The World Council of Churches and Globethics.net have just launched a new digital repository of theological resources. "The Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism (GlobeTheoLib) is a multi-lingual global digital library on theology and ecumenism that offers access to more than 200,000 texts, documents and other academic resources." It combines a large number of research materials -- both free and subscription-based -- in one convenient place for the use of anyone studying religion or ethics.
GlobeTheoLib aims to:
- use new digital models of information exchange to create greater visibility for theological knowledge and insights from churches of the global South;
- make use of information and communication technologies to counter imbalances in global theological education systems;
- respond to the needs of theological colleges, faculties and institutes for quality resources for theological education and research;
- overcome barriers to accessing existing digital content;
- support and enable well-equipped participation in the teaching of Christian theology, the generation of ecumenical and intercultural perspectives, and the formation of a new generation of ecumenical leaders.
GlobeTheoLib has a special focus on intercultural theology and ecumenism, including contextual theologies, world mission and missiology, gender and theology, interreligious dialogue, theological education, and World Christianity.
For individual registered participants, such as theological researchers, educators and students, GlobeTheoLib offers free-of-charge access to:
- journals, magazines, books, training material, dissertations and news documents on theology and ecumenism, with a focus on full text documents
- licensed content such as journals, reference works, and e-books
Registered participants may also submit their own documents and publications to GlobeTheoLib.
Though registration is required to access the GTL resources, the process is quick, free, and allows you to specify your fields of interest. It also allows you to create and join workgroups, through which you can collaborate with other researchers around the world.