Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI)
The Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI) 2022 took place in two phases—online and residential—under the theme “Christ’s Love (Re)moves Borders.” GETI 2022 was the third such global ecumenical formation programme the WCC has offered alongside one of its major ecumenical events, after the initial GETI at the 10th Assembly 2013 in Busan, South Korea, and the 2018 GETI in accompaniment of the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism in Arusha, Tanzania.
The participation of emerging theologians from a variety of countries and church traditions has sparked fresh attention to experiential theological formation and engagement within the ecumenical movement. GETI 2022 seeked to build on previous experience to transmit the vibrancy of theological reflection, and to encourage young people to engage ecumenically in local, regional and global contexts as conversant ambassadors.
GETI 2022 was an ecumenical theological education event that will draw about 200 young and emerging ecumenical theologians and educators from a broad spectrum of Christian traditions and all eight regions of the WCC to engage with one another on critical themes of our time. The online phase was from 25 July to 20 August 2022. The residential phase took place at the BWGV Akademiehotel in Karlsruhe, Germany, 28 August – 9 September 2022 in the context of the WCC 11th Assembly. Students admitted to the Bossey Ecumenical Institute for the academic year 2022-23 automatically joined the programme.
The two phases of GETI plenary reflection on the theme “Christ’s Love (Re)moves Borders” led into further exploration the following six themes:
- Healing Memories: Remembering and Transforming Past and Present Wounds at the Border (Historic-Theological Track)
- Kairos for Creation: Transcending Boundaries of Anthropocentrism to Affirm the Whole Community of Life (Eco-theological Track)
- Witness from the Margins: Connecting with, and Holding Space for those at the Border (Practical-Diaconal Track)
- Engaging with Plurality: Dialoguing with Communities Across Borders (Intercultural-Interreligious Track)
- Body Politics: Body, Health and Healing; Uprooting Systems that Degrade Bodies at the Border (Just Relations Track)
- 4th Industrial Revolution & AI: Human Identity in the Context of Global Digitisation (special plenary)
The programme included a public lecture entitled GETI Goes Public! On Wednesday 7 September 2022, to which an additional 100 guests from academic institutions in Germany were invited.