Network of Institutions of Higher Ecumenical Theological Education (NIHETE)

Workgroup Information

Moderator

  • Rev. Dr Rudolf von Sinner – Professor of Systematic Theology, Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue, Faculdades EST, São Leopoldo/Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; Moderator of the WCC Commission on Ecumenical Education and Formation (EEF)
  • Dr Amelé Ekué – Professor of Ecumenical Ethics, Ecumenical Institute Bossey, Bogis-Bossey/VD, Switzerland, Programme Executive for Ecumenical Theological Education (ETE)

Description

The Network is an initiative of the EEF Commission in cooperation with ETE to foster connections, collaborations, sharing and encouragement between teachers of ecumenism across the globe. Initially, a number of experienced institutions were invited to be part of this network and met in Halle, Germany from 22 to 24 May, 2016. One of the outcomes was the creation of this workgroup to have a platform for interaction, presentation of the work developed in each of the institutions and sharing of materials. Initially a closed workgroup, it may in the future be extended to other persons and institutions.

Objectives

Through this workgroup, members should be able to know each other better and to share own resources and get to know other available resources for encouragement and enhancement of their work in the teaching of ecumenism.

Expected outcome/deliverables

The network is in the process of constituting itself and will work towards a more consistent framework and way of working together. Meetings are foreseen every two years. Through dialogue and sharing of materials, clarification is sought on:

  1. the concept and content of ecumenism and ecumenical teaching;
  2. the methodology of such teaching;
  3. the consequent curriculum development;
  4. the institutional framework for ecumenical teaching and research; and
  5. ways of enhancing the global networking to strengthen ecumenism.

Working methods/language(s)

Members may upload and download resources (texts, teaching materials, course syllabi and the like for ecumenism), propose forum discussions and post messages. The main language is English, but materials may be shared in other languages like German, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.

Participants

Are, initially, theological educators of institutions with experience in the teaching and practice of ecumenism around the globe that participated in the Halle Meeting in May, 2016.

Initially, this will be a restricted workgroup, dedicated to the institutions present at the Halle Meeting in 2016.

Time frame

The workgroup starts in July 2016 and will remain in function, initially, during the mandate of the EEF Commission, until 2020.

Submitter of the proposal

Rev. Dr Rudolf von Sinner – Professor of Systematic Theology, Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue, Faculdades EST, São Leopoldo/Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; Moderator of the WCC Commission on Ecumenical Education and Formation (EEF)