29th September 2017: Bishop Samuel Amirtham’s funeral will be held today at 3 pm at Parassala Abb's Memorial CSI Church Cheruvarakkonam in Kerala. In the forenoon, arrangements will be made at the M. M. Church in Trivandrum for people to pay homage.
Rt. Rev. Samuel Amirtham, who was the Bishop of Church of South Indian in the South Kerala Diocese during 1990- 1997, passed away on 26th September 2017. He leaves behind his wife Lily, Children Asha and Arun and grandchildren.
Bishop Amirtham began his career as a tutor in Physics at Scott Christian College, Nagercoil; lectured at the United Theological College and was a visiting professor at the Garret Theological Seminary. He was the forerunner of indigenous theological education. He became the first Principal of the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary (TTS), Madurai in 1969. Under his leadership, many innovative programmes were initiated. One of his contributions was the establishment of Rural Theological Institute of the TTS. As the Principal of the TTS, he went on to become the Secretary of the Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College. He was instrumental in establishing the Solidarity Fund for the purpose of supporting theological education programmes in India. In the year 1989, he along with other leaders belonging to theological fraternity was instrumental in founding the South Asia Theological Research Institute (SATHRI) which was inaugurated as the programme for research to offer doctoral degrees of the Senate of Serampore College in Theology. This helped to produce hundreds of doctoral candidates in India. He was one of the theologians who brought the liberation theology to the core of the theological discourses in India.
From 1980 to 1990 Bishop became the Director of the Programme of Theological Education and Director of Ecumenical Institute, Bossey of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The Serampore College (University) conferred on him the Doctor of Divinity (Honoris Causa) in the year 1987 for his outstanding leadership in promoting and strengthening theological education in India.
Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen; the Moderator of the Church of South India, Rt. Rev. Dr. Vadapally Prasada Rao; the Deputy Moderator, Rev. Dr. Daniel Rathnakara Sadanada, the General Secretary, and Adv. Robert Bruce; the Hon. Treasurer, expressed their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
~ CSI Synod Communications