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R. Yesurathnam
Born 1941[1]
Church Church of South India
Diocese of Medak
Other names Regunta Yesurathnam
Education
Offices held
Title Reverend Doctor
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Regunta Yesurathnam is a theologian[2] and an administrator who teaches Systematic Theology[1] at the International University of the Caribbean[1], Kingston, Jamaica. He is also a Tutor at the Institute for Theological and Leadership Development Programme as well as an Associate Regional Director in the Cornwall Area Council of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands in Jamaica[2].

At a meeting of the Association of Theological Teachers in India (Seated fourth from right) in Luther W. New Jr. Theological College, Dehradun with K. David, Gnana Robinson and other Indian Theologians.

Contents

Writings

Articles

  • 1987 - The Adequacy of the Concept of Avatara for Expounding the Christian Doctrine of Incarnation[3]
  • 1988 - Religious Pluralism: Some Implications for the Mission of the Church[4]
  • 1990 - Abhishiktananda : An Indian Christian Theologian with a Difference[5]
  • 1999
    • - Liberation from Jubilee Perspective[6]
    • - Can the Clergy make it ?[7]
  • 2001 - Channels of Peace: A Theological Perspective[8]
  • 2002 - The Cross of Christ as the Anchor of Hope in Suffering[9]

Books

  • 2006 - A Christian Dialogical Theology: The Contribution of Swāmī Abhishiktānanda[1]
  • 1997 - The Church in India (in Telugu)[1]

History

Studies

Yesurathnam was born in 1941[1] in Adilabad District[1] (Telangana area) in Andhra Pradesh, and was schooled in institutions of the English Wesleyan Mission and the Church of South India. He studied theology at United Theological College, Bengaluru where he pursued a graduate course (B.D.) during 1963-1965.[10] After graduation, he was ordained in the historical Medak Cathedral and assigned pastoral duties in the Diocese of Medak by Eber Priestley. From 1969 to 1972 he studied again at United Theological College[10] and submitted a thesis entitled Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's concept of man and its relevance for a Christian interpretation of man in India.[11] After graduation, H. D. L. Abraham, then Bishop-in-Medak, assigned him a pastoral role before deputing him to teach at the ecumenical Andhra Christian Theological College.

Doctoral studies

While teaching at the ecumenical College in Hyderabad, Yesurathnam evinced interest in pursuing research in Systematic Theology and went on to study for his doctoral degree at the South Asia Theological Research Institute, Bengaluru. Yesurathnam researched at the United Theological College, Bengaluru, from 1978[10] through 1982[10] on a scholarship[1] from the Senate of Serampore College (University). He was supervised by Joshua Russell Chandran, Herbert Jai Singh and David C. Scott,[1] and studied in 1979-1980 to the University of Birmingham on a scholarship[1] from the Methodist Missionary Society (English Wesleyan Mission). In Birmingham, Yesurathnam was supervised by Walter Jacob Hollenweger[1], and then returned to Hyderabad, where he earned his Ph.D. with a dissertation titled A Christian dialogical theology: the contribution of Swami Abhishiktananda.[12]

Teaching

Yesurathnam's colleagues at the College in Hyderabad included B. J. Christie Kumar and G. Dyvasirvadam. Jürgen Fangmeier and L. Raymond Waldock came as Guest Lecturers to the College to teach Systematic Theology. In 1993 Yesurathnam taught at[1] the Kirchliche Hochschule, Wuppertal.

It was during the Bishopric of B. P. Sugandhar that Yesurathnam was made Principal of the Andhra Christian Theological College, Hyderabad representing the Church of South India. Yesurathnam's tenure as Principal representing the Church of South India began in 1994[1].

During Yesurathnam's Principalship, N. V. Luther Paul was sent for doctoral studies to SATHRI, Bengaluru while Ch. Vasantha Rao and K. Reuben Mark joined the College to begin teaching. Many of the current faculty of the Andhra Christian Theological College, Hyderabad, South India had either worked together with or studied under Yesurathnam. When the Church of South India's cycle of Principalship was over in 1998[1], Yesurathnam went[13] on a sabbatical to the Overseas Ministries Study Centre in New Haven, Connecticut where he became a Resident and also reviewed Jesudas Athyal's Relevant Patterns of Christian Witness in India: People as Agents of Mission[14]. When Yesurathnam's residency in New Haven, Connecticut was over, he returned to Hyderabad to continue teaching at the College.

