The Foundation for Theological Education in Southeast Asia

 

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Philadelphia, PA 19118

 
 


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PROGRAM COMMITTEE CONSULTS WITH PARTNER REPRESENTATIVES

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The FTESEA Program Committee held a consultation in Hong Kong from April 24 to 27, 2016 with partner representatives: the Association for Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA), China Christian Council (CCC) and Nanjing Union Theological Seminary (NJUTS), and Ecumenical Theological Education of the World Council of Churches (WCC/ETE). The goal of the meeting was to discuss their respective programs, identify strategic priorities, and articulate ways of implementing these priorities in collaborative, collegial, and networked ways in the next three to five years.

FTESEA-ATESEA VISITS TO THE ATESEA 12 CENTERS FOR THEOLOGICAL EXCELLENCE

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Grounded in their common vision of developing theological scholars in Asia, FTESEA and ATESEA (Association for Theological Education in South East Asia) will work together in strengthening the Doctor of Theology degree program under the ATESEA Theological Union (ATU) formerly the South East Asia Graduate School of Theology (SEAGST).

As part of this collaborative process, FTESEA and ATESEA agreed to organize visits to the 12 Centers for Theological Excellence (CTE) from July 7-11, 2014. Six representatives from FTESEA and six from ATESEA will form six two-person teams, one each from FTESEA and ATESEA, to visit the Centers.

Each team will be assigned to visit two centers scattered all over Southeast Asia. They will engage in dialogue with the representatives of the CTE for the purpose of familiarizing themselves with the ATU Doctor of Theology ( D.Theol) program at each center.

From the conversations with the representatives at the centers, the teams hope to gather data or create a profile of the ATU Centers and D.Theol program, including the uniqueness of each of the centers, their mission/vision, and the resources that they can offer to support the D.Theol program. The data will provide the basis for deepening the relationship between FTESEA and ATESEA in order to strengthen their collaborative efforts that will enhance and improve ATESEA's institutional and academic programs. The visits will also strengthen partnership between Asian and North American theological educators.

The teams are composed of the following:

FTESEA representatives

  • Dr J. Dorcas Gordon, Principal, and Associate Professor of Biblical Interpretation and Preaching, Knox College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Dr. Wonhee Anne Joh, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois, USA - [Unable to attend; replaced by H.S. Wilson]
  • Dr Jeffrey Kuan, President and Professor of Hebrew Bible, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California, USA
  • Dr. Kwok Pui Lan, Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • Dr. Lester Edwin Ruiz, Director, Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation, and Secretary of the Board of Commissioners, The Association of Theological Schools | The Commission on Accrediting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Dr. Sze-kar Wan, Professor of New Testament, Perkins School of Theology Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA

ATESEA representatives

  • Dr. Noriel Capulong, Head of Biblical Studies Dept., Divinity School, Silliman University, Dumaguete City, Philippines
  • Dr. Kapi Ching, Vice President, Yu-Shan Theological College and Seminary, Taiwan
  • Dr. Simon Chow, President, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Shatin, N.T. Hong Kong
  • Dr. Tan Kim Huat, Academic Dean and Chen Su Lan Professor of New Testament, Trinity Theological Seminary, Singapore
  • Dr. Samuel Ngun Ling, President, Myanmar Institute of Theology, Seminary Hill, Insein, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Dr. Kung Lap Yan, Professor of Christian Ethics, Director of the Centre for Quality-Life Education, Coordinator of the M.Theol and D.Theol Program, Divinity School of Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

 

The 12 Centers for Theological Excellence of ATESEA Theological Union are

1. Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (Silang, Cavite, Philippines)

2. Divinity School of Chung Chi College (Hong Kong)

3. Divinity School of Silliman University (Dumaguete City, Philippines)

4. Duta Wacana Christian University (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

5. Lutheran Theological Seminary (Hong Kong)

6. Myanmar Institute of Theology (Insein, Myanmar)

7. Sabah Theological Seminary (Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia)

8. Satya Wacana Christian University (Salatiga, Indonesia)

9. Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Jakarta (Jakarta, Indonesia)

