Thursday, May 7, 2009

Theologians Without Borders—A Disclaimer

In a letter that I generally write to people expressing an interest in serving on an international assignment through Theologians Without Borders I address the issue of responsibility.

I think this important matter deserves the widest readership possible.

Here it is:

Your Responsibility
Teachers agreeing to a short term international teaching assignment do so at entirely their own risk and responsibility.

While TWB was started under the umbrella of the Baptist World Alliance and continues to enjoy an affiliation and a prayerful interest from it, TWB works with seminaries and teachers from many different branches of the Christian church.

In no way is the Baptist World Alliance, Theologians Without Borders (including the coordinator) or any other church body to be held liable for loss of personal belongings, ill health or any other tragedy.

All responsibility belongs to the teacher who travels.

The teacher is encouraged to do the research about the country, to weigh up the risks of travel at a given time, to obtain the necessary documents (travel tickets, passport, visa, health and travel insurance) and to take the recommended inoculations, precautions, clothes and equipment.

For First-Time Readers of This Site
A general introduction to TWB is offered in several languages at these links:
Theologians Without Borders
Teólogos Sin Fronteras
Théologiens Sans Frontières
Theologen Ohne Grenzen
Ahli Teologi Tanpa Sempadan
Ang mga Dalubhasa sa Salita ng Diyos na Walang Hangganan
Teólogos Sem Fronteiras
Teologi Senza Frontiere

If you can translate this statement into your language I would be keen to add it to this list.

Interested in Serving With TWB?
A good place to start (without making a commitment) is to adapt this Expression of Interest and send your information with a digital photo to me.

Dr Geoff Pound
Coordinator, Theologians Without Borders
Contact me on email at geoffpound[@]gmail.com or on Facebook.