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Towards A Common Charter on Quality in Theological Education, Dietrich Werner
The Translatability of the Gospel and Theological Education in World Christianity in the 21st Century, Dietrich Werner
Quality in Theological Education - Discussion in Francophone Networks (CEVAA)
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
Mission and theological education - Suggestions for Possible Priorities in CEC for the Future
Lecture for CEC Commission Churches in Dialogue, Budapest, June 2011
Global Theological Education Survey 2011-2012
Global Research on present status and future of Theological Education in World Christianity
Asian Forum on Theological Education (AFTE)
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
Message of condolences on the death of Bishop Alberto Ramento
The World Council of Churches' Condemnation of Forced Evictions in
Congratulatory message to the President of South Africa
Statement on Arms Trade Treaty
Statement on Arms Trade Treaty on UN Conference on Arms Trade Treaty in New York, 2012
Ruling on Migrants' Right of Non-Refoulement
The World Council of Churches welcomes the landmark ruling of the European Court of Human Rights on 23 February 2012, in which the EU Court ruled that Italy violated the rights of Eritrean and Somali migrants by sending them back to Libya.
EDAN constitution
Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network
Climate Change - Children’s challenge
The cost of inaction will place a great economic burden on future generations. Children will bear the higher costs of not taking action today. Published by UNICEF.
A Vellore Blessing
Contributed by Linnea Good, Christian singer-songwriter from Canada, for the WCC 70th anniversary. Written for an intercultural Christian exchange with the staff and students of the Christian Medical College Hospital in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, in 2015.
Statement on the Middle East
Statement on the Middle East
WCC Central Committee Heraklion, Crete, Greece, 15-26 August 1967 STATEMENT ON THE MIDDLE EAST The Central Committee upon the recommendation of Reference Committee II ADOPTED the following statement
Second report of the Joint Working Group
The aim of the present document is to set out briefly the concrete results of the exchanges that have already taken place, and to indicate a vision of the future in which the Joint Working Group foresees the need for constantly more dynamic relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches.
First report of the Joint Working Group
After several preliminary meetings between representatives of the Vatican Secretariat for Christian Unity and of the World Council of Churches, the mandate for the Joint Working Group was presented to and adopted by the Central Committee at its meeting in Nigeria in January 1965. It was thereafter also officially accepted by the authorities of the Roman Catholic Church. In working out this project, the Roman Catholic side was guided by the Decree on Ecumenism, promulgated at the end of the third session of the Vatican Council; while the representatives of the World Council of Churches based their approach on the main lines of several WCC documents that describe the nature and function of the World Council and on various statements made by the World Council on the contemporary ecumenical situation.