2 . Training in Political Theology
Thursday, Oct 24, 2019

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Training in Political Theology {24th to 26th October, 2019}

Dr.A.K.Tharien Chair for Reconciliation is organizing a National level Training in Political Theology from October 23rd to 25th, 2019, at ICSA-Paripurna Centre, Manapakkam, Chennai

It will build on two highly successful events at ICSA on comparative political theology. The first one was organized in September 11– 12, 2017 in partnership with the Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College (BTESSE), and the latter from October10 – 11, 2018 in partnership with the Senate of Serampore College (University) & Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College (BTESSE), a stand-alone workshop for curriculum development in the field of Political Theology. The outcome has been the introduction of Political Theology at all affiliate colleges of the Senate BD students as an optional course. Both events drew participants from around the world and from various ecumenical agencies and theological seminaries.

The Training in Political Theology 2019 is set to be equally important and interdisciplinary in scope. We intend to have affiliated academics, independent scholars, and doctoral students and candidates from a wide range of disciplines, such as Theology, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Political Theory, Political Science, International Relations, Law, Literature, History, Education, Cultural Studies, etc. at this programme.


This three-day training is designed to improve the understanding participants have of the Constitution of India and its relationship with Theology; and will stress the importance of Political Theology as integral to education.  It intends to focus on understand law, and the role of Christians in politics from a theological/biblical point of view.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand the salient features of the Constitution of India.
  • Biblical Hermeneutics of interpreting legislation, policies and procedures to make ethical and theological decisions.
  • To explore how to promote ethical standards and foster integrity within our communities and to fight for our rights through critical analysis of political theology.
  • Promote political theology through critical discussions and dialogue.
  • Ensuring that citizens are empowered to avail of government services without paying bribes.
  • Learn to file a Right to Information (RTI) petition.

There will be both theoretical and practical sessions. The benefits of studying in a classroom setting include being able to share first-hand experiences, ideas and questions with peers and expert facilitators. It provides an opportunity for participants to study alongside like-minded people and strengthen their network.


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