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Serampore College Convocation underway

Dimapur, February 2 (MExN): The Serampore College convocation began on February 2 at Clark Theological College (CTC) with devotion led by Dr. Mar. Pongener, Academic Dean of CTC.
The message was delivered by Dr. Roger. Gaikwad, General Secretary of National Council of Churches of India (NCCI). He pointed out four responses to contemporary concerns of the ecumenical world: positive masculinity, just democracy, transparency and accountability in service, and caste resistance. The challenges were based on Phil 4:8 and proposed in the light of oppressive systems like patriarchy, manipulation of democracy, corruption and casteism.
The devotion was followed by a seminar by Dr. Dietrich. Werner from Germany. He is the Program Coordinator of Ecumenical Theological Education (ETE) in the World Council of Churches (WCC). His presentation re-emphasized on the importance of quality theological education, which was a topic of discussion even in the Edinburgh 1910 Conference – the genesis of ecumenical cooperation in theological education. He pointed out some of the features of theological education in the 21st century like accessibility gap, contextualization, diversification, unity etc. Thereafter, he suggested four priorities for joint-action on theological education: first, to attend to the needs of newly emerging churches; second, international cooperation for strengthening theological education; third, facilitation of theological research and; fourth, finding common standards for quality education.
The day continued with business session of the members of BTESSC, comprising of Principals from more than 50 colleges in India and Sri Lanka and other committee members.