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Ecumenical theological education (ETE)

Ecumenical theological education is vital for the future of the ecumenical movement. The WCC and its partners help create networks of ecumenical theological institutions. The ETE activities create opportunities for developing ecumenically-oriented leadership within churches. They are a step towards equal access to theological education for all who wish to serve the churches.

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Asian theological educators discuss new trends in contextual theologies

Asian theological educators discuss new trends in contextual theologies

Eighteen representatives from theological institutions in Asia met in Bangkok, Thailand, from 17-20 April at a consultation on “Ecumenical Theological Education and Contextual Theologies in Asia” convened by the Ecumenical Theological Education department of the WCC with the support of the Foundation for Theological Education in South East Asia, and in collaboration with theological associations and institutions in Asia.

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For Russian priest, Bossey is ‘valuable’ and ‘precious’

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From Myanmar, Khaing Moh Moh finds she can befriend the world at Bossey

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Fr Sauca: “Our hope that they continue to seek and build new ecumenical relationships”

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