n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Viability and ecumenical perspectives for theological education in Africa : legacy and new beginnings in Ecumenical Theological Education/World Council of Churches

Volume 38, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Strengthening of institutions of theological education and quality improvement in theological education in Africa is one of the key mandates of the Program on Ecumenical Theological Education (ETE) in the World Council of Churches. This program originated in Africa as its predecessors Theological Education Fund (TEF) were formed during the Ghana Assembly of the International Missionary Council in Accra 1958. The program had important African theologians in leadership positions like Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Prof. John Pobee (Ghana) and Dr. Nyambura Njoroge (Kenya). There were several important initiatives from ETE (or formerly PTE) program to identify crucial areas of a new strategy for enhancing theological education in Africa as a vital tool for overall social development, holistic mission and deepened theological dialogue. Under the theme "Renewal out of Africa" an important African Consultation on the Viability of Ecumenical Theological Formation was held at the Moffat Mission, Kuruman, South Africa from 1-6 August 1995. In 2002 another important consultation "A Journey of Hope for Africa - Conference on Theological Education and Ecumenical Formation" was held at the Lutheran Conference Centre in Kempton Park in South Africa from 17-22 September 2002. In the new Post Maputo working period of the AACC a new and fresh initiative is being developed to give prominence to reformulate a common agenda for the future of theological education in Africa. The article is recalling some key aspects of the history and some of the new challenges of WCC's involvement into accompanying and strengthening theological education in Africa.

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