Respecting Boundary: A Gesture for Climate Justice
A reflection on Creation Psalm 104
Introduction: Climate Justice is a subject matter that is discussed and studied from various perspectives and angles with basic understanding that connects Human Rights, the rights of the Subaltern people and Eco-justice. To reflect on our title “Respecting Boundary: a Gesture for Climate Justice” from a biblical text, I have selected Psalm 104 which is a beautiful hymn of Creation and Restoration. Here the psalmist brilliantly sang how God assigns boundaries for all creations with the liberty to exercise their own rhythm of life within their own space and time.
OBSERVANCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY 2021
The International Indigenous Peoples Day was first pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994. It was decided that the International Indigenous People Day shall be observed on 9 August every year. By following this, on 17 September 2010, during the Annual General Body Meeting of the National Council of Churches in India in Bangalore,
OBSERVANCE OF NATIONAL PROTEST DAY
We are aware that on the 10th of August every year, we remember our demand to include Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims in the Scheduled Caste list. This year, we have designated it as the National Protest Day to protest against this injustice meted out to a section of Indian citizens.
OBSERVANCE OF INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY
The theme of International Youth Day 2021 is, “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health,” with the aim of highlighting that the success of such a global effort will not be achieved without the meaningful participation of young people.
International Youth Day was observed in all our offices by following the special Order of Service prepared by BSI Jabalpur Auxiliary. Staff of respective Auxiliaries and the Central Office took active part in the Morning Prayer.
75TH INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
The 75th Independence Day of our Nation was celebrated in all our offices across the Nation and we are thankful to Colleagues for their cooperation. At the central office it was held at the William Carey Centre, Bangalore on the 15th August 2021 at 07.30 AM. There was an encouraging response to it from the Staff who travelled from near, far and wide. Mr. Pradeep Kumar Suna, Assistant Director, Publishing and Marketing (Product & Logistics) anchored the programmed.
OBSERVANCE OF KANDHAMAL DAY
The Bible Society of India observed the 13th Anniversary of Kandhamal Day as a day to commemorate the onslaught of Christians living in Kandhamal town at Phulbani District in Odisha in the year 2008, resulting in many horrifying deaths, and destructions of Church buildings, individual houses, shops and loss of huge properties. Thousands of them are left in deep pain, with immense traumatizing memories as innocent girls and women were gang-raped, many were arrested as culprits, some were convicted for life imprisonment.
BSI CULTURAL PROGRAMME
The Staff Welfare Association organized a Cultural programmed virtually to enable the BSI Staff to have a time of relaxation to the body and rejuvenation to the mind. It was very innovatively done through virtual. It was a time to experience God given talents to individuals as well as groups. The staff presented a skit on the title “Lockdown Diaries” which spoke about the impact people had during lockdown.
DEDICATION OF THE WORKSPACE IN BSI CALCUTTA AUXILIARY
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.- Psalm 127:1
For a while now the office of the Calcutta Auxiliary was spread over two locations on the 1st floor of the Auxiliary and there was a need to relocate the office to one wing allowing for better management and fluidity of work. It was also needed to optimize utilization of the facility. We are grateful to our General Secretary who initiated the change.