Sangamam as we know is a term for a gathering. The event Sangamam was a get together of all the trainees of the Mar Thoma Navodaya Movement Society which was held at the Kuttapuzha Jeusalem Mar Thoma Church on 23 Feb 2019. Mar Thoma Navodaya Movement Society has trained over 90 individuals in the past year alone. This event was held to foster the feelings of acceptance of this community by the church and the faith community.
The event Sangamam was inaugurated by Shri. Mathew T. Thomas , MLA. He congratulated Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius and the Mar Thoma Church for advancing the ministry towards the Transgender community in leaps and bounds. The key note speaker, Shri. Oommen Chandy, Former Chief Minister of Kerala expressed his appreciation to the church for taking up this cause. He stated that the Transgender state policy was introduced during his tenure as a Chief Minister and he was more than willing to help bridge any gaps due to any deficiencies in the current policy. He expressed his happiness and commended on the actions of the church for helping the marginalized. Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius emphasized on the need for the church to be involved in helping and bringing the marginalized into the main stream society. He emphasized on the need of the church to be more inclusive. Mrs Preethi Kuruvila spoke of the different trainings held by Mar Thoma Navodaya Movement Society, the challenges and the uniqueness of the experience of working with this community.
Ms. Ravi Maya, a Transgender gave a reflection of their experience as a trainee. He expressed his appreciation of the church for its commitment to their community, and for showing acceptance which most of them have not experienced, even from their very own families.
Mr Thomas a trainer was engaged to provide interactive sessions focussing on team building and developing life skills. The session emphasized on the need for team work, through the games, role plays and group discussion.
Mar Thoma Navodaya Movement Society would like to thank Rev. K.E.Geevarghese and the committee members of the Kuttupuzha Mar Thoma church for hosting and conducting the event.