Steps Toward Church Union
The areas originally served by the denominations which now compose the new Church of South India are indicated on this map. Some territories overlapped although cooperation among the various groups reduced duplications. An early step toward union was the merger, in 1902, of Presbyterian, Reformed and soon after, Congregational churches, to form a South India United Church.
Officiating here as ministers of this United Church are representatives of three denominations, sent to India from three continents.
A church at Ranipet, built by the Anglicans, was turned over to this union as part of a program of mutual cooperation. Church buildings could be parcelled out among the various denominations, but not so the worshippers within them.