10. Seminari Teoloji Malaysia (Seremban, Malaysia)

11. Tainan Theological College and Seminary (Tainan, Taiwan)

12. Trinity Theological College (Singapore)


ASIAN FORUM ON THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION CONSULTATION, JANUARY 2014

The Asian Forum on Theological Education (AFTE), under the auspices of FTESEA and ETEWCC, planned a meeting on “Mutual Recognition for Theological Degrees in Asia” to invite leaders from the ecumenical associations of theological seminaries (ATESEA, Senate of Serampore College), evangelical churches (Asia Theological Association, ATA) and Pentecostal churches (Asia Pacific Theological Association, APTA) to discuss their common concerns on theological education in Asia at Manila from January 9-11, 2014.

The meeting held at Manila is a small concrete step to follow up the joint consultation on “Re-visioning and Reshaping Theological Education in the Contemporary World” hosted by WOCATI and AFTE in Torch Trinity Graduate University last July (2013), and the two previous organizational meetings of AFTE (at Trinity Theological Seminary, Singapore,June, 2011, and Amanat Agung Theological Seminary in Jakarta, August 2012). The Manila meeting was convened by Dr. Huang Po Ho, the moderator of AFTE with full participation from Dr. H.S. Wilson, the executive director of FTESEA and Dr. Lester Ruiz of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (also representing FTESEA as its executive committee member). Dr. Dietrich Werner from ETEWCC though was not able to join the meeting fully participated in a significant session through Skype facility . The leaders from the four associations are: Dr. Ngoei Foong Ngian (chair, ATESEA), Dr. Limuel Equina (Executive director, ATESEA), Dr. Santanu Patro (Senate of Serampore), Dr. Takanori Kobayashi (chair, ATA), Dr. Joseph Shao (executive director, ATA) and Dr. Alex Fuentes (Executive director, APTA).

The meeting was though short and informal, has created a forum with fraternal atmosphere, and drew serious concerns and interest to all participants. A historic decision was reached to work in alliance in theological education in Asia. A “Common Commitment” was issued to encourage mutuality and cooperation in theological education in Asia. The success of the meeting owes much its appreciation to both FTESEA and ETEWCC for supports and encouragements.

Huang Po Ho
Moderator, AFTE

Common Commitment document

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CONSULTATION OF ASIAN AND ASIAN AMERICAN THEOLOGICAL EDUCATORS

The FTESEA held a consultation of Asian and Asian American theological educators in Chicago from September 13-14, 2013 to talk about partnership and collaboration with Asian colleagues and theological institutions in Asia.
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FTESEA PAYS TRIBUTE TO BISHOP K. H. Ting (1915-2012)



75th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

A celebration commemorating 75 years since the FTESEA was founded was held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on September 29, 2012. Click here to view an historical presentation .


DELEGATION OF CCC/TSPM THEOLOGICAL EDUCATORS VISITS NORTH AMERICA

At the invitation of FTESEA, a delegation of CCC/TSPM theological educators visited North America from April 11-22, 2012. They visited seminaries and met with theological educators in San Francisco, New York, and Toronto, with additional stops at Princeton Theological Seminary, Drew Theological School in New Jersey.
Photos from the visit

 

CONFERENCE ON ECUMENICAL PARTNERSHIP IN THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION AND THEOLOGICAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS – Needs and Future Priorities for World Christianity

Proceedings of a consultation on this subject held in Hamburg, April 24-26, 2012 are available.

 

JOINT GLOBAL RESEARCH PROJECT ON THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN WORLD CHRISTIANITY: 2011-2012

FTESEA partner, the WCC-ETE, invites participation in this project:

You are invited to participate in a major new global research project on the state of theological education—current trends, ongoing challenges, and expectations for the future.

•  The project is designed to gather data and perspectives on all forms of theological education in every Christian tradition from all parts of the world.

•  Everyone interested in education for ministry or laity and preparation for research and teaching in theology is invited to participate by completing the survey.

•  Empirical data will also be collected from all individual institutions of theological education and all associations of theological schools.

