The Cross as a Sign of Reformation and Unity

(Source, WCC)

Keynote Address on the 175th Anniversary of the Reformation of the Mar Thoma Church

20 August 2011

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary


Your Eminence Most Rev. Dr Philipose Mar Chrisostem Valiaya Metropolitan,
Your Eminence Most Rev. Dr Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan,
Honorable Bishops, Clergy,
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

1.    I bring greetings to you from the World Council of Churches. I greet you on behalf of the millions of Christian brothers and sisters who belong to the 349 member churches of the WCC in more than 100 countries across the world.

I am truly delighted to be here with you this afternoon and it is a great joy to visit your country, especially this beautiful land Kerala which you call “God’s own country”. Moreover, it is a great joy and privilege for me to be at this historic event of the 175th anniversary celebrations of the Reformation in the Malankara Church. This is my first visit to India, and this is a marvelous occasion to come to India and to this particular part of the country. Continue reading “The Cross as a Sign of Reformation and Unity”

Mar Thoma Church – A Reformation Movement in Indian Orthodoxy

You may know that the Apostle Thomas reached India, and possibly died there, in his missionary endeavours.

Whatever the truth is, we can certainly find a thriving Orthodox church on the Malabar coast (South-Vest of India, Kerala State).

This Oriental (non-Chalcedonian) rite church is called The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church (see their website HERE). This church, according to Fr. Roberson (see HERE) has about 1.2mln members. This Indian church, like many others, went through a series of splits. Here is an image of the present situation, in historical perspective: Continue reading “Mar Thoma Church – A Reformation Movement in Indian Orthodoxy”