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"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

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EXODUS

3:1-22

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CMSLP School in Vechoochira in Kerala Makes the CSI Proud Ecological Concerns

The CMS Lower Primary School, Vechoochira, makes history becoming one among the winning schools of GSP Audit conducted by Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi. The School will receive the Green School Award on 6th February in a ceremonial function at Delhi.

CMS Lower Primary School, Vechoochira is an aided school under the auspices of the Madhya Kerala Diocese of the Church of South India (CSI) situated in a rural area in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala. There are 430 students and 17 teachers in this School. The salary of the teachers is given by the government and education is free for all the students. CMS LPS Vechoochira has been actively involved in the Green School Programme since 2014. In 2016, this school bagged the second place in the Green School survey conducted by Malayala Manorama, the largest circulated daily in India, among 7000 schools in Kerala. The students of this school avoided plastic bottles or any throwaway plastics. The students know the problems related to throw-away plastics and they raised the slogan, “Beat Plastic Pollution”. Instead of plastic ball pens, they are using ball pens made out of waste papers. There is a seed in all these pens. As the students are aware of the life in their ballpoint pens, they are burying the pens in the land after use, anticipating that the seed will sprout. In order to counter plastic bags, students are using cloth bags. The School adopted a ward consisting of 400 houses for propagating waste management techniques. A batch of five students visited around 30 houses along with the parents and Senior students studying in Colleges. It became a programme of the whole village with the participation of different categories of people. All the waste from the village has been removed from the village with the support of other agencies and recycling units. The school owns a biodiversity park. They have a good kitchen garden.

The students are active not only in extracurricular activities but also in curricular activities. Students are performing well in all types of Quiz competitions conducted by many agencies and the school got many awards and prizes. The School got the best School award, best headmaster award and the best teacher award from District administration. The Headmaster of the School, Mr. SabuPulladu who is a recipient of the best teacher award, told that out of the seven scholarships available to 79 lower primary schools in Ranny revenue subdivision, the students of this school bagged six scholarships. This year, inspired by the good performance of the school, six students who were studying in a central school nearby joined this school. The Green School Programme has changed the outlook, attitude and performance of the students and teachers.

Prof. Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackadu,
Director, CSI Synod Ecological Concerns
 

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Green Protocol for CSI Weddings Ecological Concerns

Mr. Anjay and Mrs. Nisha, a young couple who got married at the St. Thomas CSI Church at Punnackadu, near Kozhencherry, Kerala under the Madhya Kerala Diocese of the Church of South India (CSI) on 27th December 2018, have got the privilege to become the first to comply with the green protocol guidelines of the Church of South India (CSI). The couple planted a pair of jackfruit saplings on the church premises during their wedding ceremony. CSI Moderator Bishop Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, who was the chief celebrant of the wedding service, blessed two saplings of Jack fruit saplings and Rev. Dr. D. R. Sadananda, General Secretary of CSI Synod, handed over it to the young couple for planting. Rt. Rev. Dr. Oommen George, the Bishop inof Kollam Kottarkara Diocese of CSI, Prof. P. J. Kurien; fFormer  Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, and Mr. Suresh Kurup M. P were present. The CSI Synod had approved the Green Protocol for Green Discipleship (GPGD) policy document presented by the Department of Ecological Concerns of the Church a month ago. The CSI is the only Indian Church recognised by the UNDP with an eco award. The 12-point document was approved by the CSI Synod Executive which was held on 20th and 21st November 2018 at Chennai. As directed in the Green Protocol of CSI, plastic materials were completely avoided during the Church Service and in the reception of the marriage. Drinking water was served in glass tumblers (avoiding plastic bottles). Small packets of vegetable seeds were given to all our invitees to encourage vegetable cultivation.  Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, Director of Synod Communications, Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackadu, Director of Ecological Concerns, and Mr. Raju Abraham MLA also attended the wedding, which became a milestone in the history of the ecological concerns activities of CSI. 

~ Synod Communications

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Passing the Baton: Revd. Asir Ebenezer Takes Charge of NCCI as the General Secretary  Communication

Rev. Asir Ebenezer, former Director of the CSI SEVA assumes the office of the General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in India, the apex body and ecumenical expression of Protestant and Orthodox Churches as well as ecumenical organizations, regional councils and agencies in India. This is the first a priest of CSI (Church of South India) reaches this coveted post. 

