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 Green School training programme for the Coimbatore Diocese on 11th October at Coimbatore. Rev. Charles Samraj inaugurated the programme. Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackadu, Hon.Director of ecological Concerns gave leadership for the training. Prof. Philip Robinson helped in translation. Rev. Betholomew Ziegen, director of Diocesan ecological Concerns coordinated the programme
Ms. G Suguna, CSI Maticulation School, Madukkarai
It was nice programme. I never attended a class like this. It helped me to understand different aspect of nature. I will tell all things I studied here to my students. 60 boys and 55 girls are studying in my school
Ms. Uma, St. Hyldas School, ooty
It was very informative and interesting. Learnt new aspects of protecting nature . We will encourage students to observe nature. 85 boys and 500 girls are studying in our school.
John Shibu Manick, parkside primary school, Nilgiiri
We have to protect the wonderful creation of God and all the creation are interconnected. I will follow the instructions given by Dr.Mathew Koshy
D Arul Shanti CSI Primary School, slaterpuram
I will ask students to observe nature. I will change my methodology of teaching. The six eco justice principle taught by Dr.Mathew Koshy impressed me a lot. There are 24 boys and 28 girls in our school
Ms MS Evelin Sghanya, CSI primary School, Sulur
Today’s training was really thought provoking. I learned many methods to nurture plants and got many ideas on building a eco friendly atmosphere. Definitely encourage students to create a eco friendly environment
Prof. Dr.Mathew Koshy Punnackad
Hon. Director, Department of Ecological Concerns
The Green School training Programme organized by CSI Synod Department of Ecological concerns was held on 2nd October 2019, at CSI Synod Centre, Chennai. Rev. Praveen Perumalla, EMS Liason officer inaugurated the training programme, Teachers from Nandyal, Kanyakumari, Krishna Godavary, Karnataka North, Medak Dioceses participated. Dr.Mathew Koshy Punnackad, Hon. Director of CSI Synod Department Ecological Concerns and Dr.Gnanasekharan, Assistant Professor of Botany, MCC took classess. Ms. Stella Mary and Noble Sam Prince coordinated the programme.
Ms Glory Dhavamani
CSI Higher Secondary School, Nagai
A total of 1344 students will be taking part in the process of GSP. Today's morning session was very useful to me. We are interconnected. That's a great message, which we must uphold in all the life time. Examples are really connected to our dally life. The biodiversity is getting endangered. I will create a sense of importance in our school.
Mr. Kirankumar, Holy Cross High School, Nandyal.
120 girls and 10 boys will be our eco-warriors. By god's grace, much happy to note that today's message was really touching. I heard many new information about environment. I promise that I will inculcate my students to protect our environment by not littering our places. Let us put our hands together for the coming generations.
Ms Nalini Priscilla, CSI Girls Higher Secondary School, Dharapuram
560 girls will be in the forefront to implement this this programme, in our school. The introduction about the Green School Presentation beautifully reveals the mission and vision of our church to equip students as they are the next generation. The class by Dr. Gnanasekharan was really good. It was a nutshell lecture. The entire day was enriched with real stories and incidents from various parts of the world
Ms. Esther Rani, Dutihe Higher Secondary School, Nagercoil.
I promise that our 2000 students will be following the messages of Green School Programme and Green Protocol. Most of the species and getting endagered. This is a serous situation. Earth is our mother. We must Save our Nature.
Prof.Dr.Mathew Koshy Punnackadu
Honorary Director, Department of Ecological Concerns
Ms Jessy Thomas, CMS LP School, Muhamma has been teaching Maths in an interesting way to the students. She is a member of the Ecology Committee of CSI Madhya Kerala Diocese. This school got Green School award of CSI several times. This video became viral when it came in the FaceBook Post of the Education Minister of Kerala. The CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns Congratulates Ms Jessy Thomas for her innovative teaching methodology. She is teaching maths in a poetical way in the Malayalam language. Once the school was on the verge of closing. Dedicated HM and teachers are responsible for the progress of this school.
