Monday, April 21, 2014 3:33 PM
Washington, D.C. – Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s Faith and Globalization Initiative has welcomed Wesley Theological Seminary as a new partner in its teaching network. With this, Wesley is joining 20 leading research universities from across the world in the foundation’s Faith and Globalization Initiative. Wesley is the only seminary to be added as a partner.
Created in 2008, the initiative uses global research universities to educate current and future leaders about the role of religion and faith in the modern world. Member schools—including Yale, National University of Singapore, University of Hong Kong and McGill University—use lectures, debates, workshops, conferences, an online community, and more to fill the void in education surrounding the role of religion.
David McAllister-Wilson, President of Wesley, said, “After meetings in London, New York and Washington, we became convinced that this is the next big step for Wesley. We were placed in Washington that we might become a truly international seminary addressing the great issues of the day from the perspective of the Christian faith. Mr. Blair is an extraordinary statesman who projects a gracious and humble Christian presence in the world. I am excited about the kinds of mutual efforts we are now designing.”
In addition to the resources provided to Wesley as it develops its program and coursework, FGI is working to create a lecturer forum with the launch of a new website. The forum will promote easier sharing of resources and enhanced collaboration among the higher-education institutions in the network.
“I am delighted to welcome Wesley Theological Seminary to the worldwide network of educational institutions taking part in our Faith and Globalization initiative.” said the foundation’s Chief Executive Charlotte Keenan. “There is no shortcut to fully understanding the impact of religion in the world. This is why the initiative focuses on providing this knowledge in local, regional and international contexts, and specifically in areas of religious conflict. By encouraging academic study in this field, and providing executive education, we are determined to achieve our aim of encouraging leaders in all walks of life to engage more constructively with religion. I look forward to the contribution that Wesley Theological Seminary will make to this vital area of work.”
Seated in the nation's capital, centered in Christian faith, Wesley Theological Seminary prepares more than 700 students annually, representing more than 30 denominations, to become exemplary teachers, preachers and leaders in the world today.
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