The Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism (GlobeTheoLib) which was launched in September 2011 as a joint project of the Ecumenical Theological Education program of the World Council of Churches and Globethics.net, with the support of a Consortium Committee including the World Methodist Council, have released their 2012-2015 Strategy guide.
GlobeTheoLib aims to address strategically the challenge of a more balanced theological knowledge transfer between churches and institutions of theological education in the North and South, East and West, and to provide a common platform for existing digital resources and theological libraries in the world.
Former WMC Geneva Secretary Bishop Heinrich Bolleter played an important role in the preparatory work for GlobeTheoLib, and Dr David Field of the Methodist e-Academy based in Basel has represented the WMC at the meetings of the GlobeTheoLib Consortium Committee.
The organization’s objectives, which are formulated in a way that expresses what Globethics.net aims to accomplish by 2015, are as follows:
- To remains faithful to its Vision, Mission and Values and stands for continuity and reliability in its convictions; Continues with the three areas of activities, 1) Libraries, 2) Network, and 3) Research. It adds 4) Projects in order to implement concrete steps of value-based behavior and action;
- Enlarges the library content from ethics to theology, Islam and philosophy;
- Strengthens and expands the network of registered participants and their interaction, with a focus on academic teachers and students, educators, young future leaders and decision-makers in the
- private, public, religious and non-governmental sector; Supports joint international research projects and enlarges the topics business ethics, interreligious ethics and responsible leadership by the additional topics health ethics and environmental ethics;
- Develops selected implementing projects especially in the field of business ethics with the Global Ethics Forum and publications;
- Remains a lean, transparent non-profit foundation with a credible, competent international Board, an increased number of regional programs, a strong emphasis on cooperation and networking with manifold partners on all continents and the self-understanding of an inclusive service especially for people in developing and emerging countries.
GlobeTheoLib has also announced the launch the Global Directory of Theological Education with over 7,000 institutions from all over the world included in the fully searchable online directory.
To find out more about the directory, please visit this site.
Another development has been the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI), a major event planned for young theologians during the World Council of Churches’ 10th Assembly in Korea from 25 October to 9 November 2013. GETI is being prepared and supported by the Ecumenical Theological Education Program of the World Council of Churches (ETE) in cooperation with Bossey Ecumenical Institute and a network of partnering theological colleges and associations of theological schools in both Korea and the regions.
GlobeTheoLib accompanies the GETI project by offering its digital working space. More information is available here.