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Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management

In order to strengthen the voice of the churches with regards to global economics, a small group of up to 15 current and future leaders representing the churches will have the chance to attend the Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management (GEM) for an Economy of Life in Lusaka, Zambia from 21 August to 01 September 2017.
Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management

Participants of GEM School 2016 in Hong Kong. © Kalok Law/HKCC/WCC

Event details

When

21 August 2017 to
01 September 2017

Where

Lusaka, Zambia

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In order to strengthen the voice of the churches with regards to global economics, a group of up to 15 current and future leaders representing the churches will have the opportunity to attend the Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management (GEM) for an Economy of Life in Lusaka, Zambia from 21 August to 01 September 2017.

This initiative responds to recommendations formulated for the World Communion of Reformed Churches, the World Council of Churches, the Council for World Mission and the Lutheran World Federation in 2014 in the document Economy of Life for All Now: An Ecumenical Action Plan for a New International Financial and Economic Architecture, which identified as a priority the development of competencies in economics within churches.

Churches’ ethical, moral and theological perspectives on the workings of the global economy presently have little impact on financial and economic policies, business practices and ways of thinking. To address this gap, the GEM School will build economic literacy within churches by equipping participants with the tools and languages to advocate for transformations in the global financial and economic realm.

Competencies

The 10-day curriculum addresses the following aims:

  • Identify theological starting points for economic justice (i.e. why and how theology and ethics are related to economics)
  • Provide a basic understanding of mainstream economic thinking
  • Identify, relativize and contextualize methodologies and normative fundamentals of economics
  • Widen the horizon of economics by introducing pluralistic approaches
  • Develop the interdisciplinary structure and ethical implications of combining theological dimensions with economics
  • Lay out the political and strategic implications for churches and their advocacy for an Economy of Life in the context of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.

Nomination criteria

  • MA or BA honors, preferably in theology, economics/management or any social science
  • Five years of leadership experience (except for youth until the age of 30)
  • Sound insights into practices of public policy and passion for justice (assessed through an essay)
  • Endorsement from a church or ecumenical organization

Among candidates who meet the nomination criteria, participants will be selected with a view to achieving regional, gender and denominational balance.

Participants are granted full scholarship, including flights, accommodation and full board. A minimum contribution of 100 US dollars is expected from each participant.

Application form and guidelines:

Filled-out application forms and supporting documents should be sent to the WCC Programme on Public Witness and Diakonia, associate general secretary Isabel Apawo Phiri, via Sophie.Dhanjal@wcc-coe.org. Further inquiries may be directed to Athena.Peralta@wcc-coe.org.

The final date of submission of applications is 31 January 2017. Selected participants will be informed by 15 March 2017.