Church to fulfil eco vows


CSI adopts Green Protocol for Green Discipleship

Anjay and Nisha, a young couple who got married at the St. Thomas CSI Church at Punnackadu, near Kozhencherry, the other day 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 Thomas K. Oommen, who was the chief celebrant of the wedding service, blessed two saplings which the couple later planted in the church compound.

Former Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien and general secretary of the CSI Synod Bishop D.R. Sadananda were the guests of honour.

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.

Bishop Oommen told The Hindu that the CSI was the only Church in India which had mentioned ecology as a mission in its constitution and mission statement. Moreover, the CSI was the only Indian Church recognised by the UNDP with an eco award, he said.

12-point document

The CSI Ecological Concerns Department headed by Mathew Koshy Punnackadu developed the 12-point GPGD guideline document. It aimed at a sustainable development model by promoting green congregations at all its 16,000 parishes. All parishes were supposed to abide by the protocol and effectively participate in the green discipleship of the Church, the Moderator said.

Dr. Punnackadu told The Hindu that the GPGD guidelines proposed planting of a sapling each in the church compound during important functions and to commemorate the visit of important personalities.

After wedding services, the newly wedded couple would have to plant a sapling in the church compound. Saplings could also be planted in memory of a dead member, he said.

Fruit-bearing plants

Dr. Punnackadu said the document encouraged planting of fruit-bearing plants in public places. All CSI parishes had started following the GPGD guidelines in letter and spirit, he said.

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