GCIC condoles the passing away of Methodist Bishop Dr.Taranath S. Sagar

The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), learns with a sense of great shock and sorrow the passing away of Methodist Bishop Dr. Taranath S. Sagar on 19-10-2015, Monday night, at the Mallya Hospital in Bangalore. The GCIC joins the large number of his admirers in India and abroad in mourning the sad demise of Bishop Taranath and prays to God to grant unto him eternal rest. The GCIC also expresses its condolences to the members of the bereaved family of Bishop Taranath. Bishop Taranath was a great well-wisher of our work for the welfare of the Church in India. Besides being Bishop of the South India Regional Conference of the Methodist Church in India, he also occupied a number of very important positions in the Methodist Church in India, Asia and the world at large.

As President of National Council of Churches in India (NCCI), he was nominated to the Executive Committee of Christian Conference of Asia at its 16th general assembly held in Jakarta from May 20 to 27 last. As Bishop of the Methodist Church in India (MCI), he was also member of the Central Committee of World Council of Churches (WCC) elected in its 10th assembly in Busan, South Korea. He was a member of the constitutional amendment committee, and he moderated the constitutional amendment session during CCA Extraordinary General Assembly for constitutional amendments held on May 21, 2015 prior to the General assembly. He was also the main speaker for one of the Sarasehan – Ecumenical Dialogue on Emerging Asian Issues on May 23, 2015. He shared and facilitated the ecumenical dialogue on Diakonia and Prophetic witness:” Toward Coherent Asian Ecumenical Response.”

Bishop Dr.Taranath S Sagar was a towering figure in the Methodist Mission who combined the qualities of outstanding leadership, extraordinary insight and absolute integrity with a mighty vision for the growth of the Churches and Institutions. Baldwin Methodist College (BMC) in Bangalore was one among the prestigious Baldwin family of institutions run by the Methodist Church in India under the Chairmanship of the Bishop of the South India Regional Conference of which he was the Chairman of the Board of Governors. His untimely death is indeed an irreparable loss for education as well as for the Church in India.