The Officers, directors and the staff of the CSI Synod send their greetings and pray that under his leadership, NCCI reaches new heights.

The news release by NCCI is given below:
The installation of Rev. Asir Ebenezer as the new the General Secretary  took place on 3 January 2019. The program began with a worship service in which the Office bearers of NCCI,  members of Working Committee, Finance Committee, Executive Secretaries and Staff were present. The President handed over a copy of The Holy Bible and Constitution of NCCI to the new General Secretary. Rev. Dr. Roger Gaikwad the outgoing General Secretary handed over the charge. Rev. Asir Ebenezer was felicitated by the Church dignitaries who graced the occasion.   After the installation service, Rev. Asir Ebenezer was led to the General Secretary’s room where he was seated in the general secretary’s chair.  Rt. Rev. Dr. J. George Stephen, Bishop of Madras Diocese consecrated him in prayer.

Rev. Asir Ebenezer is an ordained minister of the Church of South India (CSI). He has been in ministry since 1992 and has served in various positions in national and global ecumenical forums.

Prior to this, he was serving as Director of Social Empowerment: Vision in Action (CSI_SEVA)  at the CSI Synod. He had earlier served the NCCI in various positions, including Officiating General Secretary of NCCI in between 2004 and 2010. A well-known figure in ecumenical circles, theologian, community-enabler and finance expert, the multiple competencies of Rev. Asir Ebenezer will go a long way to strengthen the council.

The office Bearers, Secretaries,  and the Staff of the NCCI welcome Rev. Asir Ebenezer and wish him well in his new responsibility.

Rev. Asir Ebenezer, former Director of the CSI SEVA, assumes the office of the General Secretary of NCCI

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Hindi Regional Missionary Get Together held in Delhi Mission & Evangelism

 

Chennai: Hindi Regional Missionary Get together was conducted on 18th to 19th December 2019 at St. Martin CNI Church, Condonement, Delhi. The RT. Rev. Dharmaraj Rasalam, Bishop in South Kerala Diocese inaugurated the meeting. Bishop reminded everybody “to be an agent of sustainable transformation for the common well-being of all the people”. Through the credibility and integrity of our attitude and action, we must witness Jesus Christ, Bishop Added.

Rev. Maxcin John, Synod Mission Director conducted a session on” Mission and Evangelism of Church of South India” and encouraged all the participants to uphold the spirit and zeal for Missional engagements as the radical transformation of all the people without any divisions.

Rev. Kalvin Kisto (Diocesan Treasurer, SKD), Dr. Rose Bist (Diocesan Secretary, SKD), Rev. C.P. Justin Jose( Mission Director, SKD), Mr. Donald Lal( Board Secretary, SKD), Rev. Joseph Israel( Delhi Mission) Rev. Dhipu Njanadas (Delhi Mission)  and Rev. Dennis Lal (CNI) have led the meeting.

One hundred and eighty participants have attended in the meeting from seventeen states. Meeting was the venue for mutual fellowship and rejuvenation.

 

Reported by

Rev. Maxcin John, Director,

Mission and Evangelism CSI Synod.

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CSI Synod Officers Send Christmas Greetings Focusing on Refugees Communication

The officers of the Church of South India- Most Rev Thomas K. Oommen; the Moderator, Rt. Rev. Dr. V. Prasada Rao; the Deputy Moderator, Rev. Dr. Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda; the General Secretary, and Adv. Robert Bruce; Hon. Treasurer- send their Christmas Greetings to all of you!

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined. (Isaiah 9: 2)
Unfailing love and truth have met together. Justice and peace have kissed! Truth springs up from the earth, and Justice smiles down from heaven. (Psalm 85:10–11)
“Do not be afraid; for see I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord”. (Luke 2:10–11)

With those who long for a caress, with those who are looked down on
With those who experience only dust on the road, with those with calloused hands
With those who have neither shelter nor friend
In resisting and protesting against fear and threats, abuse and exclusion, violence and empire, In finding and providing an assurance of opportunity, a safe space, a refuge, and a home, in receiving, realising and proclaiming faith, love, peace and hope
We join the movement of liberation, a walk in the company of Immanuel,
and celebrate Christmas every day!

WISH YOU A BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND A PEACEFUL NEW YEAR 2019!

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