Thursday, January 29, 2009

Life Sketch

1916 May 15: Birth; School Education: Melukara Girls School (till 4th standard) & St Thomas High School, Kozhencherry
1931-35: Degree education at Science College, Thiruvananthapuram: Gold Medal for good conduct; Passes BA Chemistry with first class
1935-37: Teacher, Ashramam High School, Perumbavoor
1937: At Christava Ashramam, Alappuzha and Manganam (Kottayam)
1938: Balabhavan, Thiruvananthapuram: Working among street children
1939: Youth Christian Council of Action; protest against the construction of the statue of
Sir. C.P. Ramaswami Ayer
1941: With Dr Kheytan at Bangalore, along with A.K. Thampi. Reading and study
1942-44: Active member of Youth Chriatian Council of Action. Staying at Christava
Ashramam, Manganam, along with A.K. Thampi and E.V. Mathew
1944-45: SCM activities; Editor of the Student Outlook
1945: Marriage with Ms. Elizabeth Thomas (Pennamma)
1944-47: First term as General Secretary, Mar Thoma Yuvajana Sakhyam
1947-50: Secretary, World Student Christian Federation, Geneva; organising the
World Christian Youth Conference at Oslo (August 1947); participation in the making of the book on church and society published in connection with the WCC inaugural
Assembly at Amsterdam.
1948 December: Leadership Conference of WSCF at Candy, Sri Lanka
1949: Conference of Asian Church Leaders, Bangkok
1949-52: WSCF Vice Chairperson from Asia and also serving as its part-time Secretary
1952: International Youth Christian Conference at Kottayam, Kerala; publishing the book,
Adhunika Bharathathile Rashtreeya Chinthagathikal;
Secretary of Committee for Literature on Social Concerns; WCC Central Committee at Luknow, India.
1953-54: Reading and Study at Union Theological Seminary, New York.
1954: WCC Assembly at Evanston
1957: Associate Director, CISRS; Editor of its journal, Religion and Society
1959: Secretary of the Committee on Social Transformation, nominated by the East Asia
Christian Conference; begins the Asian journal, Church and Society
1961: WCC Assembly, New Delhi
1961-68: Chairperson, Commission to Study Church and Society, WCC
1962-76: CISRS Director
1966: Chairperson, Third World Conference towards the formation of a Christian Social Ethics, Geneva.
1966-67: Visiting Professor, Union Theological Seminary, New York
1968-75: Chairperson, WCC Central Committee (Elected in the Uppsala Assembly of WCC in 1968,
continues till the Nairobi Assembly in 1975); Editor, Guardian Weekly, Madras
1969: Pennamma (MM’s wife) passes away due to cancer at her 51st year.
1972-73: William Patton Fellow, Selly Oak College
1975-77: Activism and writing against the Emergency Rule, India
1976: Chairperson, Kerala People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)
1977-1995: Writing and publishing of Bible reflections and interpretations in Malayalam
for Christian Literature Society (CLS), Tiruvalla.
1979-89: Visiting professorship at Bochum University, Germany (1979), Princeton Seminary, USA (1980, 1982-88), Ann Dover Newton, Boston (1981), Southern Methodist University (1989)
1990-92: Governor of Nagaland
1996 December 3: Death

(Courtesy: K.C. Varughese: MM Thomas: Mathathmaka Chinthakalile Darshanika Prathibha. Tiruvalla: CSS, 1996)

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