Saturday 22 March 2014

Valedictory address by H.G. The Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Marthoma Metropolitan


The Valedictory service and awarding of college diplomas of the UTC will be held tomorrow (Sunday, March 23, 2014) at the college lawn from 5:00 P.M. onwards. The valedictory address will be delivered by His Grace The Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Marthoma Metropolitan, the Supreme Head of the Mar Thoma Church. The president of the UTC society, The Most Rev. Dr. G. Devakadasham will give away the diplomas and certificates.

Friday 21 March 2014

Live streaming of the Valedictory Dinner and Valedictory Service


The Valedictory dinner on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 6:00 P.M. and the Valedictory service on Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 5:00 P.M. will be live streamed over the internet on USTREAM by the Department of Communication, UTC. The department will be helped by Mr. Ullas Issac, computer analyst, Mr. Vasikaran Williams, videography and settings and Mr. Israel Babu, system administrator, UTC.  The link for the live stream is  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/utc-programme

We hope to have alumni, friends, family and well wishers of the UTC joining in from all parts of the world. Please encourage the students with your esteemed participation.



JK

Monday 17 March 2014

New dining hall open


The new dining hall of the UTC Centenary Mahatma Gandhi Hostel opened yesterday with prayer followed by dinner at 8 P.M. Mrs. Lydia Joshua , the principal of the Bishop Cotton Girls' school, Bangalore and Rev. Victor Joshua opened the kitchen and unveiled the tablet mentioning the help from Bishop Cotton Girls' school, Bangalore.







The dining hall has a modern kitchen and space for all hostel students to sit and dine at the same time. The kitchen will make use of technology to reduce cooking gas consumption.







The Bishop Cotton Girls' school donated money for the construction of the kitchen. The demolition of the former hostel due to the weakness in the structure had lead to the students having to use a very small place for dining. With the opening of the new dining hall, this problem is now solved.





The mess co-ordinators for this month are Mr. Andrews Christopher and Mr. Vinod Shemron. Yesterday night's dinner was for the whole community in UTC.






Mess co-ordinators for the month of March








JK

Sunday 16 March 2014

Hostel dining hall to open today


The dining hall in the UTC Centenary Mahatma Gandhi Hostel will be open to the students and community members today evening. The dining hall will be declared open after the Sunday evening worship.

Monday 10 March 2014

Public lecture on Church and Homophobia by Rev. Winnie Varghese




Church and Homophobia
A Public Lecture
at
4.00 PM
On
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
at
the Ziegenbalgh Chapel, UTC, Bangalore
by
Rev. Winnie Varghese


Rev. Winnie Varghese is an Indian-American Priest of the Episcopal Church, currently serving as Rector of St Mark's Church in the Bowery, New York City.

Picture courtesy- www.outlookindia.com

Sunday 9 March 2014

Arvind P. Nirmal Memorial Lecture




The Carey Society of the United Theological College and the Student Christian Movement India (SCMI) jointly organized the Arvind P. Nirmal Memorial Lecture on 6th March 2014 at the United Theological College. The guests and participants were welcomed with a drum beat, a unique aspect of dalit culture.

The programme began at 5.00 P.M. and was presided over by Mr. Paul Karunakar Nalla, Unit Secretary, SCMI. The opening prayer was done by Ms. Aosenla Jamir, Study Secretary, Communication Desk, SCMI. Rev. Raj Bharath Patta, General Secretary, SCMI delivered the welcome address and reminded everyone of the contribution of Prof. A. P. Nirmal towards the emergence of dalit theology as a mainstream department of study in Christian theology. He also talked about the gravity of issues of the dalit Christians of India today. The guest for the programme, Rev. Dr. Y. Moses was introduced by Mr. Inbaraj Jeyakumar, Study Secretary, Fellowship Desk, SCMI. The guest was felicitated by Rev. Dr. Evangeline Anderson Rajkumar, Professor at UTC. 


