The members of Indian Theological Association (ITA) gathered at Montfort Spirituality Centre, Bangalore from 26-29 April 2017, for their annual meet cum seminar. This was also an occasion to celebrate the Ruby Jubilee of the Association, on the theme 40 years of Indian Theological Association: Milestones and Sign Posts.
(ITA) was founded with the vision of promoting the development of an Indian Christian theology.
Fr. Joseph Constantine Manalel CMI was the great visionary behind this venture. Over the past 40 years, ITA has striven to live its prophetic call and leave a mark not just on the theological landscape of the Indian Church, but also on the universal church, through its commitment and dedication to theologizing in the Indian context.
At the end of the conference, a new team of office bearers were elected for a term of three years. They are:
- President: Dr. Vincent Kundukulam
- Vice President: Dr. Kochurani Abraham
- Secretary: Dr. Raj Irudaya SJ
- Treasurer: Dr. Joy Pulickan SDB
Other members of the Executive Committee are Alangaram SJ, Jacob Parappally MSFS, Jerome Silvester IMS and D.J. Margaret FMA.
The Assembly thanked the outgoing team – Shalini Mulackal PBVM (President), Anandam (Vice President), Roy Lazar (Secretary), James Anaparambil (Treasurer) and the other EC members -Astrid lobo Gajiwala, John Baptist and Tony Neelankavil for the commendable service they rendered to ITA over the last three years.
The Jubilee provided the occasion for an introspection of ITA’s trajectory thus far and for a critical examination of its relevance to the Indian church and society. The conference ended on a note of deeper bonding between the members and a renewed commitment to live ITA’s vision with greater vitality in today’s context.