The yearlong centenary Celebration of the Unitarian Church, Padu came to a close Saturday last and the celebration which culminated with the Annual conference of the Unitarian Union North East India was held on the February 5 and 6 of 2011 at Padu village in the Amlarem sub division of Jaintia Hills. Unitarian Church, Padu was first started by Ksi Lyngdoh Mukhim and Kat Pohshna in the year 1911. Throughout these hundred long years, the church has grown in leaps and bounds.
Speaking on the occasion Lahkmen Rymbui Parliamentary Secretary in charge Border areas lauded the church for its service not only to the members of its congregation but to the community at large. The church not only run school to cater to the need of the children of the village but recently as a part of the centenary celebration, the church in collaboration with the office of the NHRM and the DM and HO of Jaintia hills has conducted a free health camp in commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the church in which Rymbui was the Chief guest. Rymbui also called on those gathered to shed all our differences that we have as we are all children of One God. Rymbui also urge the liberal church like the Unitarian to take up the issue of preserving and protecting the environment as the church’s agenda as this is the need of the hour.
The Chief Executive Member of Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) L.B. Sumer also spoke on the occasion and released the souvenir to commemorate the solemn occasion. Others whos spoke on the occasion were Stephen Mukhim local MDC, and Rev. Eva Cameron from the Unitarian Universalist Church in Iowa and Rev. Gail Seavy from a church in the state of Tennessee conveyed the greetings from their respective churches and from the Unitarian Universalist Association USA.
On the 6th faithful of the church from different parts of the state include those from Karbi Anglong joined in the 111 annual conference of the Unitarian Union. The main preachers at the conference are Rev. P.G. Marbaniang and Rev. S. Laloo. Both the preachers dwelled profoundly on the theme “bringing the kingdom of heaven on earth.” We are also lucky to have with us Rev. Eva Cameron and Rev. Gail Seavey both of them preached.