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The Global Ecumenical Theological Institute - A forum for theological debate and dialog between generations


During the period from the 25th of October to 9th of November 2013, in Seoul and Busan, South Korea, a program for training young theologians has been carried out under the project of The Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI). This article intends to present that important program of ecumenical theological training and the main conclusions of the lectures supported by outstanding figures of the ecumenical movement. The experience of those two weeks of dialog pointed out the need of theological education conducted in a dialogical and ecumenical manner. GETI was an open space for discussion where no one was put in the situation to give up his own identity or opinion, but had the chance to present himself, to be better understood and to contribute to the development of the ecumenical dialog.

The main conclusions of the lectures supported during the program were: the general involvement in ecumenical movement must amplify; the ecumenical movement needs a new generation of leaders and this is the reason why it is imperative to include the ecumenical movement in theological schools curriculum; it is necessary to maintain balance between global and local ecumenism; relations between ecumenical organizations/structures needs to be strengthen.

Keywords: GETI, ecumenical movement, dialog, identity