Department of Theology & Religious Studies
“To promote theological education through academics, research and community engagement within the holistic context of inclusiveness of tribal, gender and cultural issues through the empowerment of ministerial and lay leaders for church and society.“
THE CHALLENGE OF PURPOSEFUL THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN MLCU
Every individual is endowed with a high aspiration as manifested in the proverbial depiction of “The Apple” of ambition and infinite desire. Education is one of the many attempts to achieve that.
Daniel envisioned a time when knowledge would increase (Dan 12.4) and today, humans have acquired more knowledge than at any other time in history. Yet, we are living in a fanatical world today. In the unprecedented crisis throughout the world with the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the world as we knew it has changed and the need to adapt to this situation is not only urgent, but fraught with challenges. More and more children are growing up in broken homes. Violence, hatred and communal strife are rampant, and the most vulnerable are cut off from immediate help due to quarantines and lock-downs.
Can’t the Church do something? In taking sides with the poor, Jesus attacked the Pharisees and Sadducees for their self-indulgence and greed. Today, more than ever, at a time of mental turmoil and social-distancing, the community of faith is called to be a church where it matters and should seek opportunities for engagement with a service of hope rather than retreating with fear and self-protection. The Church is called upon to embrace, engage and continue with its task of being an agent for transformation and change. In all the domains of the head, the heart, and the hands, the Church can provide effective ministries and outreach services beyond its walls and into the life of the community.
Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial.(Martin Luther King, Jr)
As an alternative influential presence in our societies, the Church shares the responsibility of providing moral and sound leadership today, and universities have the role to prepare candidates for leadership who will help face the many challenges in the world. Theological Education today should address and be focused on the pertinent issues of poverty, injustice, health, morality, dehumanisation and exclusions of peoples and societies – and as part of a multi-disciplinary university, scholars in MLCU have the opportunity of interacting with students and faculty of other departments such as Social Work, Counselling, Education and Management.
Christ stood against forces of discrimination and oppression, setting a great example. Historically the Church followed Him, supporting the suffering and sick, embracing the outcasts, providing them with love, compassion and hope, and challenging the forces of oppression. We recognise that at all levels, gender equity and empowerment of men, women and children is essential to both the Church and society’s response. (NCCI. Policy on HIV and AIDS. 2009).
MLCU is a university with a difference and we aspire to make a difference in society. In keeping with its Mission Statement: “To contribute to the sustainable development of Meghalaya and Northeast India, by providing knowledge, skills and values that will enable our students to become global citizens while upholding gender, ethnic and religious equity for all, conserving its bio-cultural heritage, and by recognizing its Christian legacy and commitment”, MLCU started the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (FTRS) in 2018, to impart university-level theological education to candidates, pastors and laity, who will support the needs of individuals and the community.
To enhance Christian leadership and to support Churches and Christian institutions, MLCU offers various degree and doctoral programs
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