The United Christian Cultural Association (UCCA) welcomed the festive season with a dazzling Christmas Carols Nite Banquet held at Monty’s Elegant Banquet, drawing over 300 guests for an evening of joyous celebration. The event featured a medley of melodious carols, vibrant dances, a skit, and an inspiring yuletide sermonette, with acclaimed singer/composer Quincy Chett adding a touch of magic to the festivities.
Honored with the presence of United States Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi as the Chief Guest of Honor, the event showcased the UCCA’s commitment to fostering interfaith and inter-denominational unity. Congressman Krishnamoorthi commended the leadership team for their outstanding efforts in hosting a grand Christmas celebration, emphasizing the universal significance of the holiday.
In his address, Congressman Krishnamoorthi highlighted the inclusive spirit of Christmas, stating that it is a time for people of all religions to come together. He encouraged attendees to embody the ideals of humility, justice, and mercy during the holiday season, emphasizing the importance of living out these principles rather than merely preaching them.
The UCCA women’s team, adorned in resplendent colors, took center stage to honor Congressman Krishnamoorthi and Dr. Priya Krishnamoorthi, presenting them with shawls and flower bouquets as tokens of appreciation for their inspiring remarks and gracious presence.
Special greetings were extended by Mr. T D Bhutia, Deputy Consul General of India, on behalf of the Consulate General of India. He expressed gratitude to the UCCA team for hosting a spirited Christmas celebration.
Dr. Heyer Paul Devarapalli, welcoming the guests, outlined the mission of the United Christian Cultural Association, emphasizing its dedication to advancing the culture and faith of the Christian community. Keerthi Kumar Ravoori, Director, emphasized the universal celebration of Christmas and its role in fostering interfaith harmony.
Rev. Dr. Peter Pereira delivered a yuletide sermonette, presenting the contemporary vision of Christmas and highlighting its timeless message of hope for the world. Principal hosts for the Christmas Banquet included Dr. Heyer Paul Devarapalli, Raju Pasumarthi, Emmanuel Neela, Sunil Joshua, Vasanth Charles, Keerthi Kumar Ravoori, Satish Dadepogu, and Ravi Pulukuri.
UCCA President Raju Pasumarthi Enoch discussed the organization’s initiatives to empower the Telugu Christian community and make a positive impact on people’s lives. Vice President Emmanuel Neela outlined the UCCA’s vision statement and future programs, including music festivities, cricket tournaments, and family retreats.
The event attracted a diverse audience, with representatives from Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh communities joining Christian families in the celebration. Telugu organizational leaders and local pastors, along with media partners Suresh Bodiwala of Asian Media USA and Prachi Jaitley, Phani Krishna of IUSA Media, were also in attendance.
The Christmas Banquet proved to be a joyous and harmonious celebration, bringing together people from different faiths and backgrounds to commemorate the festive season in the spirit of unity and goodwill.