Photo from left to right: Prof. Benno van den Toren (Professor of Intercultural Theology at the PThU in Groningen, the Netherlands; Project Leader and Editor in Chief); Prof. Issiaka Coulibaly (President of FATEAC and Professor of Theology in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Francophone West Africa Regional Editor); Rev. Sam Bussey (Doctoral Student in Intercultural Theology at the PThU in Groningen, the Netherlands & Manager of the project); Dr. William Mbuluku (Lecturer in New Testament and Librarian at FATEB in Yaoundé, Cameroon; Francophone Editor); Prof. Diane Stinton (Dean of Students and Associate Professor of Missions Studies and World Christianity at Regent College, in Vancouver, Canada; International Editor of the project); Prof. Liz Mburu (Langham Literature Regional Coordinator for Africa; Adjunct Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek at International Leadership University & East Africa Regional Editor); Prof. Jurgens Hendriks (Professor of Practical Theology and Missiology [Emeritus], Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; NetACT Programme Coordinator & Southern African Regional Editor); Prof. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu (President of Trinity Theological Seminary and Baeta-Grau Professor of African Christianity and Pentecostal Theology in Legon, Accra, Ghana; Anglophone West Africa Regional Editor); Dr. Bosco Bangura (Postdoctoral Fellow in African Pentecostalism at NWU, Potchefstroom, South Africa [now based at ETF in Leuven, Belgium], Anglophone Editor)
The Protestant Theological University in the Netherlands took the initiative to organize a consultation with representatives from Anglophone and Francophone Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. Prof Hendriks represented NetACT and is a member of the overall project that will be called Global Christianity Project. The Tempelton Foundation in the USA funds the project.
Today Christianity is a global and multicultural reality, but the different theological voices of the global church are not easily accessible, both in the North Atlantic world and in other regions. To help meet this need and encourage intercultural conversation, the Global Christianity Project envisions the creation of a website on global Christian theology. Around this website, we will develop a support group of faculty, researchers, librarians and students with a shared interest in the development of this research tool and online resources in the field of global theology. The first stage of the project is called the “African Theology Website.” As a first step towards our vision, the consultation want to create a website and support group that focuses on African Christian theology in English and French-speaking Sub-Saharan Africa.
NetACT’s Internet Portal (NIP) project will cooperate with the envisaged website. Fruitful planning of cooperation between all involved took place at the meeting in Kenya.