Sunday, June 17, 2007

Taking a Blogging Break

I am taking a break for a while, during which time I am not proposing to put regular postings on this site.

If special needs and opportunities come up I will certainly ensure that they get posted.

By all means trawl through the archives of this Theologians Without Borders site.

Let me recommend that a useful method is to use the ‘Search this Blog’ function at the top of the page for tracking down articles on subjects of interest.

Geoff Pound

Image: On the seventh day...?

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Kerala Calling: Come over and Help Us!


I have received a request from the India Baptist Theological Seminary (IBTS) in the Kottayam District of Kerala, India.

Principal Dr. K. Jacob Kurian has provided full details of the need and opportunity but in brief it is to teach a Module Course in Historical Theology.

The proposed dates for the teaching of this module are 27th to 31st August and 3rd to 7th September, 2007 at IBTS for 4 hours (an hour being 45 minutes of classroom work and 15 minutes of weightage for study in the Library.

This is a first year M.Th. (in Theology) class and is designed to trace the development of doctrines through church denominations, spiritual movements, and Christian leaders.

Students hail from Baptist, Brethren, Pentecostal, and Episcopal churches. In India today Dr Kurian says, “Students need to learn to discuss controversial issues, speaking the truth in love, enabling their own churches to grow evolving from within with freedom of expression and without spoiling the fellowship, without compromising on principles in the name of tolerance and broadmindedness, and without syncretism.”

The class will be comprised of very mature students able to assimilate deep truths.

The students have various Indian native languages as mother-tongues but the medium of instruction is English. No translation is provided or needed. English grammar and vocabulary are taught incidentally, not formally as a separate course.

If 27th to 31st August and 3rd to 7th September, 2007 are inconvenient another option is from 5th to 9th and 12th to 16th November, 2007.

The Seminary is in a rural setting with excellent campus facilities. It’s a 2-hour drive from Kochi Airport on the South-west coast of India.

The Seminary is accredited by IATA (International Association for Theological Accreditation). IBTS is an arm of the India Baptist Convention which is a member of Baptist World Alliance.

IBTS will meet the expenses of the resource person for travel from the airport to Seminary on arrival, from Seminary to airport for departure, boarding and lodging.

Further details not included in this posting have been received. If you would like more information and/or would like to express interest, please write as soon as possible to:

Geoff Pound
Convenor, TWB Coordinating Committee.
geoffpound@yahoo.com.au

Image: Map of Kerala with location of Kochi and Kottayam District. Click on it for enlarging.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Cochabamba Calling


A letter to Theologians Without Borders has come from President Marcelino Tapia of the Baptist Seminary in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

He is requesting a Bible and a Missions professor.

Their semesters run from July to October and from March to June.

It would be an advantage to be able to teach in Spanish, but they can provide a translator until you learn the language.

The seminary is related to the Canadian Baptist Mission and is recognized by ASIT, which is a regional theological accrediting association.

The level of studies is at BA which is called licentiate; so a master’s degree would be the level required for a teacher responding to this opportunity.

Seminary classes are held early in the morning and in the evening, because all students have to work to support themselves.

The seminary can help by providing housing for couples or singles that teach, at a minimum cost.

Cochabamba is a city in central Bolivia, located in a valley bearing the same name in the Andes mountain range. It is the third largest city in Bolivia with a metropolitan population of more than 800,000 people.

Cochabamba is known throughout South America as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’ and ‘The Garden City’ due to its warm temperatures year round and abundant well kept parks. It is a city with an attractive climate.

If you have an interest or would like more information please send me a note at:
geoffpound@yahoo.com.au

Geoff Pound
Convenor, Coordination Committee, TWB.

Image: Cochabamba city.