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 a one day Green retreat for the Clergy of Madurai Ramnad Diocese on 10th July 2018 at the American College, Madurai. The Rt.Rev. M. Joseph, Chairman of CSI Synod Ecological Concerns Committee presided over the Green retreat. Felicitations were offered by Rev.Dr. A. Yakkobu(Deputy Chairman CSI DMR), Rev A. David Jebaraj (Clergy Secretary CSI DMR), Adv.C.Fernandas Rathina Raja (Lay Secretary CSI DMR), Er T.John Mahendran (Treasurer CSI DMR), Mr Edwin Chelliah (Registrar CSI DMR), Prof Dr Davamani Christopher (Principal, The American College Madurai), Prof Dr G J Abraham (Vice Principal The American College Madurai) and Prof Dr Mrs Helan Monica Rathinakumar ( Bursar The American College Madurai). Prof.Dr.Mathew Koshy Punnackad, Hon.director of ecological Concerns took the two sessions. 130 Clergy participated in the one day programme. The Bishop, Hon,Director and the officers of the diocese planted saplings on the campus of the College. The Clergy actively participated in the interactive eco bible study programme. Bishop M Joseph attended the programme throughout.Rev. J Rajan, Eco director of Madurai Ramnad Diocese, Mr. Mosses Packaiaraj, GSP coordinator, Mr. Jumbro Prince synod Ecology member and Rejo T Eipe, GSP facilitator of CSI Synod gave leadership in organizing the programme.
Prof.Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackad
Hon.director of CSI Synod Department of Ecological ConcernsBack
The CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns organized a Green School training Programme for the teachers of Madurai Ramnad Diocese on 11th July 2018 at American College, Madurai. The Bishop M Joseph, Bishoppamma and the Hon,Director planted saplings on the campus of the College in presence of the officers of Diocese and the Principal of the College. The Rt.Rev. M. Joseph, Chairman of CSI Synod Ecological Concerns Committee presided over the training programme. Mrs Leela Manohari ( Bishop Amma CSI DMR) delivered the keynote address. Rev.Dr. A. Yakkobu(Deputy Chairman CSI DMR),Rev A. David Jebaraj- Clergy Secretary CSI DMR), Adv.C.Fernandas Rathina Raja (Lay Secretary CSI DMR), Er T.John Mahendran (Treasurer CSI DMR), Mr Edwin Chelliah (Registrar CSI DMR), Prof Dr Davamani Christopher (Principal The American College Madurai), Prof Dr G J Abraham (Vice Principal The American College Madurai) and Prof Dr Mrs Helan Monica Rathinakumar ( Bursar The American College Madurai) offered felicitations. Prof.Dr.Mathew Koshy Punnackad, Hon.director of ecological Concerns presented the significance of the Green School Programme. Prof. Philip Robinson elaborated the details of the CSE Green School Programme.110 teachers participated in the one day training programme. Rev. J Rajan, Eco director of Madurai Ramnad Diocese, Mr. Mosses Packaiaraj, GSP coordinator, Mr. Jumbro Prince synod Ecology member and Rejo T Eipe, GSP facilitator of CSI Synod gave leadership in organizing the programme.
Prof.Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackad
Hon.director of CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns
The Skill Enhancement training program for Rural Youth under project MITHRA exclusively concentrating on those rural youth aspiring to migrate to urban areas in search of better education and livelihood opportunities was held in the remote locations of Antergaon and Panigiri mission fields of Karimnagar Diocese from 25th to 30th June 2018. 65 young people from the rural context attended this training program.
The main objective of this program was to enhance the already existing skills of the rural youth in building their confidence to face the challenges they would face in the urban context due to migration. In a context of denied opportunities and hard conditions of life, though very talented and resourceful, our rural youth have always struggled to cope with the challenges this market economy offers. It is in this framework, the purpose of this program becomes more meaningful in enabling them to set goals, work in a team, map their careers, prove their leadership abilities and become more competent in the urban setting of life.
Through Skill enhancement training for Rural Youth, this program aims to provide the rural youth with opportunities for participation and growth, giving them various life coping and employable skills, help them realize their own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to face the challenges and competitions of the modern world. This experiential learning focuses on the understanding of self and others and promotes positive attitudes and behaviour in the individual.
The Bishop of Karimnagar Diocese Rt. Rev. Dr. Rueben Mark inaugurated this event and encouraged the young people to lead meaningful lives to become resourceful to the church and the wider community. He encouraged the young people to over come their limitations and assured God’s accompaniment in every walk of their lives. He motivated them to make use of this training to the maximum to become competent and sure about their goals and purpose in life.
The training program in two different locations enabled the young people to discern and understand their priorities and build their confidence. At the end of the program they opined that the training was very useful and first of its kind in their context.
The Synod Youth Department acknowledges all the support rendered by the Youth Department of CSI Karimnagar Diocese and Skill factory, the professional institute for their expertise and support in sending their trainers to come and conduct this training program. Many such training programs are planned to reach the rural youth of CSI in the coming days.Back
“Islands of Light in the Oceans of Darkness” was the theme for the South Asian Christian Youth Network (SACYN) 2018 core group meeting held at the Anglican Church of Myanmar from 25th to 30th May 2018. Rev. Solomon Paul, the CSI Synod Youth Director represented the Church of South India and facilitated the process of planning with the program committee as the core group looks at its major conference in 2019 on the theme ‘Affirming Life: Embracing Diversity’
Christian Young people from South Asia region along with a few senior friends and Mission partners of SACYN were present during this meeting which also took a stock of SACYN and its impacts in its member churches at the grass root levels. It enabled SACYN to be more grounded in its purpose and with the theology of radical discipleship paving its way forward in the years to come.Back
The Communication Department of the Church of South India Synod has initiated the "One Church; One Web" concept and uses various social media to communicate the varied and novel activities of the synod as well as the dioceses to the members of the church and the general public. The latest brochure for the department, in a form of a WhatsApp chat, which is conceived and designed by the department gives the details about the responsibilities and activities of the department. It is noteworthy that one of the major communication systems the CSI Synod uses is WhatsApp Broadcast. You can subscribe to this by sending your name (mandatory) and the diocese (optional) to the official WhatsApp number of CSI Synod: +91 9840577404
You can download the brochure here.
Rev. Sunil Raj Philip,