PTS Reps Attend Global Ecumenical Theological Institute 2018 in Tanzania

Three students and one alumna will join World Mission Initiative Director Hunter Farrell in Arusha, Tanzania, March 4-14, 2018, for the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute.

“The experience of traveling to Tanzania (home of the world’s largest Lutheran church) and reading and reflecting theologically and missiologically together with 116 other young theologians from 74 countries and a group of 20 academic facilitators from across the globe will change the way you understand Christian faith and the Church and its mission,” wrote Farrell in an e-mail to the travelers.

Accepted through an application process, Pittsburgh Seminary has more participants at GETI than any other school. Students Christopher Graham, Felix Rivera-Merced, and Jerrell Williams will join alumna April Roebuck at the conference. Seminarians can also earn credit after completing an independent study upon their return.

Through the World Council of Churches’ Commission on World Mission and Evangelism, GETI occurs every 10 years and is a global ecumenical short-term study and exposure program. Students work in small groups with academic facilities to explore together how the Gospel is translated into different cultures and contexts and ways in which they feel called and moved by the Spirit to transform the world. This year’s facilitators include WMI Director Hunter Farrell and Joas Adiprasetya, PTS visiting scholar and dean of public relations and lecturer in constructive theology at Jakarta Theological Seminary in Indonesia.