Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI) papers posted online by National Council of Churches

Washington, July 25, 2014 – Selected papers by students who immersed themselves in the Tenth Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, South Korea, have been posted online by the National Council of Churches.

The papers can be accessed at

Some 170 students from around the world participated in the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI), a WCC program to educate future Christian leaders in ecumenism.

With funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, the NCC along with eight U.S. seminaries, enabled the participation in GETI by 27 students and eight faculty members from North America and 25 students from the Global South, according to Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, NCC associate general secretary, Faith & Order and Interfaith Relations.

As part of the GETI experience, students were required to engage before, during, and after the assembly in academic work as part of their respective educational programs, Kireopoulos said.

“The NCC is proud to have partnered with academic institutions within some of our member churches and others in order to provide this opportunity for future church and ecumenical leaders,” Kireopoulos said. “And we are grateful to the Henry Luce Foundation, for seeing the promise in this project and enabling it to come to fruition.”

The U.S. partner seminaries were responsible for promoting and engaging seminaries and students in their regions. They were either specific seminaries or clusters of seminaries. They were: Boston Theological Union, Hartford Theological Seminary, Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Catholic Theological Union, McCormick Theological Seminary, Brite Divinity School (TCU), and Pacific School of Religion.


Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has been the leading force for shared ecumenical witness among Christians in the United States. The NCC's 37 member communions -- from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches -- include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.

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