The South Pacific Association of Theological Schools (SPATS) comprising of 26 member institutions and based in Suva, Fiji Islands, joined the GlobeTheoLib (Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism) consortium as of July 2017. The agreement has been signed by the General Secretary, Revd Rusiate Tuidrakulu and endorsed at the last meeting of the Project Leadership. SPATS is the first institution representing the Pacific region in the international governing body of GlobeTheoLib. We're delighted to extend a warm welcome from the GlobeTheoLib family! Website SPATS: http://spatsfj.org/
Globethics.net is also a publisher, and among recent publications are the following titles relevant to those interested in theology, religious studies or religious ethics. All titles may be downloaded in PDF format free of charge or print copies can be ordered from the Globethics.net publications page: http://www.globethics.net/publications
Each volume in this series focuses on a current ethical issue with global relevance and usually has a single author.
Religion, Public Policy and Social Transformation in Southeast Asia: Religion, Identity and Gender, Vol. 2 (2017)
. Editor: Dicky Sofjan. ISBN 978-2-88931-201-6. Globethics.net Focus No. 44. Available onlilne: http://www.globethics.net/gel/11853087
This book focuses on the ethics, governance and performance of the decentralized territorial entities in Bukavu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). For nearly forty years, the different political regimes have tried to improve the living conditions of their populations through the implementation of decentralization, which allows the leaders of their leaders to be approached in the hope of triggering a large-scale local development process. The author argues that this theme is highly strategic for a "post-conflict" country, which aspires to consolidate political ethics, democracy and good governance.
Der Titel des Buches verspricht "Reichtum für Alle". Natürlich kann das nicht Superluxus für alle sein. Nein, das wäre unendliche Verschwendung, die in niemandes Interesse sein kann. Gemeint ist etwas Realistisches, nämlich eine halbwegs gerechte Teilhabe aller Menschen am unendlichen und unbeschreiblichen Reichtum dieser unserer gottgegebenen Welt. Alle, wirklich alle, können als Menschen in die Lage versetzt werden, ein selbstbestimmtes, menschenwürdiges Leben zu führen, können "durch Wohlstand zur Freiheit" gelangen. Die Grundvorstellung ist simpel: je mehr Menschen es gibt, umso mehr sind in der Lage, sich sinnvoll in ein sinnvolles Ganzes einzubringen. Sonnenenergie, Technologie und motivierte menschliche Arbeitskraft stehen in gigantischem Ausmaß zur Verfügung.
La recrudescence et l'omniprésence de cas de violence dans le monde invite à une réflexion théologique au sujet du problème de la construction de la paix dans un monde violent. Une réponse biblique s'avère indispensable. Le pacifisme caractérisé par la non-violence est un moyen efficace pour aboutir à la paix. Il est cohérent avec le message de l'Évangile et pertinent en ce qui a trait à la contribution que l'Église peut apporter dans son rôle de communauté appelée à construire la paix dans le monde. Ce livre développe la notion du pacifisme à partir de la lecture du passage de Romains 12,12-21.
Interfaith Dialogues in Indonesia and Beyond (2017)
. Leonard Chrysostomos Epafras (ed.). ISBN 978-2-88931-183-5. Globethics.net Focus No. 39. Available online: http://www.globethics.net/gel/10848898
Religious Studies in Indonesia as a fully-fledged discipline has a long precedence, at least since 1970s, but only found its momentum after the reformation of 1998. The establishment of CRCS (Centre for Religion and Cross-cultural Studies) in 2000, and the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) in 2006 marked a significant shift of the discipline. The two institutions provided Master and Doctoral program and researches on Religious Studies. In commemoration to the tenth anniversary of ICRS in 2016, eight alumni contributed part of their research project in the present volume, in order to provide a glimpse of the shift and issues addressed in the discipline at the present day Indonesia. One contribution from the Philippines emphasised further the dynamic of the studies in the region.
Publication of doctoral thesis on ethics from the South.
Struggles for Women-Inclusive Leadership in Toraja Church in Indonesia and the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (2017)
. Le Ngoc Bich Ly. ISBN 978-2-88931-210-8. Globethics.net Theses No. 25. Available online: http://www.globethics.net/gel/11811584
Traditionally, women in Vietnam have been seen as the sole nurturer and care-taker of the family. Similarly, recent reports show that both men and women in Vietnam expect women to behave in a socially constrained way. Women's struggle for leadership in religious organizations in Southeast Asia has been particularly characterized with various levels of accomplishment. This study takes the Toraja Church in Indonesia and the Evangelical Church of Vietnam as two cross-cultural case studies. As the main causes of change in the churches, the author discusses (1) the degree of destabilizing forces from external context and institutional structure; (2) the degree of support and identification with the struggle by male leaders; and (3) the dominant existence of women's feminist projects and their success in turning their feminist projects into collective effort.
