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 Church of South India is celebrating the second Sunday of June 2018 as Ecological Sunday under the auspices of the Ecological Concerns Department of the CSI Synod. The Sermon is prepared byby Rev.Viji Varghese Eapen, former director of CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns. This English sermon and the translations in Telugu (Rev. Ramulu Immanuel) Tamil (Prof. Philip Robinson), Malayalam (Rev. Viji Varghese Eapen), Kannada (Rev. Ravi Joseph) are attached here.
The Dioceses/churches/institutions are requested to kindly use this sermon on the Ecological Sunday.
Prof. Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackadu,
CSI Synod Ecological Concerns Department.
World Environment Day (WED) celebrations and observation of days of ecumenical and ecological releva
Ecology Sunday Sermon - 2018 English and South Indian Languages
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.
To help the CSI in accomplishing her vision and mission to be a 'United and Uniting' Church.
To explore avenues to play responsible and creative roles in international, national and local ecumenical bodies.
To equip the local congregations to foster harmony between/among people of sister faiths.
To facilitate the CSI to take stands and engage in advocacy on issues related to international, ecumenical and national concerns, where human rights are violated, justice and freedom questioned, integrity of life denied.
To 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.
World Environment Day (WED) celebrations and observation of days of ecumenical and ecological relevance.
Eco-Missionaries Training Programme and Ecological Workshops for Pastors and heads of institutions.
Ecological and Ecumenical Conferences, Consultations and Camps at international, national and diocesan levels.
Eco-auditing and Green-Diocese, Green-Parish, Green-home awards.
Inter-faith Dialogue and Wider Ecumenism initiatives.
Press-Releases and Statements on issues of international, ecumenical and national relevance.
Media-Activism with special focus on Nuke-Free World and Palestine Solidarity Programme.
Inter-Diocesan fellowship get-togethers and twinning of the dioceses with ecumenical partners.
Publication of Bible-Studies, Liturgies and other relevant resource materials to foster ecumenical and ecological sensitivity.