The Indian School of Ecumenical Theology (ISET) was established in 1988 as a unit of ECC, in order to give a theological basis through the wide ranging programmes. The general objective of ISET is “to evolve and share a Common Faith Vision as a sign of our commitment to the Reign of God and our Journey in Solidarity with Cosmic Community towards its fullfilment. ISET organizes regional institutes in collaboration with other centers and organizations in different linguistic areas for imparting wider ecumenical concerns in fulfilling the mission of God.

This ecumenical vision involves three major thrusts: inter-church, inter-religious and cosmic which together constitute the total ecumenical process.”

Keeping the above objectives in mind, the ISET aims at:
i)    Taking the total context of the world as “the text” and “the context” of theologizing;
ii)   Involving all churches and the human community in the process of theologizing;

iii)  Discovering and promoting the rich diversity and heritage of all Christians and religious traditions; and
iv)  Fostering unity of humankind and all creation by analyzing the divisive and destructive forces at work in the world, by exposing their root causes and proposing ways of healing and reconciliation and peace with justice.

The syllabus of various courses embodies the above objectives.

Rev. Dr. John Samuel

Dean, Indian School of Ecumenical Theology (ISET)

Rev. Dr. John Samuel completed his M.A. and B.D. in the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Arasaradi, Madurai. He served as a pastor in the Diocese of North Kerala in the Church of South India. He completed his M.Th. in Old Testament in the United Theological College, Bangalore. Then he joined the faculty of the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Madurai. He completed his Ph.D. in Madurai Kamaraj University in the Department of Philosophy. Subsequently he completed his Ph.D in the Department of Religious Studies of Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. He taught Hebrew Bible for three years in Northern College in Manchester, U.K. He has taught in the Pacific Theological College, Fiji. He has been a visiting scholar at AMI Institute, Jerusalem, Queens College, Birmingham, Heidelberg University, Germany and Union Theological Seminary, New York. He has served as President of the Society for Biblical Studies in India (SBSI). He has been invited to present papers at NCCI, CCA, WCC and CWM meetings. Now he has joined as Dean, Indian School of Ecumenical theology at the Ecumenical Christian Centre, Whitefield. He is also serving as a visiting professor in the United Theological College.