China Christian Series
Publications from and with Globethics.net partners in China, in Chinese and/or English
Faith at Work. Directory of Christian Entrepreneurs and Workers (2017)
. Christoph Stückelberger / Vanessa Yuli Wang. ISBN 978-2-88931-207-8. Globethics.net China Christian No. 5. Available online: http://www.globethics.net/gel/11853088
How can faith be lived at work? How can ethical values be implemented in business? Believers in all religions are searching answers. In Christianity, Christian entrepreneurs and Christian workers encourage each other in associations by conferences, trainings, coaching, Bible studies, prayer, advocacy, philanthropy and publications. This Directory lists about 53 Associations of Christian Entrepreneurs and 17 Associations of Christian workers in order to get inspired and increase networking between them. The Geneva Agape Foundation is committed to strengthen faith at work by cooperating with such associations (www.gafoundation.world
China Ethics Series
Books on ethics with a special focus on China
Philanthropy in China: Report of Concepts, History, Drivers, Institutions (2017)
. Liu Baocheng / Zhang Mengsha. ISBN 978-2-88931-178-1. Globethics.net China Ethics No. 7. Available online: http://www.globethics.net/gel/10509209
Philanthropy in China is fast growing. A new, important charity law of China came into effect in 2016. This book is a comprehensive report about these developments: Philanthropy is considered the third form of wealth distribution (private means to public ends and communities) after market competition and taxation scheme. In individualistic and market-oriented societies, philanthropy is more established and relevant than in societies, where the state controls distribution. This book compares Chinese and Western concepts of philanthropy and analyzes the history, drivers, institutional environment, latest legal frame, donation patterns, the role of civil society, corporate giving and the media in Chinese philanthropy. The report serves as comprehensive overview for all actors in society in China and internationally who are dealing with philanthropy in China CEC Flash Series.
CEC Series (Conference of European Churches)
Edition CEC at Globethics.net
Beyond Prosperity? European Economic Governance as a Dialogue between Theology, Economics and Politics (2017)
. Editor: Peter Pavlovic. ISBN 978-2-88931-181-1. Globethics.net CEC No. 4. Available online: http://www.globethics.net/gel/11299076
The coexistence and mutual influence of politics and the economy is an everyday reality in modern societies. A Christian perspective on this relationship speaks to the inseparability of ethics and economy, and also to the necessity of dialogue between theology and politics. Engagement in these issues is an important public role and responsibility for churches and Christian theology. The public role of religion in Europe in this current context includes highlighting the core values of Christianity. Of special import in this regard are justice and freedom, how they are exercised in life, and a focus on other values that have undergirded the European project since its beginning. This text turns its attention to a robust theological discussion of these ideas and the challenges facing the flourishing of these values in Europe. It is a unique ecumenical, European contribution to the wider discussion on the complex intersection of theology, ethics, politics, and the economy.
The Globethics Reports are conference summary reports based on conferences that Globethics has organised and conferences that Globethics has attended, for which a summary has been necessary. The reports may include summaries as well as sophisticated recommendations and projects for action.
On 2nd March 2016, at the All African Conference of Churches (AACC) in Nairobi (Kenya), the African Planning Workshop was initiated as part of the African Churches Assets Programme (phase 1). The workshop was the first step in a comprehensive programme that aims to help leaders in church institutions (such as educational centres, health care services, seminaries, etc.) to build practical capacity in a climate of strong accountability and transparency in the management of assets and resources. This workshop was a result of cooperation between Globethics.net and the AACC, with the support of Bread for the World. This report is a detailed overview of the presentations, outcomes and follow up of the workshops that took place from 2nd–4th March 2016, that brought together over 25 auspicious leaders and individuals from various religious institutions.
Co-Publications & Other
Individual co-publications and other books: the following titles featured here are the result of cooperation between Globethics.net and partners
God is Everywhere, Reflections on Spiritual Passages through Sacred Spaces in Java (2017)
. Elis Z. Anis (Ed.)
This book is a collection of memories from the Interfaith Youth Pilgrimage (IYP) of participants and organizers. As readers will discover, the IYP participants were a diverse group from many faiths and beliefs who were enthusiastic to discuss how they understand and experience sacred spaces together while living in dialogue as individuals and as a group. The book concludes with the optimistic view that peaceful coexistence between faiths is not an unattainable dream.
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