Board of Trustees’ Meeting (September 2015)
The Board of Trustees met at Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Jakarta, Indonesia on August 31 to September 1, 2015.
New directions were set as the Board resolved actions and recommendations concerning accreditation, membership, finances, faculty development and ATESEA Theological Union’s (ATU) interests.
The members of the Board joined the community of Jakarta Theological Seminary during its morning worship at the seminary chapel. Dr. Joyce Abugan as speaker gave emphasis on Rahab’s amazing story of faith, hope, and redemption.
Dr. HS Wilson, FTESEA Executive Secretary, was present to update the Board on the Foundation for Theological Education in the South East Asia’s (FTESEA) approved grants and new policies on grant-giving. Dr. Joas Adiprasetya’s was confirmed as Assistant Treasurer.
The management of Asia Journal of Theology (AJT) is in the process of transition from BTESSC to ATESEA. Dr. Mohan Larbeer, the Executive Secretary of the Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College (BTESSC) announced that the October 2015 issue is already completed. Starting with the April 2016 issue, the editing will be done by ATESEA while BTESSC will be handling the printing tasks, The member schools, especially the Centers for Theological Excellence (CTEs), are encouraged to contribute articles to the journal consistently.
The use of online media such as Facebook is a rich ground for theological discussions and regular update of the Association’s activities. As such, member schools are encouraged to have their own Facebook account and to link up their website with ATESEA’s. Nevertheless, such communication technology has its own drawbacks. On this line, the Board entrusted Dr. Kok and Dr. Adiprasetya to administer the ATESEA’s facebook account and study its pros and cons.
Two (2) new schools were accepted as members of ATESEA. They are as follows:
1. Nanjing Union Theological Seminary of Nanjing, China; and
2. Katchin Theological Seminary (KTC – Kutkai) of Myanmar.
To date, there are 93 member schools in ATESEA. With regards to membership, the Board agreed that a new member school, after a year of being an associate member, can apply for accreditation or affiliate membership.
Interim accreditation visits may be conducted by local accreditors like Association for Theological Education in Myanmar (ATEM) for schools that would like to apply for accreditation outside of the regular accreditation schedule.
The Board also approved to re-accredit the Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity and accredit the Master of Theology degree program of Union Theological Seminary (UTS). The action of the Board was based on the recommendations of the team that conducted a special comprehensive evaluation of UTS degree programs.
The team was composed of Dr. Tobias Brandner (Divinity School of Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong), Dr. Muriel Orevillo-Montenegro (Silliman University Divinity School), and Dr. Bambang Subandrijo (Jakarta Theological Seminary).
The next BOT meeting is set at UCCP Shalom Center in Manila on March 17-19, 2016.