Conversation with the officials of FTESEA ecumenical colleagues in North America and Globethics in Switzerland - May 14, 2021
|On May 14, 2021
the FTESEA Executive Committee met by Zoom with ecumenical colleagues
representing sister organizations in North America and Switzerland: Dr.
Christine Hong (the Asian and Asian North American Theological
Educators), Dr. Lester Ruiz (the Association for Theological Schools in
USA and Canada), Dr. Wonsuk Ma (the Global Forum of Theological
Educators), Mr. Andreas Waldvogel (Globethics), Dr. Kwok Pui (the
Pacific, Asian and North American Asian Women in theology and
ministry), Dr. Tat-Siong Benny Liew and Dr. Monica Melanchthon
(the Society of Asian Biblical Studies). The conversation began with a
brief presentation on the FTESEA process of reviewing its ministry and
mission to which our colleagues responded in relation to the respective
programs of their organizations. The focus then turned to the
impact of pandemic and the challenges it has raised for the immediate
future. Our conversation concluded with suggestions as to what our
North American and Globethics colleagues see and hope for in their
continued programmatic relationship with FTESEA in promotion of
transformative theological education in North America and Asia.
Conversation with the officials of FTESEA ecumenical colleagues in Asia - May 12/13, 2021
|On May 12, 2021
the FTESEA Executive Committee met by Zoom with ecumenical colleagues
representing sister organizations in Asia: Dr. Po Ho Huang (Asian Forum
for Theological Movements)), Dr. Lal Tin Hre (the Association for
Theological Education in Myanmar), Rev. Hsiu Yin Chan (the Asian
Women's Resource Center), Rev. Arnel Faller and Hilda Putong (the Forum
of Asian Theological Librarians), Rev. Lenta Simbolon (the Association
of Theological Schools in Indonesia), Wati Longchar (Program on
Theology and Cultures in Asia) Dr. Limatula Longchar (South Asia
Theological Research Institute of the Senate of Serampore College), Dr.
Wai Ching Wong and Dr. Hope Antone (United Board for Christian Higher
Education). The conversation began with a brief presentation on the
FTESEA process of reviewing its ministry and mission to which our
colleagues responded in terms of their own ministries. The focus
then turned to the impact of pandemic and the challenges it has raised
for the immediate future. Our conversation concluded with suggestions
as to what our Asian colleagues see and hope for in their continued
relationship with FTESEA as together we seek to promote theological
education that strengthens the ministries of Christian
communities in Asia.
South Pacific Association of Theological Schools (SPATS) Accreditation Follow-up Workshop, February 11, 2021
Accreditation Follow-up Workshop was held at the SPATS Secretariat
Board room in Nasese, Fiji. Participants from the following
colleges/seminaries took part in the workshop: 1. Davuilevu Theological
College 2. Pacific Regional Seminary 3. Pacific Theological College 4.
Methodist Deaconess Training Centre 5. St John the Baptist Theological
College 6. Methodist Lay Training Center.
The workshop was partly supported by FTESEA grant.
Conversation with the representatives of FTESEA ecumenical associates, February 22, 2021
|On February 22,
2021 the FTESEA Executive Committee members had a Zoom meeting with the
representatives of its ecumenical associates: Dr. Wen Ge, Mr. Job Zhou
(Nanjing Union Theological Seminary), Dr. Manhong Lin (China Christian
Council), Dr. Tan Kim Haut and Dr. Limuel Equina (ATESEA), Dr. Ioan
Sauca and Dr. Kuzipa Nalwamba (WCC). The conversation focused on the
following: the vision our associates have for their ministries in
coming three to five years and their expectations for how FTESEA might
accompany them in that process. Other areas of conversation important
to FTESEA’s visioning process included their feedback on FTESEA
increasing focus on actively initiating and engaging in consultations
for the mutual benefit of theological education in Asia and the Pacific.
Opening Ceremony of the Institute of Myanmar Graduate Studies
ceremony of the Institute of Myanmar Graduate Studies took place via
Zoom on January 4, 2021 at Yangon. FTESEA Board President Dorcas Gordon
delivered the sermon (click here for text)
and H.S. Wilson brought greetings on behalf of FTESEA. IMGS, the first
consortium in ATESEA to offer a PhD degree program, includes three
institutions: Myanmar Institute of Theology, Karen Baptist Theological
Seminary, and Kachin Theological College and Seminary. Click here see the text of Dr. Wilson's greetings.
2020 PERSETIA Librarian Training of Trainers (ToT)
|The 2020 PERSETIA
Librarian Training of Trainers (ToT) took place on 12-18 September with
the support of FTESEA. The theme was "Information Literacy." This
program was attended by 56 participants from member schools and
prospective members of PERSETIA (Association of Theological Schools in
Indonesia) with 2 classes, namely the Basic Class and the Advance
Class. Resource persons included the following:
Dhama Gustiar Baskoro, M.Pd. (Librarian of Pelita Harapan University
Chandra Pratama, M.LIS (Librarian of Christian University of Petra,
Yanni Karina, S.Hum. (Pelita Harapan University, Jakarta)
Hilda V. Putong, M.P. (Librarian of STFT Jakarta)
Workshop on Tribal Theology, Yangon
|A workshop on
rediscovering tribal heritage was held in Yangon January 21-23, 2020,
organized by the Association for Theological Education in Myanmar and
partly supported by a grant from FTESEA.
