A Handbook of Theological Education in World Christianity, released at the Edinburgh 2010 conference, provides "a world-class resource for all of us who feel a need for continuing ecumenical formation", says the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.
The handbook brings together more than 90 expert contributions on recent developments, challenges and trends in Christian theological education. It also contains regional surveys of ecumenical and denominational trends and models in theological education conducted on all continents.
The handbook includes a service section which lists the internet addresses of associations of theological schools, digital resources for theological research and education and a new international directory of theological schools: http://oikoumene.org/theological-schools-directory
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu wrote, in one of the three forewords to the book, that with this publication “a new stage has been reached in the important history of ecumenical cooperation and learning in the area of theological education."
He continues: "The Handbook provides a very important resource and world survey which should enable regional associations of theological schools, mission boards and church leaders in Christianity to become aware again of the crucial importance of theological education for the renewal of the church’s mission and service.”
WCC president the Rev Dr Ofelia Ortega wrote that the handbook opened "new paths in theological education", and Professor Robert J. Schreiter of the Catholic Theological Union in his foreword calls it a "vital resource" for the training of future church leadership.
The book was produced in the framework of the international Edinburgh 2010 study group on theological education under the leadership of the Ecumenical Theological Education programme of WCC.
Its first copy was presented to the Rev Dr Walter Altmann, moderator of the WCC Central Committee at the book launch in Edinburgh on 6 June 2010.
More information on the WCC Ecumenical Theological Education programme can be found here: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/programmes/education-and-ecumenical-formatio...
See also the Edinburgh 2010 study group on theological education: http://www.edinburgh2010.org/?id=4801