About the School
Started around the year 1855 by Rev Joseph Peet, CMS LP School stands as the first school in Muhamma village of Alappuzha District. Kerala. The school is located near the Coast of Vembanadu Lake and serves as a medium of education for the children of families in and around the Muhamma Panchayath. Through the years the school has seen many ups and downs but now stands as one of the prestigious institutions in CSI Madhya Kerala Diocese.
Currently, there are around 700 children in our school from nursery to 4th standard, mostly hailing from the families of coir workers and fishermen. Our school keeps a good standard in both curricular and extra-curricular fields.
Representation and achievements:
• Selected from Cherthala sub-district to participate and present thesis in the seminar “involvement of School clubs in uplifting Academic excellence”, held at Thiruvananthapuram during the year 2009-’10 and 2010-’11.
• Awarded ‘Best school’ in Cherthala Sub-district during 2007-’08, 2009-’10 and 2010-’11.
• Best PTA Award for the year 2011 in Cherthala sub-district
• ‘Best School’mikavothsavam award for the year 2015-’16 in Alappuzha district was given by SarvaSikshaAbhyan.
• Mrs Jolly Thomas, headmistress got the best state school teacher award for the year 2013-‘14
• Through the initiative and participation of PTA and Students, Agricultural and medicinal gardens were introduced in the schools, which gave us the HarithaVidhyalayam award from the education department, a horticultural award from horticorp wing, green school award from Madhya Kerala diocese and
• Wonderla environment and energy conservation award 2012.
• Our school has two units of Bharath scouts. Mr Muhammad Rafi, our scoutmaster got the best sub-district scoutmaster award.
• One of the recognisable achievements of our school is our Band group.
• Overall and individual championship in Sports competition.
During the last 10 years, we got a record enrolment. The number of students enrolled during 2015-’16 was 725 which was only 299 during the year 2005-06.
Other than classroom teaching the school has taken initiative in uplifting the academic level in children. Some of the programmes the school introduced are:
1. Quality based English learning programme
2. Language fest
3. Port-folio exhibition
4. Reading corner
5. Simple science experiments
6. Way of knowledge- a quiz programme
1. Honesty shop: an initiative taken to build honesty among children
2. Care and share: Programme started to make children contribute to help each other at the time of need
3. Walk with the scholars: Pick up some children with high IQ and give special coaching
4. Leave plastic, save the earth
5. My Day (class-based cultural programme): A day set apart for each class to showcase the performance of each student in that class
6. Band troop
7. Karate class
8. Keep the school clean programme
9. Butterfly garden:
10. Love feast: A day when teachers, students and parents of the class get together in a fellowship lunch
11. Field trip: Visiting various centres in and around the panchayath to invoke community sense within the students.
12. Icon of Month: introducing an eminent personality to all the children.
Prof.Dr.Mathew Koshy Punnackad
Hon.Director, Department of Ecological Concerns
The CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns arranged a Colloquium to study the book 'Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics' written by Norman C Habel and Peter Trudinger on 30th September to 1st October 2019 at CSI Synod Centre, Chennai.
The colloquium helped the participants to think critically and clearly about theBible's relation to modern environmental issues. The book expands the horizon of biblical interpretation to introduce ecological hermeneutics, moving beyond a simple discussion about Earth and its constituents as topics to a reading of the text from the perspective of Earth. Rev.Dr. John Samuel Ponnuswamy, Rev.Dr. Mothy Varkey and Dr.Sam P Mathew were the resource persons.
Feedback from the participants:
Rev.Pratap Vasamalla Diocese of Dornakal . Privileged to attend this colloquium –Ecological Hermeneutics. I’m enlightened and empowered to continued my ecological sensitivity towards the society. Learned three new Hermeneutical tools in this colloquium Suspicion, Identification and Retrieval. Able to see the Biblical texts in ecological perspective by using above mentioned tools.
