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
CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns organized a training for teachers and Clergy of Kollam Kottarakara Diocese on the Green School Programme on 6th Novmeber 2018 at Blind School , Varkala. The Rt.Rev. Oommen George , Bishop of Kollam Kottarakara Diocese inaugurated the programme. Rev.Bhanu Samuel, Vice President, Rev. I Baby Secretary Board of Ecological Concerns and Mr. Beeaet, Coordinator Board of Ecological Concerns offered felicitations. Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackad, Hon.Director of Ecological Concerns took the class. He explained the significance of GSP and motivated teachers and clergy. The total number of participants- Sixty.
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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.
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 from a Christian perspective.
Motivating Congregation to practice Green Protocol in all the activities of the CSI.
Promote Green School Programme in all the Schools of the CSI.
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, 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.