R. Yesurathnam (seated fifth from left) as a member of the faculty of the Andhra Christian Theological College, Hyderabad, South India. Picture taken during S. Joseph's Principalship.

In 2002, Yesurathnam's Church Society, the Church of South India under the General Secretaryship of G. Dyvasirvadam recalled Yesurathnam from the Andhra Christian Theological College, Hyderabad where he had been teaching since thirty years and re-assigned him as an Overseas Missionary and sent to United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands representing the Council for World Mission. When Yesurathnam initially joined the Andhra Christian Theological College in 1974, he taught Systematic Theology along with Ryder Devapriam.

The Bible Society of India Andhra Pradesh Auxiliary then under L. Prakasam, Auxiliary Secretary, had also taken Yesurathnam as one of its Vice-Presidents.

Academic offices
Preceded by
G. Sampurna Rao
Principal

Andhra Christian Theological College, Hyderabad
1994 - 1998[1]

Succeeded by
K. D. G. Prakasa Rao
Preceded by
Ryder Devapriam
Lecturer in Systematic Theology

Andhra Christian Theological College, Hyderabad
1974 - 2001

Succeeded by
B. J. Christie Kumar

References

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Regunta Yesurathnam, A Christian Dialogical Theology: The Contribution of Swāmī Abhishiktānanda, Punthi Pustak, Kolkata, 2006. [1]
  2. ^ a b Council for World Mission. Missionaries. [2]
  3. ^ R. Yesurathnam, The Adequacy of the Concept of Avatara for Expounding the Christian Doctrine of Incarnation in DA 1, 1987. Cited by Bob Robinson in Christians meeting Hindus: an analysis and theological critique of the Hindu-Christian encounter in India, Regnum studies in mission, Regnum Books International, 2004. p.273. [3]
  4. ^ R. Yesurathnam, Religious Pluralism: Some Implications for the Mission of the Church in H. S. Wilson (Edited) The Church on the Move: A Quest to Affirm the Biblical Faith ; Essays in honour of Peddi Victor Premasagar, Christian Literature Society, Chennai, 1988. [4]
  5. ^ R. Yesurathnam, Abhishiktananda : An Indian Christian Theologian with a Difference in Reflections on Theology Today: Papers presented by the ACTC Faculty during the academic year 1988-1989 on Theology and the Mission and Ministry of the Church, ACTC, Hyderabad, 1990.
  6. ^ R. Yesurathnam, Liberation from Jubilee Perspective, National Council of Churches Review, Volume 119, National Council of Churches in India, Nagpur, 1999. [5]
  7. ^ R. Yesurathnam, Can the Clergy Make It?, National Council of Churches Review, Volume 119, National Council of Churches in India, Nagpur, 1999. [6]
  8. ^ R. Yesurathnam, Channels of Peace: A Theological Perspective, National Council of Churches Review, Volume 121, National Christian Council of India, Nagpur, 2001. [7]
  9. ^ R. Yesurathnam, The Cross of Christ as the Anchor of Hope in Suffering, National Council of Churches Review, Volume 122, National Christian Council of India, Nagpur, 2002. [8]
  10. ^ a b c d The United Theological College, Directory 1910-1997, Bengaluru, 1997. pp. 33, 106 & 142. [9]
  11. ^ Thesis Titles - M.Th., M.R.S., D.D., D.Th., Published by the Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College, Bengaluru, 1991. p.13
  12. ^ [10]
  13. ^ R. Yesurathnam, Review of Relevant Patterns of Christian Witness in India: People as Agents of Mission in International Bulletin of Missionary Research, April 1, 2001. [11]
  14. ^ Jesudas Athyal, Relevant Patterns of Christian Witness in India: People as Agents of Mission, Volume 1 of Mission-evangelism studies, Christhava Sahithya Samithy, Tiruvalla, 2000. [12]
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