Berkeley Divinity students engage traditions of Church of South India and Church of Mar Thoma
In November, the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale explored its liturgical connections with the Church of South India and the Church of Mar Thoma (the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar). The Church of South India is a member church of the Anglican Communion, and the Church of Mar Thoma is an Eastern Oriental Church in the Syriac tradition in full communion with the churches of the Anglican Communion.
On Nov. 2, Bishop Duleep de Chickera, the retired bishop of the Diocese of Colombo in Sri Lanka, presided at a Berkeley Eucharist service using the Church of South India liturgy, then spoke with students at the Berkeley Center about his ongoing reconciliation work in the region.
On Nov. 15, the Rev. Biju Simon of the Church of Mar Thoma addressed students in the English Reformation Liturgical Traditions and the Evolution of the Anglican Books of Common Prayer course taught by Bryan Spinks, the Bishop F. Percy Goddard Professor of Liturgical Studies and Pastoral Theology.
Students in this course are studying the liturgies of these two Asian churches and comparing them to the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church of the U.S.A. Finally, on Nov. 16, Simon and members of his Mar Thoma church in New York presided over a Berkeley Eucharist service in the Mar Thoma Syriac tradition.