Magazine article Anglican Journal

Town and Country: Unique Wycliffe Program Marries Theology with Urban and International Development

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Town and Country: Unique Wycliffe Program Marries Theology with Urban and International Development

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MANY PEOPLE of faith want an education that provides the spiritual, academic and practical skills to serve in international or urban development.

They want to 'erre God TLOT just in the church or the academy but in the world, and the church acknowledges this.

As Archbishop Colin Johnson of the chores of Toronto writes. 'We, have begun to recognize the value of engaging theology students with a view toward contextual ministry. This new emphasis nurtures the char risme of the individual and prepares people to minister roost effectisely to and with the community into which God has placed them.

Wycliffe Colleges Master's of Theological Studies (Urban and International Development), known as the MTSD, combines sound theological education with practical skills in urben and international development, its goal is to raise up students who will have the insight and tools TO analyze and solve problems in the real world.

The program connects students to the many organizations responding to local and global poverty and Injustice, building on students' backgrounds in the humsnities, business, science technology and other disciplines. Basic courses in the Bible and theology are supplemented by courses in the ethics of wealth and poverty. Hotnelersneas, history of missions and development, forgiveness and reconciliation and croaa-cultural mission.

At the end of their first year, students intern for three to seven months with a development organisation In Canada or abronci So far, WyclifTe has partnered with the Primate's World itelief and Development Fund. World Vision Canada, the Salvation Army, the Mennonite Central CommZttee, the Latin American Mission. Sa Mafitall'S Purse, the Yonge Street Mission--and about 20 others.

Local, national and international internships focus on advocacy, restorative justice, education and agriculture, among others, tailored to individual students' interests and sirills Sites of service include Bosnia. Malawi. Sierra Leone, Costa Rica, Toronto and Cttuwn

"We've had two summer interns from the program and they both fit in very well with their combination of Wycliffe training and their passion for social justice," say, Alan Bettie, managing director of Sanctuary, 3 downtown Toronto refuge for street and rrreet-ir. …

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