Sunday 20 July 2014

Public Lecture on Sexual Violence within the Focus of Narrative Theology

A public lecture on "Sexual Violence within the Focus of Narrative Theology",  "Tamar's Story in 2 Sam 13 in the Light of the Dueteronomic Law" by Prof. Dr. Andreas Kunz-Lubcke will be held on July 25, 2014 at the Tagore Hall of the UTC at 4:30 P.M. All are welcome.

Tuesday 15 July 2014

Naga Christian Fellowship




The BD I students worshipped with the Nagaland Christian Fellowship on July 13. The fellowship meets in the Richmond Town Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon's under the leadership of Pastor Rev. Zhabu Yimsung. On the 13th, the fellowship had a praise and worship service on the theme "God is faithful". 

The entire worship was conducted by the worship team. The singing of songs with actions and also the music and the feel created made the congregation participate fully. They made sure all the members gathered were a part of it. The testimony of one among the worship team was also encouraging and showed how God calls people for different ministries. The message to let others see Christ in you was evident throughout the testimony. This ecclesial exposure was a different experience for many of the BD I students accompanied by Sr. Mary Sruthi. 

The UTC students and faculty member with pastor Zhabu Yimsung

Wednesday 9 July 2014

Church exposure visit to St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral




On the 6th of July 2014, Sunday, the class of BD 1 consisting of 27 students and Sr. Dr. Mary Shruti Joseph, SND visited the St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, a Catholic church, in Cleveland Town, St. John's Church Road, Bangalore.  The church was built in 1842. Fr. Joseph Abraham solemnised the mass and he welcomed the group of believers by using the phrase, “Welcome to the Cathedral on The Most Beautiful Day.” The sprinkling of holy water on the heads of the believers (reminding us of our baptism) was a new experience to many of us. The sermon was based on Matt. 11:28-30. Father reminded us in his sermon that Jesus in this passage refers his yoke to the yoke of love. He also said that Jesus is asking us to cast all our modern day burdens on to Jesus and He will sustain us. Burdens are always a part and parcel of our life. Jesus always said COME TO ME! After the sermon the believers were administered mass. Overall, the mass was truly a ‘Beautiful’ experience in a very ‘Beautiful’ church. 


 Joel George Philip, BD I

Friday 4 July 2014

Public Lecture on "Christian and Pluralistic Theologies of Religion"




A public lecture by Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt- Leukel,  Professor and Head of the department of Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology, University of Munster, Germany, on the topic "Christian and Pluralistic Theologies of Religion" will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 4:30 P.M. in the Tagore Hall of the UTC.


Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel, taught at the Universities of Munich, Innsbruck and Salzburg. From 2000-2009 he was Professor of Religious Studies and Systematic Theology at the University of Glasgow. His main interests are  in the fields of inter-faith relations, Buddhist-Christian dialogue, pluralist theologies of religions and most recently inter-faith theology. He published more than 20 books in different languages. Among his more recent publications are Understanding Buddhism (2006); Buddhist Attitudes to Other Religions (2008); Transformation by Integration (2009) and Buddhism and Religious Diversity (2012).

The lecture will be moderated by the principal Rev. Dr. John Samuel Raj.

 






Wednesday 2 July 2014

Alumni refresher to be held on October 21,22 and 23


The UTC alumni refresher programme and meeting will be held on October 21,22 and 23 this year. A special host committee consisting of the principal, Rev. Dr. John Samuel Raj, the faculty co-ordinator Rev. Dr. Dexter Maben and students of the college met along with the functionaries of the alumni association and chalked out the plans for the UTC alumni refresher programme this year.

The theme for this year is "Re-visioning Ministry and Mission: Perspectives from the Margins". The final date for registration is August 31, 2014. The following information is necessary for the registration.

Name:

Date and year of birth:

Gender:

Batch:

BD/M.Th./D.Th.:

House (Larsen/Herrick/Devanandan/ Thorp):
Sports interested in:

Phone no.: (Landline & Mobile)

E-mail id:

The UTC alumni functionaries are



President              Rev.T. Stephen Selvinraj

Vice President       Rev. Vinod Victor
Secretaries            Rev. Mrs Shanthi, Mr.David Solomon Raju Pallikonda
Members               Rev. Giftson Paulraj, Mrs. Elsie Bhagya Kumari

For registration over e mail and contacting for queries please get in touch with Dexter Maben @ dextermaben@googlemail.com or Shashikala (The PRO) @ proutc@gmail.com 
 






Thursday 12 June 2014

Bangalore Theological Forum






The latest issue (Vol. XLV, No. 2, December 2013) of the Bangalore Theological Forum (BTF) is out and has been sent to all subscribers. It is also available in the Public Relations Office of the UTC. Dr. Joseph George is the editor.

The latest issue has the following articles
Jubilee and Liberation: A North-East India Tribal Perspective- Atula Ao (Tsudir).

The Contributions of Sigmund Mowinckel on the Study of the Book of Psalms- Lalawmpuia Hauhnar.

Sexuality and Spirituality: A Hermeneutical Exploration into the Song of Songs- Wungtei Buchem Phom.

Mission as the Church with Neighbours: Reading Paul's Jerusalem Collection with Ben Sira- Dexter S. Maben.

The Ambivalent Pilate: Reverse Mimicry in Mathew's Gospel- Raj Nadella.

Religion-State Interface: The Idea of India in a Post Secular Age- R. Sahayadhas.

Essay on Barth and Thatamanil: Two theologians against Religion- Martha Moore-Keish.

Citius, Altius, Fortius: Deciphering Ethical Contours in Human Cognitive Enhancement- Allan Samuel Palanna.

Reconfiguring 'Christian Unity': Towards an Ecumenism of Manyness- Y.T. Vinayaraj.

The Emergence of a Mission Theology in 21 st Century- Mary Shruti Joseph, SND.

HIV-AIDS as a Modern Crisis Experience: Challenges for Pastoral Care and Counselling- Joseph George.

The Voice of Jana Gana Mana: Indian Christian Theology-Re-evaluated- J.G. Muthuraj.

Sunday 6 April 2014

Mr. Shine Sasi




Mr. Shine Sasi works as a mess boy in the United Theological College, Banglore. He was born in 1991 in a village named Nedumangad near Trivandrum in Kerala. His father's name is G. R. Sasi and his mother's name is Susy Sasi. Shine's father was a Hindu but later he converted and become an evangelist. Shine has a younger brother named Nithin Sasi and he is a GTH student in the Mispah Bible College, Trissur.

After his 12th standard he searched for a job and finally he reached UTC and joined in the temporary post of a mess boy in August, 2013. Shine now stays with his uncle at Hebbal. Shine feels that he is getting a family atmosphere in UTC and that makes up for his home sickness. Everyone likes him and he is often asked to sing in various programmes in UTC and this is a thrilling experience for him. 

Bini Jose, BD III