GlobeTheoLib 2018 - Trends, Challenges and Developments
The GlobeTheoLib Consortium, the international governing body of the Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism, a joint project of Globethics.net and the World Council of Churches (WCC), gathered in Geneva from 13-14 April 2018. During the meeting representatives of 15 world Christian communions, theological education institutions, networks and libraries discussed and exchanged views on new developments, trends and projects in theological education, digital librarianship serving theological education and ecumenical studies and reviewed its strategy and budget plans. Participants also heard
testimonies and shared insights from the major ecumenical gatherings taking place just prior to the Consortium meeting, the Global Ecumenical Institute (GETI) 2018 and the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism in Arusha, Tanzania.
The meeting was particularly enriched through a public lecture, followed by a panel discussion of representatives of WCC, the Lutheran World Federation and other Consortium members, jointly organized with WCC in observance of its 70th anniversary. The public lecture was delivered by Prof. Dr Rudolf von Sinner, Professor for Systematic Theology, Ecumenism and Inter-religious Dialogue, on Friday 13 April 2018 on ‘Theological Education in the Context of Global Christianity: Current Trends and Challenges in Ecumenism and Theological Education in Today's World'.
The participants also discussed new strategic options for developing and sustaining the digital library in the future. One of the options recommended by the Consortium members present (7 in favour, and 3 abstentions) was to explore ways of integrating the GlobeTheoLib Consortium into the structure of the new Globethics Consortium on Ethics in Higher Education. Globethics.net
management is now asked to develop a new strategy plan aiming at providing a space, activities and services particularly designed for Theological Higher Education Institutions and their networks within the Globethics Consortium on Ethics in Higher Education in consultation with the GlobeTheoLib members. There was a clear commitment among those present to continue providing the digital library on theology and ecumenism as an important resource that should be promoted more.
It is planned to implement this new structure possibly by the end of 2018, or Spring 2019.