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 teachers' training for School twinning initiative (STI) was held on 24th and 25th February 2020 at CSI Synod Centre, Chennai. Dr Mathew Koshy Punnackad explained the significance of teaching Sustainable values to Children and about School twinning Initiative(STI). Mr SonyThomas, an HR trainer, motivated the teachers for giving leadership in eco-activities in their schools. Mr Saravanan, a WWF staff, enlightened the teachers on Plastic tide turner project of UNEP. Hence CSI is the official partner of this project of UNEP in South India, he requested the cooperation of all the teachers. Mr Ranjit Daniels, Managing Director of Care Earth, explained how to make STI more meaningful and relevant. Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, Director of Communications Department of the CSI Synod, delivered the concluding address. Thirty-five teachers participated.
The following Schools will be having a twinning programme with the Oxford Schools in the United Kingdom from June 2020 onwards.
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
Jacqueline Bina Stanly, BEM Lower Primary School Payannur, Malabar Diocese: "All the sessions were very useful and thought-provoking."
M. Lilly Manohari , OCPM girls Higher Secondary School, Madurai Diocese: "The training was very useful. It was an eye-opener. I will teach my students the information I gathered from here."
Ms Grace Devang, CSI EM AP School, Krishna Godavari Diocese: "Very effective training. Our School avoided plastic and junk foods. We use cloth bags. We plant saplings on the birthdays of our students."
Ms Norah Prithviraj, St. Mary’s Aided High School, Dornakal Diocese: "The resource persons' ability in imparting knowledge and the motivation given was awesome. I shall try my best to be a role model for my children. Our school will for a healthy environment."
Prof. Dr Mathew Koshy Punnackad
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Ecology Sunday Sermon - 2018 English and South Indian Languages
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Silent Rhythm: Green Tales for Children- Published by the Rev. Dr. AshishAmos of the Indian Society
Earth Bible Sermons: Volume-3 — jointly published by the Rev. Dr. Ashish Amosof the Indian Soc
Earth Bible Sermons: Volume-2 — jointly published by the Rev. Dr. Ashish Amosof the Indian Soc
Earth Bible Sermons – 1 — jointly published by the Rev. Dr. Ashish Amos of theIndian Soc
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.