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
CSI SynodDept.of Ecological Concerns
TheEcological Concerns Department of the Church of South India Synod once again gets the international attention when the Website of UNESCO features an extensive article on the activities of the Department and its impact.
You can see the article in the following link:
Dr Mathew Koshy Punnackadu
Director, Ecological Concerns Dept.,
The Annual Green School Programme organized by CSI Synod Department of Ecological concerns was held on 21st to 22nd November 2019, at CSI Synod Centre, Chennai. CSI adopts a Green Audit in schools- an assessment about Land, Air, Water, Food, Energy and Waste, which makes the children use our natural resources judiciously. The eco-friendly practices to be adopted in our daily living and the need to protect our nature were discussed. The resource persons include Dr Sultan Ahmed Ismayil, Director, Eco-science Research Foundation, Chennai, Mr Jacob Swaminathan, Soft-skill Trainer, Prof. Dr Mathew Koshy Punnackad, Hon. Director, CSI Synod Department Ecological Concerns, Dr Pauline Deborah, Associate Professor, Women's Christian College, Chennai, Dr R. J. Ranjit Daniels, Director, Care-Earth Trust, Chennai and Mr Saravanan, World Wide Fund for Nature. CSI Schools which completed Green Audit to 100% participated in this two-day workshop. Teachers from CSI diocesan schools namely Madhya-Kerala, Malabar, Cochin, East-Kerala, South Kerala, Coimbatore, Trichy-Tanjore, Madras, Madurai-Ramnad, Thoothukudi-Nazareth, Vellore, Dornakal,participated. Noble Sam Prince, Green School Facilitator coordinated the programme.
"The earth has music for those who listen. I'm very much inspired to start these initiatives in my school. I'm strongly determined to impart awareness to my students to save them from the hazards of pollution and unhealthy food habits. Resources persons have really motivated us with their knowledge and expertise."
Ms. Lovely John
CMS High School, Pallom
"Campus sustainabilityis the need of the hour. We should start teaching about the need to protect the environment right from their childhood onward. Waste should be seen as a resource and must be managed properly. I will make vermicompost pots- seven days task- in my home and at school and will produce vegetables. The resource persons were excellent in their teaching especially the lecture by Dr, sultan Ismayil sir. The activities conducted by the trainer Mr Jacob Swaminathan were also very nice and thought-provoking."
Ms Norah Prithviraj
St Mary's High School, Khammam
"How the earth got destroyed by our activities should be properly understood. We have to save our planet by adopting eco-friendly patterns. Dr Pauline Deborah from WCC, Chennai delivered how to implement GSP audit in our schools."
Mr P. Ravikumar
CSI Higher Secondary School Dharapuram
"Our oceans are becoming loaded with plastic waste and we are also consuming through our food. We must try to adopt good practices that reduce plastic. Farming is not a burden. Application of technology is more important. The videos including the activities done by various schools inspired me. Glad to know that CSI Synod Ecological Concerns has collaboration with UNEP."
Ms Ruksana K. S.
Church of England Zenana Mission LP School, Tripunithura, Eranakulam.
"Soft-skills is more important for a teacher. We must be more judicious in using our natural resources. We have already destroyed by nature to a great extent. So restoration is not possible, we can only try to rehabilitate our nature. It is not winning the race, but participation is more important. We will try to achieve the goals."
Mr S. Mighavelraja
CSI Pasumalai Higher Secondary School, Madurai.
Prof. Dr Mathew Koshy Punnackad,
Hon. Director, CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns.
The Church of South India (CSI) Synod Department of Ecological Concerns conducted a colloquium titled 'Understanding His Word (The Bible) and His Works (The Creation)' at CSI Synod Centre from 18th to 20th November 2019. It aimedto equipthe pastors to connect their knowledge with nature, through an internationally acclaimed book, "Planet Wise" written by Rev. Dr Dave Bookless. The ecological initiatives are often regarded as a cosmetic makeover, but a transformation in our approach towards nature is needed. This key idea articulated by the resource persons in the Eco-colloquium made the clergy-participants to have a new outlook about worship. Resource persons include Rev.Dr. John Samuel Ponnusamy, Principal, Gurukul Theological College, Chennai, Rev. Dr Mothy Varkey, Faculty, Marthoma TheologicalSeminary, Kottayam, Fr. Paul Thelakat, Editor, Satyadeepam Magazine, Prof. Dr Mathew Koshy Punnackad, Hon. Director, CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns, and Rev. Dr Chilkuri Vasantha Rao, Principal, United Theological College, Bangalore. Fifty pastors from the CSI Dioceses especially Coimbatore, Dornakal, East Kerala, Kanyakumari, Kollam-Kottarakkara, Krishna-Godavari, Madurai-Ramnad, Malabar, Medak, Nandyal, South Kerala, Thoothukudi-Nazareth, Tirunelveli, Trichy-Tanjore, Vellore, participated. Mr Noble Sam Prince, an intern working in the Department of Ecological Concerns coordinated the programme.
"The way we should change our worship in protecting nature also and our opennessto listen to what creation says is more important. 'A clergy is a master of the sacred page', this phrase by Fr. Paul Thelakat really helped me to ponder the more responsibility vested with us to conserve nature. Rev. Dr Mothy Varkey, through his speech, made clear that we are giving more importance to heaven, neglecting our responsibilityto save our mother earth."
Rev. V. John Samuel
"The book, 'Planet wise' really helps us to give answers to those questions which our congregation asks.Rev.Dr. Mothy Varkey Achen and Paul Thelakat Achen delivered great philosophical ideas, in relation to God and nature."
Rev. N. P. Shaji
"We must have a semiotic understanding of our scripture, then the Bible becomes a book of scripture as well as a book of nature. The philosophical ideas an example with great insights really made us wonder about our approach towards nature. I will try to include one aspect of ecology in my coming sermons."
Rev. Christopher David
"God is beyond creation. Creation belongs to God. The knowledge of the resource person in the Old Testament really helped us to understand the creation with apt stories. Rev. John Samuel Ponnusamy is a well-known scholar and his deep knowledge in OT helped us to understand the creation of God in the present-day context."
Rev. H. John Samuel
"Rational understanding of our wrong practices is necessary. The 3 key words said by Fr. Paul Thelakat is very powerful-to read, dispute and preach."
Rev. Iniyan Joshua
"Our voices must be raised for eco-justice. Topics related to rationality, healing, new creation, discipleship, and worship were taught."
Rev. Jerin Sester
Prof. Dr Mathew Koshy Punnackad,
Hon. Director, CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns
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
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.