Yangon workshop participants
Pedagogical Workshop for Theological Teachers,
|In January 2020,
H.S. Wilson participated in the "Pedagogical Workshop for Theological
Teachers" for faculty members assisting in doctoral program of the
Senate of Serampore College. Insights from this workshop will be shared
at the forthcoming FTESEA consultation on “Critical Assessment of
faculty training/formation in the changing context of Asia and the
Pacific” in Jakarta, Indonesia in October 2020 by Dr. Limatula
|Seated fourth from
left is Dr. Limatula Longkumar, Dean of Department of Research of the
Senate of Serampore College.
ATESEA Visit to Tedim Christian College, Yangon
|Dr. Limuel Equina
and Dr. H.S. Wilson paid a visit to Tedim Christian College in Yangon
on Dec 18, 2019 and met with the faculty. TTC has applied for
membership in ATESEA.
Second row fourth from left is Dr. Limuel Equina, Executive Director of
ATESEA and next to him, fifth from left second row is Rev. Dr. Rev.
Nang Sawm Piang, Principal of Tedim Christian College.
Global Digital Theological Library
|The 18 seminaries
that co-fund the Digital
Theological Library have
been concerned about the lack of affordable options for internet access
to high quality digital content in religious studies.
In order to address this great need, the board of the DTL funded the
creation of a Global Digital
The GLDTL has worked very aggressively with a number of "vendors and
publishers of good will" to provide legal access to a wide range of
information click here.
Meeting with China Christian Council candidates
attending the WCC Ecumenical Institute
Bossey Graduate program 2019-2020 and CCC representative in the WCC EEF
|On the occasion of
the meeting of the WCC commission on Education and Ecumenical Formation
(EEF) at the Ecumenical Institute Bossey (Geneva) from October 28
to November 1, 2019, H.S. Wilson met with two Chinese candidates Ms.
Xue Jing (lecturer from Northeast Seminary), Ms Liu Jin (CCC Overseas
Relations Department) attending the Boassey graduate program and Rev.
Dr.Ge Wen, Associate General Secretary of China Christian Council and
lecturer of Systematic Theology at NJUTS (EEF commission member) .
Festschrift for H. S.
Wilson Presented at Annual Meeting, October 2019
FTESEA Board Vice-Chair Dorcas Gordon provided the following statement
related to the Festschrift presented to Executive Director H.S.
Wilson at the annual meeting:
It was with delight
that the members of the FTESEA Board participated in the launch of the
Festschrift to honour the Reverend Doctor Henry Wilson. The
volume entitled, Ministerial
Challenges in Contemporary World: Towards a Transformative Theological
is a fitting tribute to Henry’s (H.S) lifelong vocation, committed to
enhancing and empowering theological education in Asia and
beyond. This book, which begins with a description of H.S.’s
life, includes a section on theological education in the contemporary
context with insights from the standpoint of the United States, Canada,
Germany and South Africa, and most particularly the Asia context. A
second section, addressing Ministerial and Missiological
Challenges in the Changing Context, is a rich anthology, gathering
together a variety of perspectives with the effect of creating a
smorgasbord of insights that are valuable generally, but even more
particularly to theological educators within the Asian context.
We are indebted to Limuel Equina and Wati Longchar for their
dedication in bringing this work to completion.
Annual FTESEA Board Meeting at Claremont School of
Theology, October 18-19, 2019
|The Board elected
Dr. Dorcas Gordon (Toronto School of Theology) as chair, Dr. David
Esterline (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) as vice-chair and Dr.
Lester Ruiz (Association of Theological Schools) as Secretary for the
year 2020. The Partner representatives from Nanjing Union Theological
Seminary, China Christian Council, Association for Theological
Education in Southeast Asia, Ecumenical Theological Education of WCC
and the WCC Ecumenical Institute Bossey were present for the meeting.
ATESEA Teacher's Academy for Faculty Members Teaching
Liturgy and Music, September 23-27, 2019
Teacher's Academy for faculty members teaching liturgy and music in its
member seminaries took place at McGilvary College of Divinity, Payap
University, Chiang Mai, Thailand from September 23-27, 2019.
Thirty-five faculty members and resource persons took part in the
ATEM Workshop on
Administration and Management, September 18-20, 2019
for Theological Education in Myanmar (ATEM) organized a workshop on
Administration and Management for a select number of principals,
faculty of ATEM member seminaries and general secretaries from
supporting churches from September 18 to 20, 2019 at Yangon. The
workshop was supported by FTESEA.
Asian Christian Leadership and Theological Education
Conference, Yangon, August 7-9, 2019
for Thon leadershipeological Education in Myanmar (ATEM), with the
Barnabas Fund of Oxford, UK, held a consultation in
theological education in Asia and Myanmar from August 7 to 9, 2019 at
Yangon. Besides local theological educators, the following
international resource persons who have been associated with ATEM were
invited to make presentations on leadership at this conference: Dr.
Patrick Sookhedo (International Executive Director of Barnabas Fund,
Oxford, UK), Archbishop Michael Jackson (Dublin, Ireland), Dr. Joshva
Raja John (Co-Dean, Oxford Center for Religion and Public Life), Dr.
