The Department of Ecological concerns of CSI synod organised a two-days workshop on Green Parables from 24th to 25th August 2016 at CSI Synod Centre, Chennai. Rev. Dr. D. R. Sadnanda, the General Secretary of CSI Synod, inaugurated the workshop. He explained that “Parable is a language that Jesus used to make people think. It helped people for a self-discovery and started a process of transformation. Why did people come to Jesus? It was because Jesus was a story teller. He was a 'parable man'. The parable is a powerful language. Language that caused us to know ourselves. We imitate Jesus for a process of self-discovery. It is a challenge to change. Jesus' parables brought transformation. People asked questions. Questions created a peoples' movement. The parables you write may create a movement. A movement to understand the worth of the creation and also the worth of the creator. Let the parables you write inspire people to join the movement for a green Earth.”
Rev. James Cecil Victor, director of Pastoral Concerns and Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, director of Communications, offered felicitations. Rev. Prof. Dr. John Samuel, Rev. Prof. Dr. Chilkuri Vasanth Rao, Rev. Prof. Merwin Shinoj Boas and Rev. Joseph Samuel presented papers. The participants were grouped into eleven groups to retell biblical parables. Thirty-three parables were prepared by the participants and it was assessed by the resource persons. Sixty Clergy and twenty lecturers attended the workshop. Green parables will come out as a book during the month of December 2016.
Prof. Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackad, Hon. Director, Department of Ecological concerns.
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