Dn S.Immanual Arputha Kumar Diocese of Thoothukudi – Nazareth. Very much helpful, two days enjoyed very much in the learning process of Exploring and Ecological Hermeneutics. Perspective has changed and dedicated to teach and preach to the congregation.
Rev. Alexander Samuel Diocese of South Kerala. Selection of the Book is very much useful. Resource persons presented the chapters in an attractive way and their responses to questions were also very much interesting. Helped a lot to know more about possibilities of ecological hermeneutics.
Rev. V. Samuel Jebaraj Diocese of Kanya Kumari,Colloquiumwas arranged very systematically. Helped a lot to know about ecology with Biblical perspective and helped me to earn many friends from various Dioceses. And would like to attend the colloquium, to become an eco-activist.
Rev. P. Austin Diocese of Coimbatore. Excellent Programme to study ecological concerns. It’s a heart touching, on knowing and feeling the voice of the creation. Rev. V. Paul Robert Kennedy Diocese of Vellore. Rich experience in my ministerial journey able to claim another height in terms of ecological knowledge.
Dn. P. Prakash Gnanadurai Diocese of Tuticorin-Nazareth. Present context needs this type of reading scriptures. I learned nature talks in a spiritual sense. This colloquium has thought new thinking and dimension in ecological sense.
Prof.Dr.Mathew Koshy Punnackad
Hon.Director, Department of Ecological Concerns
The Green School training Programme organized by CSI Synod
Department of Ecological concerns was held on 28th September, 2019, at womens Centre, LMS Campus, Trivandrum, Kerala state. Rt.Rev.Dharmaraj Rasalam, Bishop of South Kerala Diocese presided over the function. Dr.T.N Seema, Vice Chair person of Haritha Keralam Mission inaugurated the training programme. Dr.Rosebit , Secretary of the Diocese, Rev. Gnana das, Vice president of the Diocese, Mr. Austinraj, Rev.Ajinlal, Mr.Prasanth, Dr.Mathew Koshy Punnackadu addressed the gathering during the inaugural function.105 participants including teachers and head of the institutions from all the SKD diocesan schools. Haritha Keralam staff and Dr.Mathew Koshy took classes.
Mr Pius M F, CMS Higher Secondary School, Thrissur
282 boys and 84 girls will be involving in the Green School Mission. All the sessions were really informative. I will inculcate the value of intrinsic worth to my students. Most of the suggestions given are really applicable to our surrounds, we will implement them.
Ms G. Vimala, LMS School, Achumaramkala
Our 200 boys and 200 girls could be sensitized about the immediate need to conserve our natural resources. I will encourage my students to follow the Green protocol in their daily life. Actually we can minimize the usage of plastic to a greater extent, if we could make a small step.
Mr. Roshan M S.
GSP project will get the involvement of 200 boys and 150 girls from my school. Today's class was interesting and useful to us. We really understood how to capacitate students for effective waste management practices.
Mr. Alex Manoharan
150 boys and 108 girls would be involving this project. Excellent class and we got new ideas about how to keep or environment and surrounds eco-friendly.
Ms. Beena Joy, LMS UPS, Parasuvaikal
The class was very good. I can understand our reluctant approach towards nature. We will register for Green School Programme. Together we will do activities that conserve nature. It was a thought-provoking one.
Pof.Dr.Mathew Koshy Punnackadu
Hon.Director, Department of Ecological Concerns
World Environment Day (WED) celebrations on 5th June and observation of days of ecumenical and ecolo
The book gives the details about the Green School Programme of the Church of South India Synod Ecolo
CSI Green School Programme: Success Stories is a publication by the Ecological Concerns Department o
Ecology Sunday Sermon - 2018 English and South Indian Languages
September Issue - Oikos
green parable - ecological concerns
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.