Wati Longchar (Consultant for Theological Education, International
Ministries of American Baptist Churches), and Dr. H.S. Wilson
(Executive Director of FTESEA).
|Dr. Lal, Tin Hre,
Executive Director of ATEM, shared information on the formation of the
Institute of Myanmar Graduate Studies (IMGS) a consortium of Myanmar
Institute of Theology, Karen and Kachin Theological Seminaries for
offering doctoral studies in theology in Myanmar and the Mekong region
in collaboration with ATEM. Besides ATESEA, FTESEA, The Oxford Center
for Religion and Public Life and the Barnabas Fund will provide needed
resources for developing library and other resource facilities.
|At the occasion of
the conference the newly built Research and Administrative Center of
ATEM, facilitated by the Barnabas Fund, was inaugurated by the
International Executive Director of Barnabas Fund, Dr. Patrick
Institute for Advanced Study in
Asian Cultures and Theologies (IASACT) Conference, July 3-7, 2019
|At the beginning
of July the Executive Director and the Vice-Chair of FTESEA attended
the Academic Conference and 15th Anniversary Celebration of the
Institute for Advanced Study in Asian Cultures and Theologies (IASACT).
Co-organized by United Board and the Divinity School of Chung Chi
College, the three-day conference took place between July 3-7, 2019 at
the Chinese University of Hong Kong, with the theme on ‘Re-imagining
Hospitality and Spirituality in Asia.’
It was a time for reflection, evaluation as well as exploration of
innovative future-oriented ideas. Fifty two IASACT alumni, eleven
mentors and members of the Advisory Committee were in attendance. In
addition, the founder of IASACT, Professor David Suh, was present
together with representatives of various professional theological
associations, including FTESEA.
An additional feature of this event was a Gala dinner to celebrate
United Board’s 100th anniversary. The photo below is of the
100th anniversary dinner.
ATU Methodology Seminar at Jakarta Theological
Seminary, July 22-27, 2019
students from theological schools in Indonesia, Hong Kong, Philippines,
and Myanmar attended the 2019 ATU Methodology Seminar at Jakarta
Theological Seminary, July 22-27, 2019. Seven resource persons led
seminar sessions and worked closely with students as they offered
presentations on their research and dissertations. Students attending
this fifth annual seminar offered and received invaluable feedback
throughout the week, and left the meeting feeling encouraged and
energized in their work. FTESEA Board members Dr. Mary Foskett and Dr.
Lester Ruiz assisted in the methodology seminar as resource persons.
|Seminar group at
Jakarta Theological Seminary
|Photo at the
group's private audience with the Imam of Nahdlatul Ulama, the largest
Muslim organization in Indonesia, centered in Jakarta, and his
Seminar on Proposed Consortium for Graduate Studies,
Yangon, July 15, 2019
Institute of Theology, Karen Theological Seminary, and Kachin
Theological Seminary, with the support of ATEM (Association for
Theological Education in Myanmar), have decided to form a consortium
named the Institute of Myanmar Graduate School (IMGS), for offering
doctoral studies in theology. The following three theological educators
from outside Myanmar, were invited as resource persons for the
seminar on administrative structure that was held in Yangon: Dr. Wati
Longchar (Regional Consultant for Theological Education in Asia of
International Ministries of American Baptist Churches, 6th from left),
Dr. H.S. Wilson (FTESEA, 7th from left) and Dr. Limuel Equina (ATESEA,
8th from left). The seminar was financially supported by FTESEA. IMGS
is the first consortium for doctoral studies among ATESEA member
Theological Educators Conference in Hong Kong, June 22-25, 2019
|Dr. Kwok Pui Lan
(front row, fifth from the left), Rev. Xu Yulan, Vice Chairwoman of the
TSPM (front row sixth from the left), Dr. Han-leun Kantzer Komline
(third row second from left).
This conference was organized by FTESEA, facilitated by Dr. Kwok Pui
Lan former FTESEA Board member and Vice-Chair. FTESEA Board member Dr.
Han-leun Kantzer Komline also participated in the conference.
Global Forum of Theological Educators, May 20-24, 2019
FTESEA Board members Dr. David Esterline (chair of the Executive
Committee of GFTE), Dr. Lester Ruiz (member of the planning committee
of GFTE) and H.S. Wilson participated in the second gathering of the
Global Forum of Theological Educators at Orthodox Theological Academy
of Crete, Greece from May 20 to 24, 2019. FTESEA was one of the
sponsors of the Forum, which had the theme "Vision and Viability in
Contexts: Theological Learning and Formation."
Report of FTESEA-PTCA Consultation Published
The Report of the FTESEA-PTCA consultation held at Sabah Theological
Seminary Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia from September 12-16, 2018 on theme
"Diversity of Theological Education in Asia" was released in April 2019.
Training Program in Dhaka, March 28-20, 2019
The Interfaith Theological Training on “Building Power: Impacting the
World Together” was held in March, 2019 at the CCDB HOPE Center, Dhaka.
FTESEA partially funded this training program arranged by the National
Council of Churches in Bangladesh (NCCB) to enable participation of
theological educators in Bangladesh.
Conference of Myanmar theological librarians, May
|ATESEA organized a
conference of Myanmar theological librarians at Lisu Theological
Seminary from May 1-4, 2019. At the conclusion of the conference the
participating librarians decided to form a Myanmar Association of
Theological Librarians for networking and resource sharing.
Visit with new China Christian Council president
|Dr. Jeffrey Kuan,
Dr. Dorcas Gordon, Dr. Peter Ng, and H.S. Wilson paid a visit to newly
elected CCC President Rev. Wu Wei to update him about the programs of
FTESEA. Dr. Kuan congratulated Rev. Wu on behalf of FTESEA.
