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Environmental Justice: Issues and Challenges (July 5-7, 2016)

The National consultation on “Environmental Justice: Issues and Challenges” was held at Ecumenical Christian Centre, Whitefield, Bangalore during 5-7, July, 2016. Rev. Sudhakar Joshua, the Deputy Director of ECC inaugurate the consultation. Prof. Dr. Rajan Varghese, a founding Director and Principal of the Marthoma College of Management and Technology delivered the keynote address. He expounded the theme from various perspectives and clarified some of the traditional approaches which lead to the destruction of Environment.

Dr. Beulah Herbert Samuel took the first session on Women and Environmental Justice. She emphasised human stewardship towards Environment, affirmed the significance of Environmental Justice, and elucidated the impact of Environmental injustice on women. Rev. Christy Gnanadasan took a session on the Impact of Environmental Degradation on Dalits and Tribals. He clarified that human beings are not custodians of the environment but co-exist with nature. Dr. Rajan Varghese took a session on Global Equity and National Responsibility, in which he discussed the Global initiatives for Sustainable development and India’s share in the Millennium Goals.  Fr. Jerry Kurian a prominent scholar in the field of communication took a session on Role of Media on Environmental Justice. After he deliberately discussed on the role of media on environmental justice, Fr. Jerry concluded the talk with a challenge that, not only media, every individual has a responsibility to educate and make people aware of this pertinent issue. Mr. Pravir Bragodia who took great initiatives for eco-friendly living took a session on Green Living. He displayed the ill effects and wide varieties of pollution on the environment. He summed up his lecture by advising all the participants to follow the golden rule of Green living which is Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Rev. Dr. John Samuel took a session on Eco Linguistics. The participants were very much impressed by the presentation and the way how he  explained the extinction of languages in the process of Ecological crisis. A session on Ecology: Some Challenges was taken by Very Rev. Dr. Cherian Thomas, the Director of ECC. Dr. Cherian explored the Earth centered interpretation of the Scripture, and encouraged participants to develop a bio-centric attitude to facilitate Environmental Justice. At the end the delegates were divided into four groups, and Dr. Cherian suggested them to discuss on the possibilities of implementing Environmental Justice at their own areas and level. They had come up with resolutions like, practicing eco-friendly way of living; educating the churches and general public on this pertinent issues by conducting more seminars and organizing various activies like rallies, essay writing competitions, painting, etc. The final session was on, Climate Change and Our Response by Prof. Dr. R. Rajagopalan. He brought out the facts and figures of Climate change during the centuries. His lecture focused on the change of inner consciousness of human beings as the remedy. Thereby, he urged all the participants to join the movements on Environmental Justice.

The consultation concluded in a solemn manner where the Director, Very Rev. Dr. Cherian Thomas after giving a concluding remarks called the delegates to stand and sing, “We Shall Overcome” in unison, which was followed by prayer and benediction.

Thangminlun Vaiphei
Programme Executive, ECC

A brief report of Institute on Politics, 2016.

Institute on Politics 2016 (May 2-6, 2016)



The programme department of Ecumenical Christian Centre (ECC), Bangalore and Inter-Church Service Association (ICSA), Chennai jointly organized Institute on Politics, 2016 during May, 2-6, 2016, with the theme “Analysis of the Contemporary Political Challenges in India.” About 44 participants from different parts of the country participated the Institute. A brief introduction about the Institute on Politics was given by Dr. Reji Samuel, Dean of ISET, ECC, followed by the key note address by Very Rev. Dr. Cherian Thomas, the Director of ECC.

Dr. A. J. Anandan, IPS (Rtd.) took the first session, Analysis of Contemporary Political Challenges in India. He stressed on the political challenges that India is now facing. The next session was on Understanding Politics by Dr. Moses P. Manohar, the Executive Director of ICSA. Dr. Moses dealt with the very basic question, “what is Politics and its importance and need in our society.” Shri. N. B. Bhat, IPS (Rtd.) took  a session on RTI & Fixing Accountability. Bhat threw light on various aspects of RTI, why it was enacted, its features and relevance. Dr. Moses P. Manohar took another session on Introduction to constitution of India. He briefed the history and development of the Indian constitution and its principles. Dr. Moses continued his talk in the next session on the need of the state and the ideas of the Welfare State. Another eminent scholar Dr. Sapna Mohan took two sessions, Women and Law and Recent Legislations in Central and State/budget allocation. Dr. Sapna discussed elaborately on the laws and legislation in India that dealt particularly with the rights and protection of women. Great personalities like Justice Santhosh Hedge, the former Supreme Court Judge also took a session on Lokpal Bill/Lokayuktha. He discussed in details about the role of Lokayuktha and challenged the young people to bring change in the society by keeping themselves aloof from the Greed and to promote the values of Humanism. Mr. Tarak Goradia, an IIT graduate and a worker of AAP also took an interesting session on New Political Experimenting, where he discussed the primary objectives of AAP and its function, and their aim of establishing a new kind of democratic structure and principles. The session was followed by Human Rights Issues by Mr. Mathew Philip. He alleged that Human Rights is the integral part of Politics and protection of the Human Rights is the primary objective of politics. The final session was on Spirituality and Politics by Very Rev. Dr. Cherian Thomas, the Director of ECC. Dr. Cherian gave a wider meaning of spirituality and invited the delegates to protect and preserve the human rights which are sacred. He strongly urged the delegates to be a part of nation building which is the true sign of spirituality. The session ended with the brief report of the program.


