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Churches Recommit to Accelerate HIV Response Jun 28, 2016 02:00 AM Pastoral letter With this letter issued at its Central Committee meeting in Trondheim, the WCC reaffirmed its commitment to eliminating AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
Challenges and Promises of Quality Assurance in Theological Education Jan 01, 2013 01:20 PM B Challenges and Promises of Quality Assurance in Theological Education: Multicontextual and Ecumenical Inquiries by the World Conference of Associations of Theological Institutions ( is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Asian Forum on Theological Education (AFTE) Guidelines Aug 31, 2012 06:00 AM R With the sprouting of many theological institutions and Bible schools in Asia, there is a need for these theological education networks to come together, learn from each other and work together and come up with a mutual support mechanism to strengthen leadership formation program of the churches. Participants of the workshop affirmed the need of bringing together different theological education networks in Asia under the umbrella “Asian Forum on Theological Education.”
Asian Forum on Theological Education (AFTE) Communiqué Aug 31, 2012 06:00 AM R Theological education in Asia has been constantly under review, aimed at making it more relevant in addressing the emerging local and global challenges as well as contextual issues, which demands that programs of theological education continue to strive to form Christian theological preachers and teachers who will witness to Christ.
Keynote address on theology and unity in Oslo consultation Jun 06, 2012 11:45 PM Lecture - Speech Oslo consultation by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary, WCC, on the “The future of theology in the changing landscapes of universities in Europe and beyond”, 6 June 2012.
Lecture at Korean Association of Theological Schools congress Mar 23, 2012 07:00 AM Perspectives in the light of the forthcoming WCC assembly in Busan
Tribute to H.H. Pope Shenouda III Mar 18, 2012 01:07 AM Tribute Condolence letter to the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church
Ecumenical Covenant on Theological Education Mar 17, 2012 12:00 AM S This public statement was formulated b y the ETE Accompaniment Group during its meeting in Bossey Ecumenical Institute 14-17 March 2012. It is recommended to the WCC Central Committee of WCC in August 2012 to be received and recommended for dialogue and study to WCC member churches and their dialogue with regional associations of theological schools in the process leading to the assembly in Busan. The statement aims at highlighting the strategic significance of ecumenical formation and theological education for the future of the ecumenical movement and reminding the churches of their responsibilities in the context of emerging challenges for the 21st century.
Speech at St Andrews, Presbyterian Church, Toronto Mar 14, 2012 07:02 PM Lecture - Speech In a series of visits to the Toronto offices of WCC member churches in Canada, and in a lecture and panel discussion on the evening of Wednesday 14 March, the WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, explored contemporary hopes and challenges in the pursuit of Christian unity.
Dalit and Indigenous theologies in Asia Feb 28, 2012 07:00 AM An International Theological Symposium was jointly organized by WCC-Just and Inclusive Communities, SCEPTRE, NCCI, Bishop's and Gossner Theological College from 13-16th December, 2011 at SCEPTRE, Shrachi Centre, 74B, A.J.C. Bose Road, Kolkata-16.
Message from conference in Hofgeismar, Germany Feb 27, 2012 07:00 AM Message Message from the conference on "Violence in the Name of God? Joshua in changing contexts" in Hofgeismar, Germany, 23 to 27 February, 2012
Common Collaboration in Theological Education - Findings of the Birmingham process Apr 09, 2011 05:25 PM R From 6-9 April 2011 some 25 representatives of partner organizations in theological education, mission agencies, scholarship organizations and REOs met at Queens Foundation for a consultation on “International Partnership and Funding Strategies for Theological Education”, a joint international consultation hosted together by ETE/WCC and Queens Foundation for the sharing of information on challenges, priorities and collaboration needs in theological education.
