Mylapore Institute for Indigenous Studies (MIIS)
Mylapore Institute was founded in 1995 with the sole objective of highlighting the indigeneity of Christianity in India and South Asia. The three major activities of MIIS include: Research, Publication and Academic programs.
Research Library: It is planned to establish a research library in the name of the founders: Roger Hedlund and June Hedlund. The personal collections of Hedlunds, donated books and complementary copies, all about 3,500 books are displayed in the library of Jubilee Memorial Bible College, located in Urapakkam, Chennai. In addition to this there are about one thousand books and back issue of Dharma Deepika in MIIS Office.
Graduate students and Ph.D. scholars are encouraged to make use of these valuable source materials.
Publication: As per the decision of the Committee Mylapore Institute focuses on publishing books on Indigenous Christianity. Important books published include: Christianity is Indian, Quest of Identity; India’s Churches of Indigenous Origin, Indian & Christian The Life and Legacy of Pandita Ramabai, Oxford Encyclopedia of South Asian Christianity Mission, all edited by Dr. Roger Hedlund, Mission in Context edited by Bishop C.V. Mathew, A German Exploration of Indian Society edited by Professor Daniel Jeyaraj.
The key objective of MIIS is equipping professionals of different fields with contextual sensitive theological subjects from time to time by organizing:
Public Lecture Series: It is hoped to organize lectures on monthly basis by inviting eminent scholars in different fields of knowledge to share their wisdom on pertinent contemporary themes.
One of the objectives of MIIS is to organize conferences/seminars for young theologians, Independent Church Pastors, laymen and students, with an intention of equipping them for mission work.