This project aims to develop a network for the teaching of Inter Faith Engagement (IFE) across Theological Education Institutions (TEIs), by researching how TEIs might benefit from working in partnership with centres of excellence in Inter Faith Engagement. In doing so, it intends to cultivate a conversation with and between TEIs about the importance of the discipline of IFE as an aspect of theological education, building upon the work of the Common Award Inter Faith Engagement Module Working Group. This proposal centres on a day conference bringing together representatives from TEIs and centres of excellence in IFE to explore how best to resource and encourage incorporating IFE as a part of the Common Awards curriculum offered by individual TEIs. A key objective of the conference is to research ways in which the significant experience and expertise located within the centres of excellence might be utilised by TEIs in the context of delivering the relevant Common Award modules. The aim is that these relationships would be two-way conversations, with TEIs supported and resourced by centres, who would in turn incorporate the learning gained from this into their own research and development.
This proposal has been developed by Queens Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education and the Presence and Engagement network of the Church of England, in recognition of the fact that the modules on Inter Faith Engagement are an asset to the Common Award curriculum, preparing and equipping ministerial students for Christian mission and ministry - however their value for learning and formation is largely dependent on confident and effective delivery by TEIs. Therefore this proposal looks to ensure that this is the case across the board, through the development of a robust network, from which will stem sustainable bilateral or multilateral relationships between individual centres and TEIs. In this way, it contributes to the discussion around both the future of theological education and the nature of learning in this context.
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