Visit to Nanjing Union Theological Seminary
|Dr. Dorcas Gordon,
Dr. Peter Ng and H.S. Wilson paid a visit to NJUTS in March. Besides
its ongoing programs, NJUTS will begin offering doctoral degree studies
in New Testament from the current academic year enrolling three
ATESEA Board meeting at Central Philippines University
(Chair), Dorcas Gordon (Vice Chair) and H.S. Wilson (Executive
Director) of FTESEA participated in the meeting of ATESEA Board of
Trustees at Central Philippines University. Iloilo on March 29, 2019,
and had an opportunity to meet with nine librarians of ATESEA members
seminaries undergoing their masters training in library science and
information at CPU along with their mentor.
Asia Pacific Forum Meeting in Los Angeles
from left in the front row is Rev. Shen Xuebin,
Associate General Secretary, CCC and fourth from left in the front row
is Rev. Dr. Manhong Lin, Associate General Secretary of CCC and the
Dean of Nanjing Union Theological Seminary
H.S. Wilson took part in the Asia Pacific Forum meeting at the
Conference Center of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angles from April 9
to 11, 2019 to share with the APF members about the FTESEA consultation
on “Critical Assessment of faculty training/formation in the changing
context of Asia and the Pacific” in October 2020 in Jakarta and also
meet with the visiting China Christian Council delegates.
ATESEA Faculty Members Participate in 10th Asian
Lutheran International Conference
left to right: Rev. Jusni Herlina Saragih (Jakarta Theological
Seminary), Ms. Milanie Arandela (Silliman University) and Ms. Naw
Tser Gay Moo (Divinity School of Chung Chi College), and Dr. H.S. Wilson
facilitated participation in the 10th Asian Lutheran International
Conference in Udon Thani, Thailand, January 23-30 for three ATESEA
seminary faculty members who are doing doctoral studies.
Meeting with PERSETIA (Association of Theological
Schools in Indonesia)
Wilson with the PERSETIA Board. Sitting first from right is Rev. Dr.
Yusak B. Setyawan, Chair, and standing second from right is Rev. Lenta
Simbolon, Executive Director of PERSETIA
Director H.S. Wilson met with PERSETIA Board members on Dec 1, 2018 at
Jakarta Theological Seminary to discuss the possibility of PERSETIA
assisting in local arrangements for a proposed FTESEA consultation on
networking for graduate theological education in Asia and the Pacific,
to be held in October 2020, followed by the FTESEA annual Board
CWM Pacific and East Asia Theological Education
consultation / Visit to SPATS
October 23-25, 2018, Dr. David Esterline and Dr. H.S. Wilson
participated in the Pacific and East Asia Theological Education
consultation at Nadi, Fiji, which was sponsored by the Council for
World Mission (CWM).. The theme of the consultation was: "A Vision for
the Time" (Hab 2:3). The consultation focused on climate change and
interfaith relations in Oceania. East Asia participants came from
Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea.
the consultation, Dr. Esterline and Dr. Wilson met with South Pacific
Association of Theological Schools (SPATS) General Secretary Rev
Rusiate Tuidrakulu and his colleagues at their office in Suva and met
with the Principal of Pacific Theological College, Rev. Dr. Uili
Feleterika Nokise and a few of the faculty members. PTC was established
in 1965 for "Serving the people of American Samoa, the Cook Islands,
Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji & Rotuma, French Polynesia,
Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Marshall Islands, Papua New
Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and
West-Papua." Dr. Esterline taught at PTC and served as Dean in
1990s. PTC is the only theological college in the Pacific that
offers a doctoral program, Ph.D. accredited by the Fiji Higher
Education Commission. The visit was part of the exploration of FTESEA
to facilitate a network of graduate level theological seminaries in
Asia and the Pacific.
Trinity Theological College, Singapore
celebrated its 70th Anniversary on October 5, 2018
left Dr. Limuel Equina, Dr. Foong Nghian Ngoei, Principal of TTC and
Dr. H.S. Wilson
the past seventy years Trinity Theological College has emerged as a
premier theological institute in Asia and has been providing
ministerial training for Christian leaders around Asia. In the recent
years it has trained a number of faculty members from countries in the
Mekong region, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and seminaries of the
China Christian Council.
In his message addressed to the
Principal Rev. Dr. Foong Nghian Ngoei, FTESEA chair Dr. Jeffrey Kuan,
alumnus of TTC noted that, “The Board of Trustees of FTESEA joins me in
congratulating TTC for its significant achievements in the last 70
years. Today, TTC has become a premier theological institution in Asia,
with a sterling faculty and facilities to continue to train pastors and
theological educators for Singapore and other parts of Asia. FTESEA has
enjoyed a strong partnership with TTC through ATESEA. When ATESEA
needed an institution to help manage its financial resources (including
the grants from FTESEA), TTC stepped in. This has given FTESEA the
confidence that the annual grants we provide ATESEA are well managed.
More directly, FTESEA has also been a partner with TTC as the
institution grew. We thank God for this partnership.”