To do to the survey please click on

https://www.research.net/s/globalsurveyontheologicaleducation

Data can be entered from 1st of October 2011 onwards. Please take these 15 minutes to contribute to a global survey on theological education!

The project is designed and supported by the following institutions. Please feel free to contact any of us with questions or suggestions.

 

Center for the Study of Global Christianity

Ecumenical Theological Education

The Institute for Cross-Cultural Theological Education

Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

World Council of Churches

McCormick Theological Seminary

Dr. Todd Johnson

tjohnson@gordonconwell.edu

Dr. Dietrich Werner

Dietrich.Werner@wcc-coe.org

Dr. David Esterline

desterline@mccormick.edu

 

A complete description of the project can be found at ETE website under: [http://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/documents/wcc-programmes/education-and-ecumenical-formation/ecumenical-theological-education-ete/wcc-programme-on-ecumenical-theological-education/global-theological-education-survey-2011-2012.html]

 

MS. WANG JIAWEI TO PARTICIPATE IN AACC CONFERENCE AT NAIROBI

The Foundation for Theological Education in South East Asia will sponsor Ms. Wang Jiawei, a faculty member at Nanjing Union Theological Seminary, to attend the All Africa Conference of Churches Third Theological Institute. This is an effort to enrich theological reflection and strengthen the friendship between the Church in China and the churches in Africa. Sixty-five young theologians, including fifteen from outside Africa, will participate in the Third Theological Institute organized by AACC in December 2011 on the theme "Africa towards Peace, Justice and Dignity." From Asia, in addition to Ms. Wang Jiawei, two younger faculty members from South East Asia selected by ATESEA and supported by FTESEA are expected to participate in the AACC institute.

FTE TRUSTEE RHEA WHITEHEAD

The FTESEA mourns the passing of trustee Rhea Whitehead on the evening of June 14, 2011. We have been informed that Rhea who has been suffering from cancer died peacefully in her home.
Rhea Whitehead's life journey of global church involvement includes urban industrial ministries in Hong Kong, serving as Asia Pacific Area Executive for the Anglican and United Churches of Canada, General Secretary of the Division of World Outreach, and, in retirement, as teacher of feminist theologies and contemporary mission issues in theological seminaries in the Philippines and China, as well as being a Board member of the FTESEA.

Tributes to Rhea Whitehead from FTESEA Board members

 

BIBLE MINISTRY EXHIBITION

 

The Bible Ministry Exhibition of the Protestant Church in China will take place September - November 2011 in Washington, DC, Chicago, Dallas, and Charlotte.

For more information see the Bible Ministry Exhibition web site

 

DR.. KAH-JIN JEFFREY KUAN INSTALLED AS DEAN AT DREW

FTESEA Trustee Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan was installed as first Asian American dean of a United Methodist theological seminary on April 8, 2011. See: http://www.drew.edu/news/2011/04/12/drew-theological-school-installs-new-dean

LOIS KOYAMA

We were saddened to learn that Mrs. Lois Koyama, wife of the late Kosuke Koyama, former ATESEA Executive Director and Trustee of FTESEA, passed away April 13. She was 83. We remember the bereaved family in our prayers. Please click here for tributes to Mrs. Koyama from FTESEA Board members and partners.

FTESEA VIDEO

In preparation for the FTESEA's 75th Anniversary celebration, a video of interviews with Board members and Executive Director H.S. Wilson has been created. Click on the monitor icon to view the video full screen.:

NEW HISTORY OF THE FTESEA AVAILABLE

A new history of the FTESEA is now available: Supporting Asian Christianity’s transition from mission to church : a history of the Foundation for Theological Education in South East Asia edited by Samuel C. Pearson. (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., c2010). See the Eerdman's catalog for more information.

NEW LOGO FOR FTESEA SOUGHT

The Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Theological Education in South East Asia (FTESEA) is calling for proposals for a logo for FTESEA and would like to encourage interested individuals or groups to submit their proposals not later than March 15, 2011. The logo selected by the Board of Trustees will be awarded a prize of US$500.

