Tuesday 28 July 2015

Quiet Day in UTC

The first Quiet Day of the academic year 2015-16 of the United Theological College will be held today and tomorrow in the Ziegenbalg chapel of the UTC. Monsignor Fr. Dr. S. Jayanathan, the director of the Archdiocesan Communication Centre of the Catholic Church, Bangalore Archdiocese will be the Quiet Day leader. The Quiet Day sessions start today evening at 8 P.M. and continue tomorrow at 8:30 A.M., 11 A.M. and 3 P.M.

Monsignor Fr. Jayanathan is the Vicar General of the diocese and has held various positions in different churches and institutions of the Catholic Church in Bangalore. He is a well known preacher and retreat leader.

Monday 13 July 2015

Diploma in Ecojustice Ministries Programme

Applications are invited for admission to the Diploma in Ecojustice Ministries Programme at the United Theological College. It is a global online study programme particularly meant for pastors, laity, students, professionals and those interested in conversations on ecological concerns.

Interested persons may express their interest through email to: dipemutc@gmail.com. 

Monday 6 July 2015

Visit to First Assemly Of God Church

The first year BD students of United Theological College, Bangalore had a spiritual encounter and openness to the inter denominational diversities as they paid their visit to First Assembly of God Church, Bangalore on 5th July 2015 under the aegis of Sr. Dr. Mary Shruti Joseph, SND. The group had reached the church well in advance and was welcomed as well as challenged by the intercessory prayer just before the service. Most of the students of the group were brought up in traditional churches and the visit was a perfect first door opened to the inter denominational diversities of Christian Faith and Worship. The worship was started with an opening prayer followed by a different presentation of praise and worship, welcome note and prayer of confession which was then followed by the breaking of the bread and came to a conclusion with the word of God. The students of the group were fascinated, moved and provoked by all the proceedings of the church. In a nutshell the visit has instilled and stirred up the importance of their (students) own traditions with accordance with an outlook to a wider community of faith.

Bijin John Varghese (BD I)

Monday 29 June 2015

First Ecclesial Visit in a Nutshell

As many as 38 saplings of the United Theological College garden kicked off their first ecclesial journey in style on June 28, 2015 to St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral in the heart of Bengaluru city. With full enthusiasm we walked to the Cathedral which is close by and we got a warm welcome by the authorities as well.

We got the first hand information on the tradition of the catholic churches and also it made easy for us to differentiate the tradition of ours. Though we worship the same Lord everywhere, the way of worship and concept of Order of Service differ.

Putting incense around the Altar was new to most of us. During the Service people maintained the sanctity of worship. Another feature of the Catholic tradition is that the deacon with the permission and blessings of the chief priest read the Gospel passage and delivered the sermon. Interestingly, before reading the Gospel passage the deacon offered incense to the Holy Bible.

Only after going to this Cathedral we realized that this Sunday was the 13th Sunday of this year and they were very particular about this. The sermon was based on Mark 5:21-43. This passage talks about mainly on ‘simple faith’ which was apt for the theological students like us.

One more thing we noticed is that the diocese of Karnataka has circulated the passage and required material for the service. A pamphlet which was in circulation suggests us that the diocese decides the subject for every week and circulates the same across the state. So whichever part of the state you go you will hear the same sermon on that particular day.

Monday 22 June 2015

Bishop Dr. Mar Aphrem preaches in the UTC chapel

Bishop Dr. Mar Aphrem of the Assyrian Church of the East (The Chaldean Church) preached in the Tagore Hall for the Sunday evening worship yesterday. He was accompanied by Bishop Awgen Mar Kuriakose. The bishop is an alumnus of UTC who studied here way back in 1966. The worship was a home coming for the bishop.

Bishop Aphrem has published more than 70 books in various languages and he is a scholar in the field of History of Christianity. His series of books on humour in the church are very popular and have been reprinted several times.

Bishop Mar Aphrem preached about the need and importance of ecumenism, knowing and practicing new trends in theology, learning from each other, being sensitive to what God has created and doing our part for creation and the environment as important things we should do. He emphasized on cultural and geographical challenges within Christianity and said we have to overcome them.

The bishop along with Bishop Awgen Kuriakose were honoured by the principal.

Monday 8 June 2015

College reopens

The college reopened after the summer vacation with principal's tea and worship yesterday. The continuing graduate, post graduate and research students along with the new students got together in front of the ERC and later in the Tagore Hall. The new students were introduced along with the faculty members and administrative staff. Deans of graduate and post graduate sections made announcements for the year and the worship theme was also introduced.

In the worship that followed, the principal Rev. Dr. John Samuel Raj dwelt on theological education and the need to work in unity for the progress of the college. The Registrar Rev. Lalawmpuia Hauhnar assisted in the worship along with student representatives.

Wednesday 6 May 2015

Rev. Dr. Somen Das passes away

Rev. Dr. Somen Das, from the Church of North India, prominent theologian, prolific writer, teacher and ecumenical stalwart, passed away at the age of 75 in Mumbai on May 5, 2015.
After his B.A (Hons.) in English Literature and B.D from Serampore College, Rev. Dr. Somen Das pursued his theological education in USA for his Thm and PhD in Christian Theology and Ethics in Princeton and Boston Universities in 1967 and 1978 respectively. He was an ordained minister of the Church of North India, and taught Christian Theology and Ethics for 34 years in various Theological Seminaries – Serampore College (1969-70), United Theological College, Bangalore (1970-88) and Bishop’s College (1989-99). He served as Acting Principal at UTC, Bangalore (1987-88), Principal of Bishop’s College (1989-99), Visiting Professor at New College, Edinburgh, Scotland; Andover Newton, USA and Heidelberg University, Germany. From 2000 onwards he lived in Serampore and offered his services to Serampore College as well as the North India Institute of Post-Graduate Theology Studies (NIIPGTS). He wrote several books and published numerous articles in leading journals. Rev. Dr. Das also served as chairperson of the Student Christian Movement of India (SCMI) from 1985 – 1989. He contributed greatly as resource person in NCCI programs and his support for the ecumenical movement is well-known.
It is a great loss to the Church, seminaries, the ecumenical movement and to the UTC. The principal, faculty, staff and students of the UTC thank God for His life and contributions. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and several students, colleagues and friends of Dr. Somen Das.

Courtesy Rev. Caesar David, NCCI Communications