The Church and the Child - Perspectives for a new initiative for theological education Mar 21, 2011 07:30 AM Lecture - Speech "Ecumenical Heritage and Perspectives For A Joint Commitment for The Future" - Contribution to a Nairobi conference on child-theology networks, 10-21 March 2011
Theological education with migrant Christians in the changing landscape of World Christianity Dec 01, 2010 07:27 PM Message Theological education with migrant Christians in the changing landscape of World Christianity - Crucial issues from WCC/ETE perspective
Report of the Association of Theological Institutions of East Africa (ATIEA) Consultation 2010 Nov 17, 2010 07:00 AM R ATIEA-AACC CONSULTATION OCT. 17-18 2010 The consultation was launched with the help of the AACC administration, specifically, the general secretary Rev Karamaga and the coordinator of theology desk Rev Dr. Dossou.
Towards an African Fund for Theological Education Nov 16, 2010 07:00 AM R Towards an African Fund for Theological Education in AACC. Proposal for the AACC Advisory Group on Theological Education
Inter-Orthodox consultation on the ecumenical movement in theological education and Orthodox church life Nov 12, 2010 06:36 PM S International Inter-Orthodox Consultation on "The Ecumenical Movement in Theological Education and in the Life of Orthodox Churches" held in Sibiu Romania from the 9-12 November 2010.
West African Association of Theological Institutions (WAATI) in Ghana 2010 Oct 14, 2010 06:00 AM Theological Consultation Forum held at Presbyterian Women’s Conference center Abokobi, 12th -14th October 2010.
Report of ASTHEOL consultations in Yaunde and in Kinshasa Febr. and March 2010 Feb 17, 2010 07:00 AM Report combining the key issues raised in Yaounde and in Kinshasa. THEOLOGICAL CONSULTATIONS YAOUNDE (14 - 17 February 2010), and KINSHASA (14 - 17 March 2010)
Joint Information Service Nov 30, 2009 12:00 AM B This Joint Information Service of the WCC programme on Ecumenical Theological Education and the World Conference of Associations of Theological Institutions (WOCATI) focuses on the Theological Education World Study Report 2009 by the Edinburgh 2010 International Study Group.
Study guide on Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry Jul 29, 2009 03:05 PM Study document The stories and questions in this study guide on Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (BEM) are intended for group discussion or individual study.
Ministerial formation, issue 111, November 2008 Nov 30, 2008 12:00 AM B This issue presents a collection of voices from the Latin American discourse on theological education. It is interesting to realize how fast developments have progressed on this continent since the last special issue on Latin America in 1992, though some challenges remain the same.
Theological Education for Holistic Healing Nov 06, 2008 07:00 AM B
Statement on the future of Ecumenical Theological Education in Estern and Central Europe Sep 27, 2008 06:00 AM S
Challenges and major tasks for ecumenical theological education in the 21st century - Dietrich Werner Jul 30, 2008 06:00 AM L
West African Association of Theological Institutions - Dr. Sunday Oyalana Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM R
The need for change in theological education - Dr. Petros Vassiliades Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM L
The Forest of Theological Education - Mission and Ecumenism in Latin America - Dr. Jose Duque Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM L
The challenge to developing contextual theology in pluralistic society in Indonesia - Dr. Daniel Nuhamara/Dr. Tabita Christiani Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM R
The challenge of inter-religious dialogue and praxis to the African theological community - Dr. Emmanuel Martey (CATI) Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM L
The challenge of imperial globalization to theological education - Dr. Ulrich Duchrow Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM L
Report on Asociacion de Seminarios e Instituciones Teologicas (ASIT) - Welvi Enriques Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM R
Priorities for ecumenical theological education in the 21st century - Dr. Dietrich Werner Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM L
Perspectives of ecumenical cooperation in Theological Education in Eastern and Central Europe - Dr. Vladimir Fedorov Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM L
Paradigm shift in theological education in Southern and Central Africa - Dr. Nathaniel Amanze Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM S
Message from the WOCATI congress on Theological Education: A Radical Reappraisal Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM S
Manifesto for a quality theological education - Dr. Matthias Preiswerk Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM S
Major challenges for African Women Theologians Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM L Keynote adress by Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri
Global solidarity in theological education and the future shape of WOCATI - ETE paper, Dr. Dietrich Werner Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM B
Ecumenical education as an agent of transformation Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM B by Dr Sientje Merentek-Abraham (ATESEA)
Doing theology down under - Yesterday, today and tomorrow - Dr. Raymond Nobbs Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM L
Contextualization of Theological Education in South East Asia - Dr. Huang Po Ho Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM L
Between the "Return to the Fathers" and the need for a Modern Orthodox Theology Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM L Presentation by Prof. Pantelis Kalaitzides, Greece, on the work and theological approach of the Volos Academy for theological studies
Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) - Dr. Namsoon Kang Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM R
20 Years of cooperation in the World Conference of Associations of Theological Institutions (WOCATI) - Dr. Petros Vassiliades Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM R
ETE Jubilee - Travel through memory lane - Theological Education in the WCC orbit Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM L
ETE Jubilee - Relevance and importance of TEF/PTE/ETE Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM L
Education and the WCC - an overview from the beginnings to 1968 Uppsala Assembly - Simon Oxley Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM L
14 good reasons for investing in ecumenical theological education Jun 06, 2008 06:00 AM B
Magna Charta on Ecumenical Theological Education in the 21st century - ETE reference document Jun 03, 2008 06:00 AM S
Ecumenical Learning in Global Theological Education - Legacy and unfinished tasks of Edinburgh 1910 Jun 03, 2008 06:00 AM S
Ministerial formation, issue 110, April 2008 Apr 01, 2008 06:35 AM B This issue of Ministerial Formation is at the special occasion both of the Jubilee of ETE as well as the congress of the World Conference of Associations of Theological Institutions (WOCATI). 50 years of work in promoting ecumenical theological education in six continents - what a history of struggling, what accumulation of dedicated efforts of many gifted theological educators, what persistency in the promotion of both contextualization and globalization of theological education are imbedded in and part of these 50 years!
Ministerial formation, issue 109, July 2007 Jul 01, 2007 06:35 AM B This issue focuses on theological education in the societies of Asia. Articles have been compiled by Wati Longchar, ETE Regional Consultant for Asia and Pacific.
Ministerial formation, issue 107, July 2006: Jul 01, 2007 06:35 AM B In this issue, entitled "Voices from Brazil", we hear the voices of a small group of theological students and their professors who attended the WCC's 9th Assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in February 2006.
Renuka Mukerji Somasekhar May 01, 2007 04:26 PM P
HIV and AIDS curriculum for Theological Education by Extension Jan 01, 2007 07:00 AM Advocacy report This series is produced as a resource for the empowerment of the body of Christ - to nurture the church as it seeks to become an HIV&AIDS competent church. The series consists of a distant learning curriculum and ten modules.
Ministerial formation, issue 108, January 2007: Jan 01, 2007 06:35 AM B In this issue, Ross Kinsler writes on theological education for the 21st century; Colin Smith looks at theological education in Nairobi; Roger Gaikwad provides an Asian reflection on the All-Africa TEE conference; Wati Longchar gives a visitor's impression of theological education in China; and David B. Alexnder reflects on Asian theological education under the challenge of globalization.
Joint Report of the Programme and Policy Reference Committees (adopted) Sep 06, 2006 07:43 PM R
Workshop on disability discourse for theological colleges, Bangalore, India May 28, 2006 12:00 AM Report Organized by ETE-WCC/CCA, EDAN & SATHRI
Ministerial formation, issue 105-106, July 2005-January 2006 Jul 01, 2005 06:35 AM B In this double issue in Spanish, Portugues and English, theological educators from Latin America have been invited to reflect on the theme of the forthcoming WCC assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and to write on texts of their choice.
Ministerial Formation, issue 104, January 2005 Jan 01, 2005 06:35 AM B The articles in this issue sample a spirit of resistance to evil as experiences through violent acts in the Philippines, Nicaragua, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Russia. In many cases, church leaders remain silent and oblivious to violence and abuse of power in the home, the church and in society in general. These articles challenge us to speak out the truth with courage and vision.