The FTESEA is a foundation that has been supporting theological education in China and South East Asia since 1937. The logo should reflect the Mission, Vision and Priority for the ministry of FTESEA as noted on its website: www.ftesea.org The names and links to the web sites of the partners and some information about the ministry of FTESEA are also found in the FTESEA website.

The following themes should be reflected in the logo:
Christian ministry
Theological Education in China and South East Asia
Partnership in theological education between theological institutions and educators in Asia and North America

Timeline:
The proposal for the logo, an e-copy and a hard (paper) copy, should reach the Executive Director by March 15, 2011 at the following address:

Dr. H.S. Wilson
140 West Highland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118

FTE BOARD MEETING HELD IN PHILADELPHIA

The 2010 annual meeting of the FTESEA Board of Trustees was held at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia on October 4-5, 2010. The Trustees were joined by FTE partners Rev. Dr. Chen Yilu (CCC-NJUTS), Rev. Dr. Lin Manhong (NJUTS), Rev. Dr. Limuel Equina (ATESEA) and Rev, Dr. Dietrich Werner (ETE-WCC).

During the opening reception, Dr. Philip Krey, President of LTSP, released a new book documenting the history of FTE: SUPPORTING ASIAN CHRISTIANITY'S TRANSITION FROM MISSION TO CHURCH, A History of the Foundation for Theological Education in South East Asia. Samuel C. Pearson, Editor (Eerdmans, 2010).

Rev. Dr. Dietrich Werner, coordinator of Ecumenical Theological Education for the World Council of Churches, presented a public lecture entitled "Theological Education in the changing context of World Christianity - an unfinished agenda: Global and ecumenical perspectives from the Edinburgh 2010 process and beyond" The text of his lecture is available online.

The Board has elected the following new Board of Trustees as from Jan 1, 2011 and we welcome them to the FTE fellowship:

Dr. James Vijayakumar (UCC/Disciples)
Ms. Rebecca Asedillio (United Methodist)
Mr. Andrew Yamamoto (RCA)
Dr. Jeffrey Kuan (member at large)

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75th ANNIVERSARY OF FTESEA TO BE CELEBRATED IN 2012

At its 2009 annual meeting, the FTESEA Board of Trustees began planning for the celebration of FTESEA's 75th anniversary in 2012. The Board has requested FTESEA partners Nanjing Union Theological Seminary, China Christian Council, ATESEA, ETE/WCC and Ecumenical Institute Bossey to organize seminars to reflect on their partnership with FTESEA in the past several decades. A concluding consultation and celebration will be held in USA in 2012 to reflect on the findings of consultations/seminars organized by the FTESEA partners and plan future partnership engagements in theological education in China and South East Asia.

It was also suggested the FTESEA prepare a Memorial book with photographs and brief write ups on selected significant accomplishments to be highlighted as part of the celebration.

We would like to invite all the FTESEA community members to extend their cooperation in all the above suggested programs. Please send photographs, write ups and suggestions to the Executive Director Dr. H.S. Wilson to make the reflection and celebration a learning and motivating experience for all concerned.

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LIBRARIAN TRAINING FUNDS AVAILABLE

Librarian training is an important priority for the Foundation for Theological Education in South East Asia. At its 2009 annual meeting, the FTESEA voted to set aside $5,000 each year for support of scholarships and training workshops for individuals working at theological libraries in China and South East Asia.

Applicants for scholarship and workshop funds should be associated with one of the CCC related seminaries or ATESEA member schools. Scholarship funds will be granted with the proviso that the individual agrees to continue working at his/her home institution for at least two years following completion of the supported course(s). To apply for scholarship support, the individual's sponsoring institution should contact Dr. H.S. Wilson, Executive Director of the FTESEA, to obtain a grant request form (ftewilson@gmail.com). As funds permit, the FTESEA will also provide support for archives and library workshops, with preference given to events that are collaborative across regions and institutions. The librarian training programs and workshops supported by this initiative must take place in Asia.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. H.S. Wilson or Martha Smalley, chair of the FTESEA Library Development Task Group (martha.smalley@yale.edu).

