The next Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management (GEM) for an Economy of Life will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, 19-30 August 2019.
In order to strengthen the voice of churches on global economics, a select group of current and future leaders representing the churches will have the opportunity to attend the GEM School.
Applications are due no later than 30 January 2019. Selected participants will be informed by 15 February 2019.
The GEM School responds to recommendations formulated for the World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Council of Churches, Council for World Mission and 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.