University to offer doctoral program in Christian Education in
collaboration with ATESEA
Left: Dr. Earl Jude Paul L Cleope (Vice President), Rev. Magnolia Nova
Mendoza, Dr. Limuel Equina,
Cernol-McCann (President), Dr. H.S. Wilson and Dr. Victor
Limuel Equina, the ATESEA Executive
Director and Dr. H.S. Wilson visited Silliman University on October 3,
2018 to discuss with the leadership of the university and the school of
theology the plans for their new initiative in commencing a doctoral
program in Christian Education as the area of priority. The
curriculum will be interdisciplinary, with experts from the following
member schools providing support and instruction: Chung Chi Divinity
School, Duta Wacana Christian University, McGilvary Divinity College of
Payap University, Sabah Theological Seminary and Trinity Theological
FTESEA Board meeting at Pittsburgh Theological
Seminary, October 12-13, 2018
International Consultation :
‘Education for Transformation-Challenges and Prospects for Formation
and Reformation’ August 21-23, 2018
Bicentenary of Serampore College
(1818-2018) and Centenary of The Senate of Serampore College (1918 -
Director H. S. Wilson and Board member Lester Ruiz participated in the
international consultation that marked the bicentennial of Serampore
See the News
page for excerpts from their presentations.
Program for Theology and Cultures in Asia (PTCA) and FTESEA joint
consultation on “Revisioning Innovative and Transformative Theological
Education in Asia in the Context of Proliferation and Quest for New
Forms of Education/Formation,” was hosted by Sabah Theological
Seminary, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia from September 12-16, 2018.
news release from the consultation in the News
Seminar on Christian Response to Religious Plurality" held 3-6
September at the Conference Center of the Myanmar Council of Churches,
Yangon was attended by 35 participants. The seminar
was organized by the Association for Theological Education in
Myanmar and supported by FTESEA..
CPE-CEb Program at Aglipay Central Theological
clergy and seminarians from Aglipay Central Theological Seminary,
Ecumenical Theological Seminary, and St. Andrew's Seminary who took
part in the CPE program at Aglipay Central Theological Seminary. The
program is being supported by FTESEA for a period of three years.
Consultation in Jakarta
8th Forum of Asian Theological Librarians (ForATL) Workshop and
Consultation was held at Jakarta Theological Seminary, Indonesia from
May 21 to 25, 2018 partially supported by FTESEA.
and resource persons at the consultation.
Panel on "Conversation with partner organizations"
left Ms. Maria Stanton (American Theological Libraries Association),
Limuel Equina (ATESEA), Siong Ng (Australian and New Zealand
Theological Libraries Association) and H.S.Wilson (FTESEA).
Canon Peter Ng Receives Honorary Doctorate
Trustees member Canon Peter Ng
received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the Church
Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA at the Commencement on
Friday May 18, 2018.
From left: Rev. Dr. Donald White, Chair, CDSP Board of Trustees, Peter
Ng, the Very Rev. Mark Richardson, President and Dean, CDSP, and Rev.
Dr. Fray Toy, presenter of Peter Ng. Photo courtesy of Fr Bruce
Woodcock, Asia Pacific Partnership Officer, The Episcopal Church US
Myanmar Theological Eduction Workshop and
Executive Director H. S. Wilson participated
in the Myanmar Theological Education Workshop and Retreat as a
facilitator at Kalaw from April 23 to 28, 2018. 27 younger faculty
members participated in the workshop and shared their research
projects. The workshop was sponsored by United Board for Higher
Christian Education in Asia through Chung Chi College of Divinity, Hong
GlobeTheoLib Consortium Meeting
Executive Director H. S. Wilson and
Martha Smalley attended the GTL consortium meeting on April 13-14, 2018
and Dr. Wilson was
asked to respond to the public lecture organized by GTL and
WCC deliverd by Dr. Rudolf von Sinner on the theme “Theological
Education in the Context of Global Christianity.”
Visit to Taiwan Theological Seminary and
College and Yushan Theological Seminary
Executive Director H. S. Wilson visited Taiwan Theological Seminary and
College and Yushan Theological Seminary and College as a member of
ATESEA accreditation team from December 10 to 15, 2017.
right is Rev. Dr. Shang-Jen Chen, President of Taiwan Theological
right is Rev. Dr. Pusin Tali, Principal of Yushan Theological Seminary
to Honor Dr. Frank Yamada
|An event held in
the recent AAR annual meeting in Boston honored
Frank Yamada on his appointment as the executive director of the
Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada (ATS).
event on November 17, 2017 was sponsored by The Association
Asian / North American Theological Educators, Association of
Theological Schools, Foundation for Theological Education in Southeast
Asia, Center for Pacific Asian American Ministries at Claremont School
of Theology, Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity.
panel discussion on the future of Asian North American featured
contributions by Faustino Cruz (Dean of Fordham University Graduate
School of Religious Education), Grace Yia-Hei Kao (Associate Professor
of Ethics, Claremont School of Theology), Boyung Lee (Senior
Vice-President of Academic Affairs & Dean, Iliff School of
Theology), and James S. Lee (President, International Theological
Seminary) with a response by Frank Yamada.
