Current and future leaders representing churches worldwide are invited to apply for the Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management for an Economy of Life (GEM School) from 17 to 28 August 2020, tentatively to be held in Taipei. The aim of the training is to strengthen the voice of churches on global economics and their advocacy for an Economy of Life.
This initiative responds to recommendations formulated for the World Communion of Reformed Churches, the World Council of Churches, the Council for World Mission and the Lutheran World Federation in the Sao Paulo Statement: International Financial transformation for an Economy of Life and in the document Economy of Life for All Now: An Ecumenical Action Plan for a New International Financial and Economic Architecture, which identified as a priority the development of competencies in economics within churches.
Presently churches’ ethical, moral and theological perspectives on the workings of the global economy have minimal impact on financial and economic policies, business practices and ways of thinking. To address this gap, the GEM School aims to build economic literacy within churches by equipping participants with the tools and languages to effectively advocate for urgent transformations in the global financial and economic realm.
The 10-day curriculum addresses the following objectives:
Among candidates who meet the nomination criteria, participants will be selected with a view to achieving regional, gender and denominational balance.
Participants are granted full scholarship, including flights, accommodation and full board. A minimum contribution of 100 US dollars is expected from each participant.
Application form and guidelines
Click on the links to access the following documents (from WCC website):
Filled-out application forms and supporting documents should be sent to Sophie.Dhanjal@wcc-coe.org.
Further inquiries may be directed to
The final date of submission of applications is on 09 February 2020. Selected participants will be informed by 24 February 2020.