Thangminlun Vaiphei
Programme Executive, ECC.


Invitation



ECUMENICAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE,

WHITEFIELD, BENGALURU


Cordially invites you to the Twenty third 


M.A. THOMAS MEMORIAL LECTURE


By

Prof. Ram Puniyani
  Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai

At 10.30 a.m. on Saturday, September 3, 2016

                                 Topic:   ‘Challenges to Plural and Secular India


Rt. Rev. Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos
  Chairperson, ECC
will preside over the meeting



           Rt.Rev.Dr.Isaac Mar Philoxenos             Very Rev. Dr. Cherian Thomas

                        Chairperson                                        Director

A vehicle from the city to the Centre will leave

The United Theological College Campus
at 8.30 a.m.
and return at 2.00 p.m.

(The Holy Eucharist: 8.30 a.m., Tea:  10. 00 a.m.,  & Lunch: 1.00 p.m.)
Ecumenical Christian Centre,
P.B.11, Whitefield P.O.,
Bengaluru 560 066
                           Tel:    (080) 2845 2270, 28452653
                          E-mail:  director@eccbangalore.org
                                       eccbangalore@dataone.in
                         Website:  www.eccbangalore.org

Programme Calendar, 2016-2017

       Ecumenical Christian Centre, Whitefield, Bangalore – 560 066
Proposed Programmes for the Year April 2016 to March 2017
 Sl.No.

Dates

Programme

Department
   
Co-ordinator


 1.

May 16-20,2016

Consultation for Theology Students
on the theme Removing the Blinders: A ecumenical response to life

ISET

Dr. John Samuel

 
 2. 

May 2-6 ,2016

Institute on Politics

PROGRAMME

Mr. Thangminlun Vaiphei



3.

May 9-14, 2016

Summer Camp

PROGRAMME

Rev.Sudhakar Joshua



4.

June 27-28, 2016

ACTC/KUTS Joint Programme
on the theme Removing the Blinders: A ecumenical response to life


ISET

Dr. John Samuel


5.

June 2016

Hi-Tech Precision Farming

IIHM

Rev. Sudhakar Joshua



6.

July 5-7, 2016

Environmental Justice: Issues and Challenges

PROGRAMME

Mr. Thangminlun Vaiphei



7.



July 26-28, 2016


ECC-NCCI: Faith and Human Sexuality

ISET


Dr. John Samuel



8.

August 1-3, 2016

ACISCA-ISET,ECC joint Programme on 
Religious Fundamentalism in India: Issue


ISET

Dr. John Samuel


9.

August 18-20, 2016

The Red Corridor and Maoism: Issues and Challenges

PROGRAMME

Mr. Thangminlun Vaiphei


10.

August 2016

BITS Annual Day

ISET

Dr. John Samuel




11.

September 2016



Training Programme in Medicinal & Aromatic Plants



IIHM



Rev.Sudhakar Joshua





12..


October 5-7, 2016

Journalism in India

PROGRAMME
   
Mr. Thangminlun Vaiphei



13.

October 19-21, 2016


Mission Conference: Contemporary Mission Thinking


ISET

Dr. John Samuel



14.

November 2-4, 2016

ECC-CSI, Synod Church Leaders Program (Water-Source of Life: Theological critique of popular practices and call for preservation)


ISET

Dr. John Samuel



15.


November 17-18, 2016


FFRRC Joint Program

ISET

Dr.John Samuel


16.

January 19-21, 2016


Social Media Issues and Responses: Youth

PROGRAMME

Mr. Thangminlun Vaiphei


17.

January 24-26, 2017


The Problem of ‘Old Age’ in India: Call for a Theological Response

ISET

Dr.John Samuel


18.

February 2017

Post-Harvesting

IIHM

Rev.Sudhakar Joshua



19.

March 7-9, 2016


Church Leaders- Tourism, Religion and Spiritual Journeys: An Interfaith Perspective


ISET

Dr.John Samuel


20.


March 29-31, 2017

Child Rights in India: its importance in the Holistic Personality Development


PROGRAMME

Mr. Thangminlun Vaiphei


Very Rev. Dr. Cherian Thomas

Director

Report of the Annual Summer Camp for ECC children in May 2016

The Annual Summer Camp for the children of ECC was held from 9th to 14th May 2016 in the Common Lounge. The children were invited to participate in several ‘do-it-yourself’ activities, through which they learnt to make something creative out of waste papers or discarded materials. Aquariums, penguins, earthen vases were made by children themselves, under the able guidance of Joshua Marvin, the Camp Director, assisted by Supriya, Hannah, and Austin. Action songs kept the children happy and active. Stories of missionaries challenged the children to cultivate values that would guide them for their entire life.
At the end of the camp, the children also installed a bird-house in front of Hostel-1, as a sign of concern shown towards our winged friends.
The Director, staff and parents are grateful to Joshua Marvin and his team for their valuable efforts in activating the creative areas of children here in ECC.


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