Dr. Dietrich Werner, Coordinator of Ecumenical Theological Education (ETE) of the World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland, will present a special convocation on “Theological Education in a Globalized World” on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). The convocation is scheduled for 11:30 am, and will be held in Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center, on the LTSP campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue, in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. The convocation is co-sponsored by LTSP and the Foundation for Theological Education in South East Asia. The talk is open to the public; admission is free.
Dr. Werner has lectured around the world and written extensively on theological education in many contexts in the 21st century. According to The Christian Post, he told the fourth congress of the World Conference of Associations of Theological Institutions in 2008, "There is an immense need for increased efforts to promote ecumenical theological education in view of the enormous challenges posed by fast growing churches, grave inequalities in access to higher theological education, and the growing trends of religious fundamentalism and fragmentation."
Dr. Werner is a Protestant theologian from the Northelbian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Germany, and was trained in missiology at the University of Bochum.