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 CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns organized the training for the teachers on Green School Programme at Vellore Diocese on 12th September 2018 at St.Johns Church Hall, Vellore Fort. The programme began with the meditation of Rev. Jared Arul Jebareuben. Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackad ,Hon.Director of Ecological Concerns and Prof.Dr.Philip Robinson took classes. They explained the significance of GSP and motivated teachers to join the GSP audit. Prof. Dr. Philip Robinson explained the GSP project in Tamil language. Rev. Samraj Kumar, Rev. Christopher David, Rev. Jared Arul Jebareuben, Rev. Ravichandran, Dr. Nirmal Margaret , Rev. Abraham Asaithambi (Chairman, Southern Area), Rev. C. Manimaran( Chairperson, Diocesan Eco Department), Rev. Stanley Christopher, and Rev. Paul Robert Kennedy (Director, Department of Ecological concerns, VDC) rendered active leadership to make the programme a grand success. One hundred teachers participated in the training programme and agreed to join the GSP Audit.
Participants appreciated the training in GSP and they expressed it during the evaluation. Some of their comments are given below: “It was a wonderful programme for me. Children are the nation builders. Through GSP my students who belong to the remote villages will get an awareness to save trees and protect the land. Surely I will avoid throw away plastic materials. It was the best programme I have ever attended. Praise to God.” Mrs. J Mary Vinothini (M.D Crane Middle School, Tindivanam). “Today's program was very useful. I learned something different about the environment. Hereafter I will change my school and its surroundings into a green land” Ms. J Beulah Matry Shyla ( M.D Ele. School, Valayathur). “The two classes held today were very interesting. We learned more about the nature. Hereafter I'll try to make my school as a green school and ask the students to protect the nature” Mr. D Joseph Christopher (M.D Primary School, Peraperi). “I really enjoyed and learned so many things from this program. Now I'm aware of global warming, natural resources and the necessity to protect the nature. For the next generation we have to safeguard and protect nature. Thanks to CSI Synod for giving us a good awareness about our environment” Ms. P Shanthi (CSI Girls Higher Sec. School, Tirupattur) “I will make the children to do all you have told about and make my school into a green school with the help of students. I will ask my students to avoid taking junk food. With the help of students we will clean our classes, houses and wherever we are going. Ask them to educate people” Ms. S Devasanthini (Honnegar Ashram G.H.S, Sarpenmedu). “Praise the Lord. Today's training was good. Already we have registered in GSP audit but in today's meeting I have understood what is my role and how I can do it for the students and for tomorrow's generation. Thank you for arranging such a wonderful meeting.” Ms. S Mary (CSI Public School, Pulikuttai). “ After this training I found that there are so many tasks I've to implement in my school. I have to do something for this nature. I have to change myself first and I want to be be a role model for my students. Hereafter I'll never disturb any living things” Mrs. M Aparna Josephene (M D Primaryt School, Velam). “I have learnt many good things from Director sir's speech. It is very interesting and studied many things about the eco system. Surely I'll share it with my students and family members” Ms. S Hannah Roseline (M D middle School, Melpadi). “This program was wonderful and challenging. We have been encouraged and motivated by the speeches using power point presentations. I will make my school a green school” (Mrs. S Rebecca Shanthy ,Walter Scudder Nursery & Primary School, Tindivanam) . “The program was very useful for us. We will observe the guidelines and make our students &schools, green” (Ms. V Jayalakshmi ,M D School, Kunnathur)
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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.