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

Daily Reading

EXODUS

3:1-22



  • The Green School training Programme, Coimbatore Diocese 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

    Feed back
    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
    CSI Synod

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    Green School Training Programme, Chennai 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.

    Feedback:
    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
    CSI Synod

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    A Lower Primary Teacher Closely Associated with the Green School Programme, Hailed for Her Innovative Teaching Skills 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.

    Curricular Activities:
    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

    Extra-Curricular activities:
    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.


    Reported by
    Prof.Dr.Mathew Koshy Punnackad
    Hon.Director, Department of Ecological Concerns
    CSI Synod

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    Colloquium to study the book 'Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics' 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
    CSI Synod

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    Green School Training Programme, Trivandrum 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.

    Feed back:

    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
    CSI Synod

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