Global Ecumenical Theological Institute 2018 (GETI 2018)

Workgroup Information

Dr Amelé Ekué – Professor of Ecumenical Ethics, Ecumenical Institute Bossey, Bogis-Bossey/VD, Switzerland, Programme Executive for Ecumenical Theological Education (ETE)
Marietta Ruhland – Project assistant for Ecumenical Theological Education (ETE)
The Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI) 2018 is the World Council of Churches' global ecumenical short-term study and exposure programme in accompaniment of the World Mission Conference in March 2018 in Arusha, Tanzania.
As ecumenical theological education event, GETI 2018 is designed for approximately 120 advanced students in theology and related academic fields with an interest in gaining insights into the ecumenical movement's current debates on understanding and practicing mission in various regions of the world. The student community will be hosted by the Faculty of Theology of the Tumaini University Makumira, a short distance away from the conference venue, outside Arusha.
GETI 2018 is engaging with the World Mission Conference's theme Moving in the Spirit: Called to Transforming Discipleship. The student participants will explore together on how the Gospel is translated into their different cultures and contexts, and on ways in which they feel called and moved by the Spirit to transform the world. The reflection thereon will be part of a blended study process, which will commence by an e-learning phase a couple of months prior to the event, allowing the student body to familiarise with each other, the purpose and subjects of the programme. This process will be pursued on-site in guided student groups, as well as through the engagement with the local context and the World Mission Conference.
Initially a restricted workgroup for GETI 2018 participants, it may in the future be extended to other persons as appropriate and corresponding with the longevity of WCC' GETI formation programme.
The World Council of Churches pursues with GETI 2018 the goal to enhance an intentional ecumenical formation on global level and in accompaniment of its major ecumenical events.
The World Mission Conference in Arusha, Tanzania, will offer a unique opportunity for an academic, spiritual and contextual engagement with a key thematic area in the ecumenical movement. The study programme also aims at contributing to the diversity of ecumenical formation offers and to enhance an international collaboration between leading theological institutions thereon.
Working Methods/Languages:
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.
Expected outcome and impact
The following outcome and impact is expected:
a) Having contributed to the access to resources relevant to the study programme of GETI 2018
b) Having enabled participants in GETI 2018 to engage with each other and the study programme of GETI 2018
c) Having made available a platform for sharing documents produced by participants in GETI 2018
d) Having contributed to ecumenical formation with particular attention to missiological topics in various regions of the world
Admitted students and facilitators of the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute 2018 in Arusha, Tanzania.
Access policy:
Initially, this will be a restricted workgroup, dedicated to the facilitators of GETI 2018 for a testing period between April and September 2017; the access will be enlarged to the admitted GETI 2018 students in upon their admission, latest in September 2017.
Time frame:
The workgroup starts as of 1 April 2017 and will remain in function initially until 31 December 2018 with the possibility of an extension beyond this date. The workgroup will include the following milestones:
a) Test period with GETI 2018 facilitators group, April – September 2017
b) E-learning period GETI 2018 with admitted GETI 2018 students
c) On-site GETI 2018 study period 5-13 March 2018
d) Post-GETI 2018 engagement period