Ecumenical Relations and Ecological Concerns
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.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
- To help the CSI in accomplishing her vision and mission to be a 'United and Uniting' Church.
- To explore avenues to play responsible and creative roles in international, national and local ecumenical bodies.
- To equip the local congregations to foster harmony between/among people of sister faiths.
- To facilitate the CSI to take stands and engage in advocacy on issues related to international, ecumenical and national concerns, where human rights are violated, justice and freedom questioned, integrity of life denied.
- To 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 from a Christian perspective.
PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES
- World Environment Day (WED) Celebrations and observation of days of Ecumenical and Ecological relevance
- Eco-Missionaries Training Programme and Ecological Workshops for Pastors and Heads of Institutions
- Ecological and Ecumenical Conferences, Consultations and Camps at International, National and Diocesan levels
- Eco-auditing and Green-Diocese, Green-Parish, Green-home awards
- Inter-faith Dialogue and Wider Ecumenism Initiatives
- Press-Releases and Statements on issues of international, ecumenical and national relevance
- Media-Activism with special focus on Nuke-Free World and Palestine Solidarity Programme
- Inter-Diocesan fellowship get-togethers and twinning of the Dioceses with Ecumenical Partners
- Publication of Bible-Studies, Liturgies and other relevant resource materials to foster ecumenical and ecological sensitivity
- Publication of 'Oikos Voice' – Departmental Bulletin