Welcome to this new blog by Dr Vinoth Ramachandra, IFES Secretary for Dialogue and Social Engagement.
We hope to have 2-3 items posted here each month, to help you think critically about the application of faith to issues we face as global Christians each and every day. We look forward to your comments left on this blog, and to seeing you engage with these issues in a variety of ways.
But firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce my friend and colleague, before leaving this space for his writing.
Dr Vinoth Ramachandra was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he also had his secondary schooling. He holds bachelors and doctoral degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of London. Instead of pursuing an academic career, he returned to Sri Lanka in 1980 and helped to develop a Christian university ministry in that country. In 1987 he was invited to serve as the South Asian Regional Secretary for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), a global partnership of over 150 autonomous and indigenous university student movements. He now serves on the IFES Senior Leadership Team as Secretary for Dialogue & Social Engagement. His multi-faceted role includes giving public lectures and seminars in universities, and helping Christian graduates think and respond as Christians to some of the social, cultural and political challenges they face in their national contexts throughout the world. He has also taught in several theological seminaries and conferences in other parts of the world.
Dr Ramachandra lives in Sri Lanka with his Danish wife, Karin, whom he married in 1998. She is a trained counsellor and Bible teacher. Dr Ramachandra has been involved for many years with the Civil Rights Movement in Sri Lanka, as well as with the global Micah Network and A Rocha (a world-wide biodiversity conservation organization). He is the author of several essays and books of which the most recent is Subverting Global Myths: Theology and the Public Issues that Shape Our World (2008).