The Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI) 2018 is a global ecumenical short-term study and exposure programme in accompaniment of the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism in March 2018 in Arusha, Tanzania.
GETI 2018 is the second ecumenical formation programme the World Council of Churches offers alongside one of its major ecumenical events, after the initial GETI at the tenth Assembly 2013 in Busan, South Korea. The participation of young theologians from a variety of countries and church traditions sparked a fresh attention for new forms of experiential theological formation and engagement with the ecumenical movement. GETI 2018 seeks to perpetuate this positive experience, transmit the vibrancy and encourage young people to become ecumenically committed and conversant ambassadors in their local and regional contexts, as well as on the global level.
As an ecumenical theological education event, GETI 2018 is designed for approximately 120 advanced students in theology and related academic fields with an interest in gaining insights into the ecumenical movement’s current debates on understanding and practicing mission in various regions of the world.
GETI 2018 is engaging with the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism’s theme Moving in the Spirit: Called to Transforming Discipleship. The student participants will explore together on how the Gospel is translated into their different cultures and contexts, and on ways in which they feel called and moved by the Spirit to transform the world. The reflection thereon will be part of a blended study process, which will commence by an e-learning phase a couple of months prior to the event, allowing the student body to familiarize with each other, the purpose and subjects of the programme. This process will be pursued on-site in guided student groups, as well as through the engagement with the local context and the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism.
The venue of the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism and of GETI 2018, Arusha in Tanzania, lends itself for a first-hand experience in one of the most vibrant contexts of world Christianity. In this unique study environment GETI 2018 will offer opportunities for learning contemporary trends in ecumenism, for sharing experiences in a diverse student community and for celebrating the diverse contributions of young people to the ecumenical pilgrimage of justice and peace.
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