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.