Rev. Dr. Y. Moses, presented the lecture on the issues pertaining to the Dalit Christian across India. The detailed presentation about the power sharing of dalit Christians in the church clearly reflected the state of the dalits Christians in the Indian church. The lecture helped the students and theologians to realize the oppressed state of the dalits among the Christians in India. Two students from UTC, Prashanth Babu, BD IV and Archana, BD III presented short reflections. The gust responded and clarified the queries from the floor. Vote of thanks was proposed by M. Prashanth Babu, Secretary, Carey Society. The session ended with prayer by Rev. Angela Veronica.

Paul Karunakar Nalla,
Unit Secretary, SCMI.



JK

Saturday 8 March 2014

Christian Discipleship in the context of Violence- A one day programme by the Women's Studies Department

Christian Discipleship in the context of Violence
Re-Reading Passion Narratives through Gender Lens


We are in the season of Lent – A time for critical self-reflection on Christian Spirituality, Faith and Discipleship. The Women’s Studies Department of United Theological College which completed twenty years of its existence in February 2014 is happy to invite you to a day of theological reflection on meaningful engagement in struggle for Life, Love and Justice in a context that is surrounded by situations of violence.

We invite you to this day of reflection on Monday, March 10, 2014 that would begin with special worship at 8.30 am in front of the library and conclude at 3.30 p.m. with tea. The venue for the seminar will the J.R. Chandran Seminar Hall.

The Programme for the Day includes the following:
  • RE-reading Passion Narratives in the Gospels from a feminist Perspective
  • Events of Life, Love and Light tucked in the midst of death, lovelessness..
  • Assessing Women’s Engagement in the struggles of Life, participation in civil society movements
  • Searching for “Life in Abundance” in our own Gardens

Please contact Dr. Rini Ralte or Dr. Evangeline Anderson Rajkumar at the following numbers to let them know of your participation. Tea/ Snacks and Lunch will be provided.

Please contact either 9449819757 (Dr. Rini) 
or 
9449547459(Dr. Evangeline)

Friday 7 March 2014

College Play "Discovering Magdalene"




The College play "Discovering Magdalene" will be held tomorrow at 6 P.M. in the Charles Ranson Hall in the UTC. The play is written and directed by Mr. Iswara Prasad Santiago and will feature the students of the college. The College play is being held as part of the College Day celebrations. The Faculty adviser Dr. Nalini Arles and the student convener Mr. Daniel Vivek are coordinating the play.

Thursday 6 March 2014

Rev. Dr. Gnana Robinson preaches for Quiet day




The quiet day and retreat for the third term in the United Theological College was held on March 4 and 5 in the Ziegenbalg chapel. The preacher for the quiet day was Rev. Dr. Gnana Robinson, the former principal of the UTC and the founder president of the Peace Trust, Kanyakumari.


In his four meditations Dr. Robinson challenged the UTC community to think about the real reason for theological education. He lamented on the present state of affairs in the country and various churches.  Corruption, lack of transparency and misuse of power is becoming rampant and nothing is being done to stop it.

Dr.Gnana Robinson explained to the community that knowing God is eternal life. He further reminded everyone that we all have to ask ourselves the question as to “why are we here?"

The worship convener Rev. Dr. Evangeline Anderson Rajkumar, the chief chapel steward Mr. Raja Samuel and the bhajan secretary Mr. Aby Thomas did the arrangements for bhajans, hymns and worship orders and showed a couple of documentaries in between.

Wednesday 5 March 2014

Public Lecture on "The Bible and Asia"




A public lecture on the book "The Bible and Asia" by Dr. R.S. Sugirtharajah and its review by Mr. Narasiah was held on March 3rd at the Zigenbalg chapel in the UTC. The seminar was jointly organized by the Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College (BTESSC) and the Department of Biblical Studies of the United Theological College.


The session began with opening prayer by  Rev. Dr. Vincent Rajkumar, director of CISRS, Bangalore. Dr. John Samuel Raj, the principal of the United Theological College, Bangalore moderated the session and in his introductory remarks, Dr. John Samuel Raj made initial observations about the relevance of the book. Dr. Mohan Larbeer, BTESSC, formally welcomed the gathering and introduced the guest speaker to the participants.


