A Green Church Alone Will Reflect Life Abundant: Catholicos of the East

Written By: on Jun 5th, 2010 and filed under Church News, Features, News.


KOTTAYAM: Catholicos of the East Baselios Marthoma Didymus I inaugurated the Ecological Commission of the Malankara Orthodox Church on Saturday June 5, 2010, the World Environment Day. The function took place at a meeting held at Sophia Centre, Kottayam, Kerala, India.

This year’s theme for the World Environment Day was “Many Species, One Planet, One Future”.

“Human, who needs to be the care taker of the earth is becoming its destroyer and is authoring an elegy for the mother earth. All the climatic calamities that we witness today are due to the exploitation of nature by over greedy humans. The noble thought, namely, ‘God installed humans on earth to till the earth and care for the garden’, shall reign over us”, said the Pontiff in his inaugural speech.

“A green Church and a green society that reflects the life abundant shall be the dream to fulfill through the activities of Ecological Commission”, the Catholicos of Malankara longed for. The new generation shall be led from the artificiality of modernity to the greenery of nature and only an agro-centered ecosystem can achieve this, carried on the Patron of the Ecological Commission in his inaugural speech.

Metropolitan of Thumapamon Diocese and former professor of Botany at the Catholicate College Pathanamthitta, Kuriakose Mar Clemis is the President of the Ecological Commission of the Malankara Church. Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius, Metropolitan of Calcutta Diocese and former professor of Zoology at St. Stephen’s College, Pathanapuram is the Vice-President of the Commission.

President of the Commission Kuriakose Mar Clemis presided over the metting. Fr. Dr. K.M. George made the key note address today during the inaugural meeting. Mar Dionysius, Vice-President of the Commission conducted the sermon of blessings. Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackadu, Principal, Bishop Moore College, Mavelikkara introduced the topic for discussion, which was lead by Prof. Jacob Kurian Onattu, Principal, Baselius College, Kottayam and Dr. George Joseph, Sabha Secretary. Fr. Biju Mathews, Secreatry to the Ecological Commission and Prof. P.C. Aleas spoke at the occasion.

“Over exploitation of natural resources, depletion of vegetative diversity and energy sources, change in weather etc. are issues that demand our immediate attention. Members of the Malankara Church need to be made aware of these issues and reminded that these are the fundamental necessities for human existence. Humans are the care takers of the nature and therefore, all have to consider protection of the nature as their duty and responsibility”, said the President of the Commission Metropolitan Mar Clemis in an office order issued on May 24, 2010.

“The goal of the Commission will be to mitigate ecological problems that affect the human life adversely”, said Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius, the Vice-President of the Commission. Atmosphere, water and even food that people eat contain a lot of poisonous stuff in it. Deforestation caused green house effect that resulted drastic change in weather and in particular, increase of atmospheric temperature. These issues need to be addressed urgently. Environment needs an ethical attention from human beings, which in turn shall result a new vision to decontaminate the atmosphere and ecosystems. One shall develop a policy and vision that is totally Indian to recuperate the loss that has happened to the environment, said Metropolitan Mar Dionysius.

As part of the inauguration of Ecological Commission of the Malankara Church, it was decided to plant 100,000 new trees. This will be done with the cooperation of parishes and all spiritual organizations of the Church.

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3 Responses for “A Green Church Alone Will Reflect Life Abundant: Catholicos of the East”

  1. Dear Mr.Suraj,
    ‘Ecology’ is, of course, a serious issue of concern for our church. It is high time that we dealt it. We can’t keep ourselves out from addressing this burning issue when our mother planet, our place of living, is burning like a kiln. Only a Nero can harp the fiddle, when the Rome is burning. Can you keep idle when your house is set to fire? To me, the primary duty of the holy Church includes the preservation of the nature also. It was because of the human sin and fall that Earth was cursed.”Cursed is the ground because of you.”(Genesis 3:17). Therefore, man was given the responsibility to work there and to take care of it.(Ref. Genesis 2:15). But selfishness and greed of Adam and Even made them go out of the garden of Eden. And it was to save them from eternal perish that God himself(Jesus Christ) came down to earth in human form. Thus the great task of bringing heaven to earth has begun. The only thing we need to do is to co-operate with His mission. And this is exactly what we are called for… The ecomony of God’s salvation included not only human being but the whole universe. See what the Psalmist says about this: “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it the world, and all who live in it…”(Psalm 24:1). To me, it is our responsiblity to give back the earth to the creator God in the same form as it was first given to us. It is not just prayer that is enough but our efforts as well. Let’s pray and strive hard for the fulfilment of a “Green earth and a holy church”.
    With love and prayers,
    George Achen,Ireland.

  2. Dear Mr.Suraj,
    ‘Ecology’ is, of course, a serious issue of concern for our church. It is high time that we dealt it. We can’t keep ourselves out from addressing this burning issue when our mother planet, our place of living, is burning like a kiln. Only a Nero can harp the fiddle, when the Rome is burning. Can you keep idle when your house is set to fire? To me, the primary duty of the holy Church includes the preservation of the nature also. It was because of the human sin and fall that Earth was cursed.”Cursed is the ground because of you.”(Genesis 3:17). Therefore, man was given the responsibility to work there and to take care of it.(Ref. Genesis 2:15). But selfishness and greed of Adam and Even made them go out of the garden of Eden. And it was to save them from eternal perish that God himself(Jesus Christ) came down to earth in human form. Thus the great task of bring heaven to earth has begun. The only thing we need to do is to co-operate with His mission. And this is exactly what we are called for… The ecomony of God’s salvation included not only human being but the whole universe. See what the Psalmist says about this: “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it the world, and all who live in it…”(Psalm 24:1). To me, it is our responsiblity to give back the earth to the creator God in the same form as it was first given to us. It is not just prayer that is enough but our efforts as well. Let’s pray and strive hard for the fulfilment of a “Green earth and a holy church”.
    With love and prayers,
    George Achen,Ireland.

  3. Suraj Iype says:

    I agree that environment is a problem. The summer of 2010, which is still blazing in most of India is a signal to everybody that there is something going on.

    However seeing the print space and importance being given to ecology and so on , I wonder if ecology is the worst of our problems.

    Are there not other very serious issues to be addressed by the Church?

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