Rev. Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dietrich Werner
It is the aim of this project to collaborate on research for a solid and current self-description of all major Asian Church families and traditions in order to present a coherent picture contributing to emerging Asian Christianity. The Anthology would be made available to Asian theological institutions and churches (primarily member churches of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) , the Federation of Asian Catholic Bishops Conferences ( FABC and the Asian Evangelical Alliance ( AEA), networks of scholarly researchers in theological institutions. Asian Christianity has come of age and needs to have an authentic self-representation and a broadened base of knowledge to spread information about its own various facets, national traditions, rapid processes of change, its indigenous forms and its crucial contribution to social transformation and political development.
The idea is to produce this knowledge resource, based on a solid collection of surveyed articles and essays which will be brought together both in a solid publication (to be co-published possibly by Regnum Books International, Oxford as well as Christian World Imprints, New Delhi, India), as well as possibly in a digital web-resource to be facilitated by Globethics.net (Asian Christianity collection).
Working processes would be carried out in a collaborative process between CCA, Bread for the World and major associations of theological schools in Asia. A core group of editors is in the process of being identified. In addition a group of advisors will be asked to provide additional input and advice on finding the most competent contributors to the volume.
Time frame and implementation
- Until end 2017: conceptualizing working plan and provisional table of content; identifying authors;
- By May 2018: developing terms of reference for articles and general guidelines; style sheet for authors; standard letters to work with (authors request and commitment form etc.)
- Mid-2018: starting correspondences and authors request letters in an agreed and centrally coordinated process;
- Mid 2018 to end 2018: collecting research papers and contributions on the list of topics as planned and finalised earlier
- Spring 2019 to summer 2019: Editorial work on manuscripts
- Autumn 2019: production period for the Anthology.