Wilson Awarded the Degree of Doctor of Divinity by Serampore
An event on
November 17, 2017, organized by AANATE
in conjunction with the AAR annual meeting in Boston honored former
FTESEA Board member Frank Yamada on his appointment as the executive
director of the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and
HS Wilson with John Sadananda, Master of Serampore College
At the 90th
Convocation of Serampore University on 7th
December, 2017 at Lutheran Theology College & Research
Rev. Henry Steward Wilson (known as HS
among his friends), the
Director of the FTESEA, has been awarded the Degree of Doctor of
Divinity (Honaris Causa) in
his outstanding scholarship
in the field
of history of Christianity, missiology and ecumenism, and his
leadership in promoting theological education. He is instrumental in
relationship among different accrediting bodies in SE Asia, China,
HS received his
Master degree from Princeton and Doctorate
from Drew University, USA. After his studies
in 1977, he served at UTC, Bangaluru and later became the Director of
of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College from 1980
and in 1989, he became the founding director of South Asia Theological
Institute (SATHRI) of the Serampore University. In
1989, he was invited by the World Alliance
of Reformed Churches, Geneva to be its Executive Secretary of the
Theology . From
1998 to 2003, HS served
as Associate Professor of World Mission and Director for the Centre for
Theologies at the Wartburg Theological Seminary; and from 2003 to 2006
Professor of Mission and Cultures and Director of Multicultural Mission
Resource Centre of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He
written more than 100 articles, 4 books and edited 17 monographs.
Workshops in Myanmar
Association for Theological Education in Myanmar (ATEM) organized two
workshops during 2017 on "Teaching and Research Methodology" with
special emphasis on indigenous theologies, and curriculum revision.
FTESEA provided financial support for the workshops. Dr. Wati Longchar,
Professor at Yushan Theological Seminary and College, Taiwan conducted
the workshops with the support of local leadership.
Theological College, in collaboration with Tahan Theological College,
24-26 August 2017
from Feb 12-14, 2017
Trustees Visit to China
Board of Trustees visited China from October 30 to November 3. It
held its 2017 annual meeting at Nanjing Union Theological Seminary and
visited the national CCC/TSPM office and East China
Seminary in Shanghai. It is the first time that the FTESEA
met in China, in its 80th year of service.
China Theological Seminary on October 30, 2017
Fourth from left is Rev. Bingguo Xie, President of East China
Board visited Nanjing Theological Seminary on November 2, 2017.
Attendees are shown after a worship service in the chapel led by Dr.
Manhong Lin, faculty, and students. Fourth from left in the front row
is Rev. Dr. Chen Yilu, Vice President of NJUTS.
Board visited the CCC/TSPM office in Shanghai on October 31.
Fourth from left in the front row is Rev. Shan Weixiang, Vice
President of China Christian Council.
re-visited the CCC/TSPM office on November 3
for a debriefing on its China visit. Seated
fourth from left is Rev. Dr. Gao Feng, President of Nanjing
Theological Seminary and the President of the China Christian Council.
was expressed to Rebecca Assedilo and Joseph Kaung for their services
to FTESEA, on the completion of their terms on the Board.
Visits related to digital library proposal
|In September 2017 Dr. Limuel Equina,
Executive Director of ATESEA, and Dr. H.S. Wilson visited
Duta Wacana Christian University, Jakarta Theological Seminary and
Theological College of Lanka to share with them the FTESEA proposal of
developing theological digital library and to seek their
in Duta Wacana
Christian University, Indonesia
From left: (first)
Haleluya Hutabarat, Theological Librarian, (fourth) Dr. Paulus Widjaja,
Faculty of Theology, (fifth) Dr. Limuel Equina and (sixth) Dr. H.S.
From Left: Dr.H.S.
Wilson, Ms. Hilda Putong Head Librarian and Dr. Limuel Equina
From left: Dr.
Jayasiri Peiris, Principal, Dr. H.S. Wilson, Dr.Liz Vuadi Vibila and
ATESEA Board of Trustees meeting
July 25, 2017
Executive Director H.S. Wilson and FTESEA Board Chair Kua-Jin Jeffrey
Kuan participated in the first meeting of the Board of Trustees of
ATESEA, which was elected at the ATESEA Assembly in March 2017.
Visits to Nanjing and Shenyang
Northeast China Theological Seminary. From left: Ms. Alicia,
graduate student, Ms. Zaho Jing, Administration Director of Liaoning
Christian Council, H.S. Wilson, Elder Shi Aijun, Acting President, Rev.
Wang Jingli, Dean and Mr. Song Liang, Administration
Visit to Faculty of Religious Studies of
Asia-Pacific International University at Muak Lek, Thailand,
a member of ATESEA, April 21, 2017
to right: Dr. Alfredo Agustin (Dean, Faculty of Religious Studies,
APIU) Dr. H.S. Wilson, Dr. Limuel Equiña,
Rantung (President, APIU) and Mr. T. Ryan Keough (VP for University
Consultation on Ecumenical Theological and
Contextual Theologies in Asia, Bangkok - April 17-20, 2017
consultation was convened by the Ecumenical Theological
Education program of the World Council of Churches in cooperation
ATESEA, BTESSC, NJUTS and CCC and supported by FTESEA.
second from right, Dr. Amele Ekue, WCC Program on Ecumenical
Theological Education; third from right, Dr. Rungruen Santatanan,
Vice-President of Church of Christ in Thailand who welcomed
the gathering on behalf of CCT.
on Women’s Mentoring at
Bangkok from 20-22 April 2017
first from left, Dr. Esther Mombo, Co-Moderator of WCC-EEF Commission
and seated fifth from right, Dr. Amele Ekue WCC Program Executive
Ecumenical Theological Education
FTESEA Trustee Canon Peter Ng retires from
Episcopal Church position
of Trustees member Canon Peter Ng was recently honored upon his
retirement as Partnership Officer for Asia and Pacific of the Episcopal
Church. See photos of his retirement celebration below.
Canon Ng will continue to represent the Episcopal Church on
the FTESEA Board.