Ministerial Formation, issue 103, July 2004 Jul 01, 2004 06:35 AM B In this issue, we hear voices and actions taken to address violence and peace-making in a variety of contexts in church and society, in relation to the WCC campaiggn "On the wings of a dove" (25 November - 10 December 2004), which focuses on overcoming violence vs. women and children.
Ministerial Formation, issue 102, January 2004 Jan 01, 2004 06:35 AM B Focussing on HIV/AIDS, this issue urges theological educators to heed the call to faith-based communities to take their rightful place at the frontline in the battle against the pandemic and, most of all, the stigma and discrimination people living with AIDS.
Interdisciplinary course on disability for B.D/M.Div degree programme Jan 01, 2004 12:00 AM
Special course on disability for B.D./M.Div. degree programme Jan 01, 2004 12:00 AM
Ministerial Formation, issue 101, July 2003 Jul 01, 2003 06:35 AM B The articles in this issue illustrate how Ecumenical Theological Education (ETC) is an instrument for nurturing ecumenical consciousness.
Ministerial Formation, issue 100, January 2003 Jan 01, 2003 06:35 AM focuses on developing theological, biblical and religious education thinking from different countries.
Ministerial Formation, issue 98-99, July-October 2002 Jul 01, 2002 06:35 AM B is devoted to the results of an evaluation of theological education and ecumenical formation in Africa entitled "The Journey of Hope Continues" that began in 2001.
Ministerial Formation, issue 97, April 2002 Apr 01, 2002 06:35 AM B focuses on a the theme of a 4-10 June 2001 seminar on "Transforming theological education: women and leadership" held at the Ecumenical Institute Bossey and on how gender studies and women's theologies are helping in the transformation of theological education and church ministry.
Ministerial Formation, issue 96, January 2002 Jan 01, 2002 06:35 AM B challenges and encourages those in theological education and ecumenical ministerial formation to be critically aware of the life-threatening issues of the day and to do something in our methodologies and curricula to address them and deliver effective and transforming education in church and society.
Ministerial Formation, issue 95, October 2001 Oct 01, 2001 06:35 AM B offers a report of the second meeting of the WCC Commission on Education and Ecumenical Formation, held 18-22 September 2001 in Cartigy, Switzerland, and marked by the tragic events of 11 September.
Ministerial Formation, issue 94, July 2001 Jul 01, 2001 06:35 AM B attempts to share new perspective on pedagogy and vocation in theological education, within the framework of world-wide globalization.
Ministerial Formation, issue 93, April 2001 Apr 01, 2001 06:35 AM B articles by women theologians, focussing on theological education and ministry, the urgency of scholarship grants for women, theological networks for women on violence against women, and challenges of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa in particular as it affects women's lives.
Ministerial Formation, issue 92, January 2001 Jan 01, 2001 06:35 AM B articles focussing on the needs and concerns expressed by people with disabilities. Learn about the Ecumenical Disability Advocacy Network (EDAN). Contains theological reflections from Cuba, Kenya, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Striving Together in Dialogue Nov 01, 2000 07:17 PM S This document has been published by the World Council of Churches and other partners, including Islamic organisations and specialised journals. It is the fruit of a Muslim-Christian meeting held in Amersfoort, Netherlands in November 2000. Convened by the World Council of Churches, it took stock of the various Christian-Muslim dialogue initiatives of this organisation since 1991. During the last nine years, Christian and Muslim religious leaders, educators and activists have discussed the thorny and sometimes divisive issues of religion, law and society, human rights, religious freedom, community rights, mission and da'wa and communal tensions. This document draws largely on their questions, reflections and conclusions.
