religious pluralism, the Christian Faith, and the relationship between science, society and religion. Such an inter-disciplinary approach will enable us to articulate and develop an Indian Christian response to the situation of our country, with special reference to the oppressed and marginalized sections of society, such as women and the poor.
JDV’s vision will lead it to promote dialogue among religions, cultures, communities, and secular movements, in order to make a positive thrust towards inculturation. In the intra-Christian pluriform sphere, there will be a striving to foster dialogue with other denominations, as well as communion among individual Catholic churches, motivated by a respectful recognition of various traditions. Finally, in its avowed aim of service to the Church in India, JDV will endeavour to form Christian leaders imbued with the outlook and motivational principles that have just been outlined.
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