2017 ATESEA General Assembly held at
Central Philippines University, March 20-22
of Trustees elected at the 2017 General Assembly.
row (left to right): Dr. Limuel Equina (Executive Director), Dr. Joas
Adiprasetya (Treasurer), Dr. Chananporn Jaisaodee (Associate
Treasurer), Dr. Tan Kim Huat (Chairperson), Dr. Judy Berinai (Member),
Dr. Maria Regina Adolfina Pada (Member), Dr. Meng Hun Goh (Member).
Second row (left to right):
Dr. Samuel Ngun Ling (Member), Dr. Jeaneth Faller (Secretary), Dr.
Simon Chow (Vice Chairperson).
participants from eight countries participated in the 2017 General
Assembly of ATESEA from March 20-22, 2017. The General Assembly closed
with the launching of its 60th anniversary, celebrating six decades of
ministry towards quality theological education.
Visit to STT Abdi Sabda Theological Seminary,
Director Dr. H.S. Wilson visited STT
Abdi Sabda Theological Seminary in Medan, Indonesia on Feb 7, 2017. At
present the seminary has 16 faculty members and 600 students pursuing
Bachelor of Christian Education,
Bachelor of Theology and Master of Theology degrees.
Faculty at STT Abdi Sabda Theological Seminary. Third from left is
Principal Jon Renis Saragih.
Delegation of Re-Visioning Reformation in Asia
Conference at Medan, Indonesia
supported the participation of three faculty members selected by ATESEA
in the conference Re-Visioning Reformation in Asia at Medan, Indonesia
from Feb 1-7, 2017. 130 members from Asia and overseas participated in
this international conference.
left to right: Dr. Chananporn Jaisaodee (McGivlary College of Divinity,
Chiang Mai, Thailand), Dr. H.S. Wilson (FTESEA), Dr. Naw Myatt Hsu Mon
(Holy Cross Theological College, Yangon, Myanmar) and Ms. Hellen Bok
(Lutheran Theological Seminary, Hong Kong at present doing her doctoral
studies at LTS)
Delegation of Chinese theological
educators visits India
following four young Chinese theological educators visited India and
had an exposure program to formal and non-formal theological education
institutions and programs in Bangalore from December 12-16,2016. The
facilitated by FTESEA and the Executive Director Dr. H.S. Wilson
accompanied them. The Board of Theological Education of Senate of
Serampore College prepared the program and hosted the delegates.
Rev. Liu Xiaolu, Dean of Heilongjiang Seminary in
Harbin, Heilongjiang Province,
Rev. Wang Jingli, Vice Dean of Northeast
Theological Seminary in Shenyang, Liaoning Province,
Ms. Zhou Yongjiang, Lecturer at East China
Theological Seminary in Shanghai, and
Ms. Sun Yan, Lecturer at Shandong Seminary in
Jinan, Shandong Province.
to United Theological College
left: Rev. Wang Jingli, Rev. Liu Xialolu, Rev. Dr. H.S. Wilson, Rev.
Dr. John Samuel Raj (Principal, United Theological College), Rev. Dr.
Santanu Patro (Registrar, Senate of Serampore College), Ms. Zhou
Yongjiang and Ms Sun Yan.
with officials of Bible Society of India. Fifth from left is Rev. Dr.
Mani Chacko, General Secretary of Bible Society of India
with Dean Dr. Havilah Dharamraj (third from left) of South Asia
Institute of Advanced Christian Studies.
with Rev. David Selvaraj (fourth from left), Founder/Executive Trustee
of a non-formal Academy of Peace and Justice
with Sr. Anne Teresa (forth from left), Senior Registrar of the
National Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Center of the Catholic
Bishops Conference of India.
Delegates with Dr. Akkai Padmashali
an organisation that aims to
create awareness about sexuality, sexual diversity and the right to
choose one’s sexual orientation, and her colleague.
with Mr. Inbaraj Jeyakumar (first from left on row two)
General Secretary of Student Christian Movement of India and his
colleagues including fraternal delegates from Hungary and Italy
(seventh and eighth from left on row two)
dinner with Rev. Dr. Mohan Larbeer (fifth from left) Secretary of Board
of Theological Education
of Senate of Serampore College.
Visit to Laos
H.S. Wilson, accompanied by Dr. Chuleephan Srisunthorn (Professor at
McGilvary College of Divinity and member of Board of Trustees of
ATESEA), visited the Lao Evangelical Church on December 4-5, 2016 to
learn about their training program for pastors, locally
organized by LAC, in view of possible FTESEA support. Laos does not
have a theological seminary. The church conducts non-formal theological
education and sends some of the clergy for further training at
seminaries in Thailand and Hong Kong, member seminaries of
with leaders of Lao Evangelical Church at their church headquarters in
Vientiane, capital of Laos: Dr. H.S. Wilson (second from left), Rev.
Dr. Khamphone Kounthapanya,Executive President of LEC (third from left)
Rev. Dr. Chuleephan Srisunthorn from Thailand (fifth from left)
H.S. Wilson and Dr. Chullephan Srisunthorn with women clergy of Lao
ATESEA Board of Trustees Meeting
of the Board of Trustees of ATESEA met at Chiang Mai, Thailand on
2-3, 2016.. At the meeting plans were finalized for the ATESEA Assembly
(that meets once in four years) from March 21 to 23, 2017 at Central
Philippines University, Ilo Ilo. Dr. Jeffrey Kuan and H.S. Wilson will
represent FTESEA at the Assembly.
of the Board of Trustees of ATESEA and faculty members of McGilvary
College of Divinity of Payap University,
one of the member seminaries
of ATESEA. The photo was taken at the entrance of MCD.
