Thought for the day
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8
The 4th meeting of the Ecumenical Panel on a New International Financial and Economic Architecture (NIFEA) – a panel of experts in theology and economics convened by the World Council of Churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches, Council for World Mission and the Lutheran World Federation – held in Durban, South Africa, during 16th- 20th March 2019, underlined two critical consequences of the current financial and economic system: the widening wealth gap and climate change. The consultation suggested Taxation as an important tool for sharing wealth equitably within and across countries as well as for holding corporations and citizens accountable. Consultation demanded that the ecological damage caused by the developed countries has to be compensated by the developed countries. Churches have therefore called for the transfer of resources from affluent nations to impoverished ones as well as for debt cancellation as reparations for irreversible loss and damage arising from a warming climate. Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackad, Hon. Director of CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns participated and presented his views in the four-day workshop.
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To promote the message of 'oikumene' among the members and congregations of the CSI in building up a better world based on the values of justice, peace, unity and integrity of creation.
(The CSI Synod instituted a committee for Ecological concerns in 1992. Later, incorporated ecological concerns in the constitution of the CSI. The CSI is the only Church in India which mentions Ecology as a mission in the Constitution and in the Mission statement. The CSI got UNDP Award in 2009 for the eco-conservation activities.)
Create awareness among all people about environmental and ecological concerns and thereby to care for God’s creation.
Teaching the values of sustainability and train people on sustainable living
Encourage people to refrain from abuse of nature’s resources and to strive to keep the earth a habitable place for all.
Encourage parishes to incorporate ecological concerns in their order of worship and include both advocacy and direct action for social justice and the integrity of Creation in missional activities.
Encourage the active participation of all people of good will through prayer, partnership, and involvement, which will help humanity to return to an eco-friendly lifestyle.
Foster eco-friendly congregations, equipping them to realize their role not only as stewards but also as partners of God's creation and address all ecologically sensitive issues.
Motivating Congregation to practice Green Protocol in all the activities of the CSI, thereby changing to a sustainable life style
Implement Green School Programme in all the Schools, to educate students the values of sustainablity.
World Environment Day (WED) celebrations on 5th June and observation of days of ecumenical and ecological relevance.
Observing the Second Sunday of June as Ecological Sunday and initiate various ecological programmes in the parish level.
Green (Diocesan, Parish, School, Home) Awards, Education on sustainable development to Clergy and School teachers.
Diocesan Ecological Convention and Environmental Rally, Rain Water Harvesting, Interactive Eco- Bible Study Programme, Avoiding throw-away plastics, Eco training programme for VBS teachers, Organic farming, Planting of Trees, Pilgrimage to ecologically important places, Regional Eco-Conferences, Green School Programme, publishing of Eco-literatures, Workshops for Ecologically sound church Architecture, promoting Vegetable Garden, Eco-Management in Schools and Churches.
Eco-Missionaries Training Programme and Ecological Workshops for Pastors and heads of institutions.
Consultations and Camps at international, national and diocesan levels.
Eco-auditing, Press-Releases and Statements on Eco-sensitive issues, Publication of Bible-Studies, Liturgies and other relevant resource materials to foster ecological sensitivity.