World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sent a message of condolence to the family and church community of Bishop Nibaron Das, chairman of the Bangladesh Methodist Church. Das passed away on 23 November.
Born in 1950, Das was one of the noted church leaders of Bangladesh. He established and served the Bangladesh Methodist Church since 1984, after completing his theological studies at the Asia Theological Seminary. Among other ecumenical engagements, Das served the National Council Of Churches in Bangladesh as a vice president.
He also started the International Leadership Institute in Bangladesh and was associated with HEED Bangladesh – one of the largest development organisations in the country. In addition, he was involved with Inter Church Fellowship, Pastor Act Together, Bangladesh Bible Society, Asian Methodist Council, and many other social and religious organizations in Bangladesh.
“His contributions and ecumenical leadership will be greatly missed,” wrote Tveit. “We remember his bereaved family, his church members and his associates in our prayers.”
The WCC offered special prayers for Das’s son, Gerald Ripon Das, who continues to serve the Methodist church as a minister.
“I take this opportunity to convey our sincere condolences to the members of the bereaved family and the Bangladesh Methodist Church,” concluded Tveit.