Visit to Yushan Theological Seminary
Peter Ng and Dr. H.S. Wilson visited Yushan Theological Seminary on
September 29 and 30 to learn about the Ecumenical and Academic Exchange
Program (EAEP), a three-year initiative supported by FTESEA 2016 to
2018. EAEP is an academic cooperation in M.Th and D.Min degree program
in Christianity and theologies of indigenous people in Asia involving
Yushan Theological Seminary (Taiwan), Myanmar Institute of Theology
(Myanmar), Sahah Theological Seminary (Malaysia) and Union Theological
report of visit.
Ng and H.S. Wilson paying visit to Rev. Dr. Pusin Tali, President of
Yushan Theological Seminary
Dr. Kapi Ching, Dean of Yushan presenting his latest book to Peter Ng
Board of Trustees Meeting at Western
The FTESEA Board of Trustees had its
annual meeting on October 14-15, 2016.
Conference at University of South Africa
Dr. H.S. Wilson spoke at a conference on
"The Commercialization and Commodification of Theological Education in
Africa" held at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Front row from left: Dr. H.S. Wilson
(FTESEA), Dr. Nontando Hadebe (South Africa), Dr. Marilyn Naidoo,
Rear row from left: Dr. Mary Getui (South Africa), Dr. Dietrich Werner
(Germany), Dr.Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu (Ghana)
Visit to Banjarmasin Theological Seminary
Dr. Limuel Equina (ATESEA) and H.S. Wilson
(FTESEA) visited Banjarmasin Theological Seminary, Indonesia on
September 9, 2016. Banjarmasin (STT GKE Banjarmasin) has about 500
students for bachelor and masters program in theology and 15 faculty
|Front row second from right: Dr. Enta
Malasinto Lantigimo (faculty), Dr. Limuel Equina (ATESEA), Dr. Kinurung
Maleh (President of STT) and Dr.
Uwe Hummel (faculty from Germany).
ATESEA Theological Union (ATU)Colloquium for
doctoral candidates at Jakarta Theological Seminary, Indonesia -
September 4-8, 2016
candidates and the resource persons who took part in the ATESEA
Theological Union (ATU) Colloquium. Dr.
H.S. Wilson, History of Christianity (second from left); Dr. Septemmy
Lakawa, Mission and Contextual Theologies(seventh from left), Dr. Joas
Theology(12th from left), and Dr. Ezra Kok, Biblical Studies 14th from
left) assisted as faculty/resource persons.
Ecumenical and Academic Exchange Program
|The Memorandum of Understanding for the
joint Ecumenical and Academic Exchange Program (M.Th and D.Min)
programs between Yushan Theological College and Seminary (YTCS) and the
Seminary (STS) was signed on June 3, 2016 at Yushan. This three years
initiative is being supported by FTESEA. See
|From left to right: Rev. Dr. Kapi Ching (Dean,
YTCS), Rev. Dr. Wilfred
John Sundaraj (Principal, STS), Rev. Dr. Tali Pusin (President, YTCS)
Rev. Dr. Chung Song Mee (Vice
Principal, STS) and Rev. Dr. Wati Longchar (Coordinator of EAEP, YTCS).
consultation on "Reformation-Education-Transformation"
held at Halle, Germany from May 18-22, 2016
| Participants in the
International consultation on Reformation-Education-Transformation held
at Halle, Germany from May 18-22, 2016 as an event in commemoration of
the 500 anniversary of Protestant Reformation in 1517. Ms. Tammy
Jackson (FTESEA Board member) was one of the key note speakers.
Executive Director H.S. Wilson participated in the consultation on
personal invitation. Statement
from the conference
Forum of Theological Educators from May 16-20, 2016 in Germany
made a contribution for the participation of eight theological
educators from China, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Two FTESEA Board
members, Dr. David Esterline (as co-chair of GFTE Executive Committee)
and Dr. Lester Ruiz (ATS representative), as well as the FTESEA
Executive Director also took part in the Forum.
message of 2016 GFTE Forum
with Partner Representatives
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.
in the meeting were: Dr. Limuel Equina (ATESEA), Dr.
Foong Nghian Ngoei (ATESEA), Dr. Chen Yilu (NJUTS), Rev. Kan Baoping
(CCC), Dr. Manhong Melissa Lim (CCC and NJUTS), Dr. Amele Adamavi-Aho
Ekue (WCC/ETE), Ms. Tammy Jackson (FTESEA), Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan
(FTESEA), Dr. Kwok Pui Lan (FTESEA), Canon Peter C. Ng (FTESEA), Dr. H.
S. Wilson (FTESEA) and Dr. Lester Edwin J. Ruiz (FTESEA) who is missing
from the photograph.
Visit to Cambodia Methodist Bible School in
Phnom Penh from April 21-23, 2016
to right standing: Rev. Samuel Om (Lecturer), Dr. Foong Nghian Ngoei
(ATESEA), Rev. Prak Vuthy (Principal), Dr. H.S. Wilson (FTESEA) and Dr.
Equina (ATESEA); standing left to right Rev. Jessica Tiong (Dean of
Rev. Pyo Myong Dae (Dean of students), Mr. Jacob Cheng (lecturer) and