Monday 15 August 2016

Independence day celebrated

The 70th year of Independence was celebrated in UTC with flag hoisting at 7:30 A.M. followed by morning worship in the Charles Ranson Hall. The worship included colourful and meaningful programmes by students and community members from different parts of India. P.K. Abdul Rehman, Professor, University of Madras spoke about the need of a free and independent India where all communities respect one another. All members of the community actively participated in the flag hoisting and worship service.

Statement from the college to the press and public

August 14, 2016
This refers to the publication in the press and media with regard to a programme on broken families of Kashmir organized by Amnesty International in the premises of the United Theological College in the evening of 13th August 2016.

The administration of the United Theological College, hereby wish to clarify that the UTC is not at all responsible and in no way connected with either the issue or the sponsors of the programme; except for renting out the premises for rent. There was no participation on the part of the students or the teaching fraternity of the UTC in this private programme.

We hereby also affirm that the 106 year old UTC had never been and shall never be a party to issues that would go against the interests and the integrity of the nation and the sentiments of the people. The UTC always stood for secular values of our nation in true letter and spirit. The UTC is cooperating with the police officers of the JC Nagar Police Station and deeply appreciates their presence in maintaining law and order around the vicinity.

The UTC hereby requests you to kindly make known our stand to the public and oblige in the best interest of all concerned.

J.R. John Samuel Raj
United Theological College, Bengaluru.

Friday 12 August 2016

Rev. Dr. Chilikuri Vasantha Rao elected principal of the UTC

The Rev. Dr. Chilikuri Vasantha Rao was elected the principal of the United Theological College by the UTC Council in the Annual General Meeting held yesterday, August 11, 2016. Dr. Vasantha Rao was the former principal of the ACTC, Hyderabad and has held various posts. He belongs to the CSI Medak diocese. He will take charge on October 1, 2017.

Wednesday 3 August 2016

Lecture on Body and Bhakti by Dr. George Pati

A lecture on "Body and Bhakti: Narrative and Performance of Love in Kerala" by Dr. George Pati, professor of South Asian Religions and International Studies at the Valparaiso University, Indiana, USA, was held today at the Ziegenbalg chapel of the UTC. The lecture was conducted by the Department of Religions of the UTC.

Dr. George Pati based his talk on poet Kumaran Asan's poem Nalini written in 1911 and the Krishnattam performance in the Guruvayoor temple, Kerala. Rev. Densingh Oliver, the acting chairperson of the Department of Religion presided over the lecture and gave opening and closing remarks.

Tuesday 19 July 2016

Lecture on Church and sexuality

There will be a conversation on Church and sexuality initiated by Rev. Winnie Varghese at the UTC Zieganbalg chapel tonight at 8:30 P.M. The Rev. Winnie Varghese is now working at the Trinity Parish Centre, New York as priest and Director of Community Outreach. Before this she was priest-in-charge and then rector of St. Mark’s-in-the-Bowery, a vibrant and diverse church in Manhattan that tripled in size under her leadership. She is priest who is passionate about equal rights, gender sensitivity and is an authority on the topic church and sexuality.

Monday 11 July 2016

Dr. Hunter P. Mabry is no more

Dr. Hunter P. Mabry, 82, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016 after a long struggle with chronic radiation damage to his intestinal tract many years ago. Born in Timber Ridge in Rockbridge County, he was a native of the Shenandoah Valley. During his youth he lived in the Waynesboro area and graduated with the Wilson Memorial High School class of 1951. Later, he completed his B.Sc. in Rural Sociology at the then Virginia Polytechnical Institute (Virginia Tech), his B.Div. at the Candler School of Theology (Emory University) and served as a missionary to the Philippines, 1959 to 1963 under the Board of Missions of The United Methodist Church.

Desiring to help train persons to become pastors, he completed his Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion and Social Ethics at the Boston University School of Theology in 1969 and over the next 25 years served on the faculty of the United Theological College, Bangalore under the sponsorship of The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries (GBOGM) where he helped to train students at the B.D., M.Th. and D.Th levels. His published writings include Christian Ethics, An Introductory Reader, The Christian Clergy in India, Vol. 1, Social Structure and Social Roles, and Manual for Researchers and Writers. 

Dr. Mabry is survived by one sister, Marie Lowe, who lives in Mississippi; his beloved wife of 53 years, Dr. Esther Galima Mabry; son, Philip of Waynesboro; and daughter, Ruth of Oman; along with son-in-law, Abdulrahim Al-Bahlani; and grandchildren, Malik and Zakaria. After his retirement from the GBOGM in 1996, he devoted much of his time and energy to voluntarism – he was one of the founders of the Virginia Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Justice and of the Augusta Coalition for Peace and Justice; participated actively in other social justice established organizations such as Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and Virginia Organizing and initiated actions on issues such as restoration of voting rights and opening of job opportunities to ex-felons who have paid their debt to society.

The principal, faculty, staff and students of the UTC offer their prayers and condolences to the bereaved family and remember gratefully the profound influence that Dr. Mabry made to the United Theological College and its community.

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Monday 20 June 2016

Professorial lecture of Dr. George Zachariah

The professorial lecture of Dr. George Zachariah will be be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Tagore Hall, UTC at 4:30 P.M. Dr. George Zachariah will lecture on the topic "The Vocation of Theological Education In the Context of Fascism and Conformism". Dr. Gladson Jathanna will respond to the lecture and Rev. Dr. Allan Palanna will moderate the session. Tea and snacks will be served at 4:15 P.M. All are welcome.