Teaching Christianity in dialogue with other faith traditions Oct 23, 2000 05:45 PM Report Consultation report of a 19-23 October 2000 consultation in Geneva on "Concepts of teaching and learning in religions: teaching Christianity in dialogue with other faith traditions", held in cooperation with the German Comenius Institute "At this point in history, two main trends - globalization and pluralism - are the focus of the ecumenical movement, and are decisive elements influencing societies and all areas of education all over the world. Both trends present challenges and opportunites for intercultural and interreligious exchange and learning."
Multifaith consultation on religious education Oct 15, 2000 05:21 PM S Letter from the participants in a multifaith consultation on religious education held in Bangkok 11-15 October, 2000, to colleagues engaged in religious education within all our religious communities and in educational institutions.
Ministerial Formation, issue 91, October 2000 Oct 06, 2000 06:35 AM B more papers from the "Consultation on Orthodox Theological Education and Ecumenical Themes" as well as articles on the Ecumenical Theological Education (ETE) programme from around the world.
Ministerial Formation, issue 90, July 2000 Jul 01, 2000 06:35 AM B papers from the "Consultation on Orthodox Theological Education and Ecumenical Themes" plus the launching of the Sarah Chakko Theological Endowment Fund to support the theological education of women from the South and Central and Eastern Europe.
Formation of the Laos May 07, 1997 05:45 PM L Presentation: Formation of the Laos by Godlind Bigalke at the May 1997 international consultation on the theme: "Towards a Common Understanding of the Theological Concepts of Laity/Laos: The People of God."
AIDS and the Churches Aug 19, 1986 12:05 PM Statement: public statement Adopted by the WCC Executive Committee’s at its meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland 15-19 September 1986
WOCATI 2011 Consultation Communiqué Jan 01, 1970 07:30 AM R Communique from the 2011 Consultation of the World Conference of Associations of Theological Institutions (WOCATI), which took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 4 to 8 July. The Consultation, the first ever mabe in Africa, gathered 38 representatives of Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, Pentecostal and African Independent Churches, who discussed issues of quality in theological education on a global level.
Towards A Common Charter on Quality in Theological Education, Dietrich Werner Jan 01, 1970 07:30 AM B
The Translatability of the Gospel and Theological Education in World Christianity in the 21st Century, Dietrich Werner Jan 01, 1970 07:30 AM L
Quality in Theological Education - Discussion in Francophone Networks (CEVAA) Jan 01, 1970 07:30 AM L The fragmented landscapes of theological education on global scale today and different political conditions and frameworks according to which theological education can organize itself also lead to quite different ways in which accreditation and quality assessment of higher education institutions in theological education is taking place. There has not been yet any attempt to compare and reflect theologically the different sets of criteria by which associations of theological schools asses the quality of theological education within their own area of responsibility. A major international and ecumenical research project would be advisable and deserve funding on questions like a) What are the underlining theological presuppositions for sets of quality criteria for theological education in a given social and denominational context? b) What is the relation between general or secular sets of criteria for assessment in higher theological education and specific sets of criteria which emerge out of specifically theological concerns? c) To what extend there is a common ground between different sets of criteria for theological education programs between different social and denominational contexts?
Missionary learning and ecumenical formation in regional churches in the German context - Dietrich Werner Jan 01, 1970 07:30 AM L
Mission and theological education - Suggestions for Possible Priorities in CEC for the Future Jan 01, 1970 07:30 AM Lecture for CEC Commission Churches in Dialogue, Budapest, June 2011
Global Theological Education Survey 2011-2012 Jan 01, 1970 07:30 AM B Global Research on present status and future of Theological Education in World Christianity
Asian Forum on Theological Education (AFTE) Jan 01, 1970 07:30 AM S Responding to the need of working together in training future church leaders, the Ecumenical Theological Education of the World Council of Churches (ETE-WCC) in cooperation with the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), 15 representatives from regional and national theological associations, networks and partner organizations for theological education in Asia met at Trinity Theological College, Singapore on the Pentecost-weekend from 10-11, June, 2011.
Association of Theological Instititions in Southern and Central Africa (ATISCA), Johannesburg 2011 Jan 01, 1970 07:30 AM R