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BOOK EDITED BY DR. MARVIN D. HOFF

The following book edited by Honorary Trustee Marvin D. Hoff has recently been published:

Chinese Theological Education: 1979 to 2006. Hoff, Marvin D. (ed). Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2009. (hardcover). $49.00.

Marvin D. Hoff, the former Executive Director of the Foundation for Theological Education in South East Asia, has recently published Chinese Theological Education: 1979 to 2006.

The book offers insight into the emergence of the Christian church after Mao's Cultural Revolution. While reports of Communist oppression have dominated American perceptions of church and state in China, this is an increasingly dangerous view as China changes. Dr. Marvin D. Hoff, as executive director for the Foundation for Theological Education in Southeast Asia, traveled at least annually to China for the period covered by this book. The original reports of his encounters with Chinese Christians, especially those involved in theological education, are a historic record of the church's growth-and growing freedom. Interspersed with Hoff's account are reports and essays by Chinese and other Asian Christians. Introductory essays are provided by Charles W. Forman of Yale Divinity School, Daniel H. Bays of Calvin College and Donald J. Bruggink of Western Theological Seminary.

The book can be ordered from: Dr. Marvin D. Hoff, 21236 Barth Pond Lane, Crest Hill, IL 60403. The cost is $25 prepaid with an additional $6 for mailing costs to the USA.

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Now available:

BOOK BY REV. DR. AIMING WANG

Church in China: Faith, Ethics, Structure
The Heritage of the Reformation for the Future of the Church in China

Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 590 pp.
European University Studies: Series 23, Theology. Vol. 890
ISBN 978-3-03911-814-4 pb.

Click here for an order form.

Aiming Wang is Dean and Vice President of the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary and Vice Director of the Committee of Theological Education of the China Christian Council. In 2008, he received his doctoral degree in Systematic Theology/Ethics at the University of Basel, Switzerland and his doctor honoris causafrom the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

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HONORARY TRUSTEE KOSUKE KOYAMA

 

 

 

The FTESEA mourns the passing of Honorary Trustee Kosuke Koyama.

For details, please see the press release from Union Theological Seminary.

Please click here for tributes to Prof. Koyama from FTESEA Board members and partners.

Prof. Koyama was a pioneer Asian theologian. During his decades of ministry as theological educator and ecumenical leader Koyama mentored and inspired a large number of students, ministers, theologians and theological educators all over the globe. His legacy will continue through them and many others who have benefited from his writings and lectures.

H.S. Wilson
Executive Director. FTESEA

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LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT TASK GROUP NEWS

During March 2009, Vice-Chair Martha Smalley visited Nanjing Union Theological Seminary and East China Seminary, and attended the Forum of Asian Theological Librarians consultation held at Trinity Theological College, Singapore. She visited the library at the new campus of NJUTS, which is expected to be in full operation by the end of March, and talked about the library program with Librarian Rev. Wang Peng and Vice President Gao Ying. In Shangai, she talked with Rev. Bao Jia Yuan about a possible librarian training workshop in China and visited the library of East China Seminary.

The Forum of Asian Theological Librarians consultation was attended by over forty librarians, who came from China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand, as well as representatives from library associations in the U.S. U.K., Australia, and Europe. There were workshops on Library Automation, Web Design, and Digital Librarianship led by ForATL members. Martha presented a workshop on Archives Management.

See photos in the Photo section.

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APPEAL FOR BOOKS TO THEOLOGICAL SCHOOLS OF FTESEA PARTNERS

September 10, 2008

Greetings to all the well wishers of FTESEA. Here is a request from the Executive Committee Task Group on Library Development.

Recognizing the need to strengthen library collections at theological schools of FTESEA partners, the FTESEA requests donations of theological books and periodicals from faculty members and pastors in North America (retired or in service), which could be shipped to seminaries of FTESEA partners via the Theological Book Network's "Designated shipment" program:
http://www.theologicalbooknetwork.org/designated.htm.

We would like to ask you to share this information through your network with those who are likely to be interested in sending their used books to libraries in China and South East Asia theological seminaries.

Please contact Executive Direction H. S. Wilson for more information: ftewilson@gmail.com

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