Theological News Apr 2003 Vol 32 No 2


Editor: Dr. David Parker

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Change of Venue for ICETE/TC Conference

Subsequent to our last issue of WEA Theological News, the venue for ICETE's International Consultation for Theological Educators has been changed. The Consultation will now take place at the Wycliffe Centre, High Wycombe, UK, located between London and Oxford. Previously the Consultation had been announced for Kiev, Ukraine. The change of venue became necessary when it was discovered that those coming to the Consultation from many developing countries might find it very difficult or even impossible to obtain visas, partly because Ukraine does not yet have embassies in all of these countries, and partly owing to the heightened security situation everywhere since September 2001.

ICETE regrets any resulting inconvenience or disappointment. The dates for the event remain the same as previously announced, 18-22 August 2003. The WEA Theological Commission will hold its annual business session prior to the Consultation and members will participate in the conference sessions.

The keynote speaker will be Miroslav Volf, formerly at the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Osijek, Croatia, and now professor of theology at Yale University. The Consultation is also to be addressed in plenary session by Alister McGrath, noted professor of historical theology at Oxford University.

For further information, contact ICETE at Prinsesselaan 28, 3905 GL Veenendaal, The Netherlands or

TC Executive Chair Tours Asia-Pacific

Dr . Rolf Hille , Executive Chair of the WEA Theological Commission has toured parts of Asia and Pacific meeting theologians and discussing the work of the Theological Commission. His wife, Dorothea, joined him on the trip. They commenced their tour in late February in Japan where Dr. Hille met with theologians and officers of the evangelical fellowship.

Dr. and Mrs Hille arrived in Sydney, Australia on Feb 23 and were hosted by Dr. Roger Kemp, former General Secretary of ICAA (now ICETE). Here Dr. Hille consulted with various theological faculties and met Dr. David Claydon, International Director, Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, and Mrs Robyn Claydon, Program Chair for the 2004 LCWE Forum. Later in the week, the Hilles moved to Melbourne where discussions were held with the Australian Evangelical Alliance General Secretary, Tom Slater, and its Theological Commission convenor, Dr. Brian Edgar.

After completing this part of the itinerary, the Hilles travelled to Auckland NZ where they were the guests of veteran TC Director, Dr. and Mrs Bruce Nicholls. Their visit included several visits to theological colleges and discussions with theologians and church leaders. On the return journey, Dr. and Mrs Hille spent a weekend in Hong Kong where they were hosted by Dr. Wilson Chow, of Chine Graduate School of Theology. Dr. Chow has been recently re-appointed to the WEA Theological Commission. Dr. Hille will again be in Asia in May 2003 for a meeting of leaders involved in the LCWE 2004 Forum.

Theological Commission Invites Interest in Updated CD

The Theological Resource Library CD produced by the WEF for the Amsterdam 2000 Conference and later extended for a commercial version has sold out its initial batch. The CD contains Evangelical Review of Theology up to Oct 2000, all the TC books and monographs, several other WEF publications and a number of Bibles and other resources. Due to the high interest, stocks of the CD are now exhausted. It sold at a price of US$50 for a single copy with discounts for bulk orders, and operated under the Logos Library System. The TC is inviting expressions of interest for further purchases to judge whether there is still a need for the CD. Consideration is being given to an updated production which would included ERT up to Oct 2002 and the latest Logos technology. Pricing would remain close the previous levels. Expressions of interest should be addressed to the editor, Dr. David Parker on as soon as possible so that planning can continue.

KAIROS Foundation Honours Rene Padilla

The personnel and friends of the Kairos Foundation took the opportunity at the launch of Dr. Rene Padilla's new book, Human Economy and Economy of the Kingdom of God on Dec 18, 2002 to recognize his significant contribution to holistic ministry.

The Kairos Community of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is made up of members of various evangelical churches who have come together in order to grow and to work together in various ministries. Its history goes back to 1976, when a group started meeting to consider the historical meaning of Christian discipleship in the contemporary world. Their central concern was the shaping of disciples of Jesus Christ seeking to live out their faith in every area of daily life. In 1987 the Kairos Community was legally constituted as an Argentine nonprofit organization with an interdenominational board of directors. At present this foundation has five departments: Literature, Theological Education, Community Ministries, Family Ministries (EIRENE), and the Kairos Retreat Center. All these ministries are carried out in Spanish.

Dr. Padilla, who is well known around the world for his forthright and insightful thought and action, is President of the Kairos Foundation and publication secretary of the Latin American Theological Fraternity. In his latest book, which is a dialogue between theology and human sciences and especially economics, he argues that the criterion to evaluate an economic system is not the gains of the investors but the quality of life of all the people the system affects directly or indirectly. For more information, contact Kairos Ediciones on Tel/fax: 4796-3306 & 4718-2412 - Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Reports of Conferences and Documents welcome.