In his lecture, ‘Celebration of the Book,’ Mr. Narasiah briefly summarized the content of the seven chapters of the book and explained the various stages of the reception of the Bible in Asia. He informed the audience about the several links between the biblical narratives and the native culture of India. He also emphasized the transformation of the Bible from a book of inspiration to a book of religion and later to a book of aggression by colonial powers. He highlighted the fact that the book was about the reception of the Bible in Asia. Narasiah, however, emphasized that the bible could be a medium of coming together of two societies. He congratulated the author for his convictions and courage for initiating a conversation between the two cultures without taking sides.


The response to the review was initiated by Dr. David Joy, who critically viewed  the methodology Sugirtharaj had adapted to study the two cultures – West and East. He also questioned the possibility of how best one can construct the pre-Christian era, without which the study would be superficial. Questions were also raised on the content of myths and metaphors the author used in the book, which are completely ignored as oppressive in nature by the native communities to which the book addresses.



Later, the floor was open for discussion and questions. Critical questions revolved around relevance or irrelevance of post-colonial methodology which the author has adopted in his book, saying it is time to dismantle post colonial methodology and move beyond. Comments were also made of the lack of sensitivity to the Indian and Asian context(s), especially to glaring poverty and inequality. 


Dr. Sugirtharajah was part of the deliberations through video conferencing arranged by the Department of Communication of the UTC. In his response Dr. Sugirtharajah said post colonial methodology is appropriate as long as neo-colonial forces are at work in this world. He also said, we should not consider our contribution to biblical studies as an alternative, but see it along with western methodology. The seminar encouraged the participants to look at the scripture anew. 


The public lecture concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Dexter S. Maben, the acting chairperson of the department of Biblical Studies.

Sunday 2 March 2014

College day in UTC


The 104 th college day of the UTC was held in the Ranson Hall of the UTC yesterday at 4:00 P.M. The chief guest of the programme Advocate Rajendra Sail, the founder general secretary of the Raipur Churches Development and Relief Committee (RCDRC) and president of the Chattisgarh Unit of the People's Union for Civil Liberties gave a thought provoking and hard hitting talk on how theological education should be changed to become relevant today.


India needs a cow-dung theology where theology should emerge from the organic engagement of the church with the experiences of the rural masses in India, he said. Recollecting his forty years of association with the United Theological College, which started during his tenure at the Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society under the mentorship of M M Thomas, he observed that the purpose of theological education has been reduced to the manufacturing of pastors who preach, chant and stay away from trouble.



Instead, he proposed the need for a radical envisioning so that the church will become an ally of social movements in India by participating actively in their struggles to create a new world. Drawing from his five decades long vocation as a social activist in Chattisgarh, Advocate Sail gave a contextual analysis of Indian society and challenged the community to pitch their tents in the lives of the rural communities to witness how God is making all things new through the agency of the dalits, women and other oppressed communities. To this end, he called upon the community to consider closing down UTC for one year, and invited the students and faculty to share in the lives of the rural communities for a year, and then come back to the college to engage with the bible and other sources. He also proposed a radical involvement with the social movements such as POSCO and Narmada as a component in theological education. He concluded his speech with the poem, “If you believe in heaven, make it a reality in the here and now.”
  

The Principal, Rev. Dr. John Samuel Raj presented a detailed report of the activities of the College during the academic year 2013-14. Dr. Nalini Arles, the faculty adviser of the College Day Celebrations welcomed and introduced the chief guest, and Mr. Gandham Daniel Vivek, the convener of the College Day Celebrations proposed the vote of thanks. Students and friends from the Kolar Gold Fields presented cultural progrmmes. Rev. Dr. R. Sahayadhas said the opening prayer, and the celebrations came to an end with prayer and benediction by Rev. Dr. C. I. David Joy. 



Reported by Dr. George Zachariah

Photo credits- Mr. Calvin Sushith Ambler (BD III)


JK

Saturday 1 March 2014

Arvind P. Nirmal Memorial Lecture


The Arvind P. Nirmal Memorial lecture jointly organized by the Student Christian Movement of India and the Carey Society of the United Theological College will be held on March 6, 2014 at 4:30 P.M. in the Ziegenbalg chapel of the UTC. The main address will be given by Rev. Y. Moses, Director of the Ecumenical Institute for the Empowerment of Dalits.