Tantur Ecumenical Institute: Strategic Plan

Program Goals

Goals for In-Place Programs:

Programs that Enflesh Tantur's Vision

Currently our regularly scheduled programs include:

  • The Scholars Program: scholars from around the world who come to Tantur to pursue their research.
  • The Continuing Education Programs: programs at various levels and lengths which introduce an ecumenical community to the land, the peoples of the land, and the scandal of Christian disunity:
    • The Three-Month Program: September-December; January-April
    • The One-Month Program: June, July
    • The Laity Enrichment Program: Seasonal, around Christmas and Holy Week/Easter
    • To this, one might add the Preordination Candidates' Three-Week July Program (canceled the last two years because of the situation)
  • The University of Notre Dame Undergraduate Program: January-June (canceled the last two years because of the situation)
  • The Triennial "University of Notre Dame Conference at Tantur": end of May (next one: May 2003)
Goal: To support and seek full enrollment for traditional Tantur programs
  • With regard to recruitment,
    • Expand current advertising catchment areas;
    • Exploit "word of mouth" advertising (our current, most effective method);
    • Continue Tantur Today newsletter.
  • Continue to explore effective recruiting strategies for students from developing countries;
  • Engage the Business School of the University of Notre Dame as a marketing exercise to develop more effective recruiting strategies in order to draw English-speaking students from Latin America, Africa and the Asian sub-continent.
Goal: An increased participation from Orthodox Communities in the programs and facilities of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute.
  • Engage the European ecumenical community more proactively;
  • Continue and expand sending letters of information and invitation to theological schools in traditionally orthodox countries;
  • Regularly seek direction and advice from appropriate Vatican Pontifical Councils.
Goal: By 2005, make the Continuing Education Program self-supporting.
  • Do a study to compare costs and prices;
  • Establish a more consistent scholarship policy;
  • Further consultation with Office of Development at the University of Notre Dame concerning funding possibilities
    • For the Institute
    • For the Library
New Programs that Express and Expand the Vision

Goal: By 2012, have at least three other regularly scheduled programs at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute (current "slow periods": early May and August)

  • Test Run New In-House Programs (in cooperation with U.S. and French institutions):
    • By 2004, test run the "Preaching in the Fifth Gospel": three-week, ecumenical workshop for Protestant and Catholic preachers, utilizing the Land, ecumenical interaction, and Tantur;
    • By 2004, test run "Preparing Leadership for an Ecumenical Church": a three-week seminary ecumenical experience initial partners: Sacred Heart Seminary, Lutheran Seminary (Chicago), and Nashota House (Anglican);
    • If the preceding program is successful, seek to organize similar programs from Australia, India, and the UK;
    • By 2005, explore use of Tantur for French Association for Tantur programs.
Goal: By 2012, make Tantur a Desired Locus for International Learned Meetings:
  • By 2003, invite (again) American National Association of Diocesan Ecumenical Officers (NADEO) for its annual meeting;
  • By 2004, invite American National Association of Diocesan Ecumenical Officers (NADEO) for its annual in-house seminar;
  • By 2004, invite the Society of Biblical Literature to use Tantur for one of its annual study seminars;
  • By 2005, invite Societas Ścumenica to have its semiannual meeting at Tantur;
  • By 2006, invite the Church European Council for its annual theological meeting on ecumenical education;
  • By 2006, seek ways that the World Council of Churches will use Tantur for at least one of its bilateral dialogues, and specifically,
  • By 2006, explore use of Tantur for Orthodox-Catholic dialogues.
Goal: By 2012, Tantur To Be Recognized as a Regular, Sought-After Partner For Programs With Prominent Israeli Institutions:
  • Continue to explore relations with the newly established Center for the Study of Christianity at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem;
  • By spring 2003, cooperate in putting on a small Academic Conference on Lectio Divina (this would involve faculty from the University of Notre Dame and The Hebrew University);
  • Continue to explore opportunities for cooperation with the Bar Ilan University (see appropriate objective in goal below);
  • Continue to exploit opportunities for cooperation with the Hebrew Union College, The Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity of Israel and The Interreligious Coordinating Council of Israel.
Goal: By 2012, Tantur To Be Recognized as a Regular, Sought-After Partner For Programs With Prominent Palestinian Educational Institutions:
  • By 2005, with the setting up of the State, explore how Tantur might be a locus for interchange between Palestinian Christians and Muslims;
Goal: By 2012, make the Institute a more active partner and resource for other parts of the University of Notre Dame.1
  • By 2003, continue the current conversation with Dr. M. Scott Appleby, Dr. Alan Dowty, and Fr. David Burrell as to how Tantur might cooperate with, and become an intern site for, the Kroc Institute's expansion to a two-year MA Program in Peace Studies;
    • By 2004, with Dr. Alan Dowty and Fr. David Burrell as local contacts, make Tantur a residence for 10-12 Kroc MA students for internships and cooperative ventures with local Israeli and Palestinian institutes;
    • Continue conversation with Bar Ilan University in its interest with the Kroc Institute and the Tantur Ecumenical Institute. (To this end, a conversation has begun with Dr. Ben Mollov of Bar Ilan University's Program in Conflict Resolution about how Tantur, the Kroc Institute and the Program in Conflict Resolution might work in cooperation.1)
  • By 2003, 2006, invite members of the UND faculty of theology to triennial theological conference, to programs with Hebrew University, and for their sabbaticals;
    • By Christmas 2004, test-run a "Christmas in the Holy Land" program for Holy Cross seminarians with a view towards holding it annually.
    • By Christmas 2007, if the "Christmas in the Holy Land" has turned out to be successful, hold conversations about including other related religious communities (both women and men).
While its initial impetus was ecumenical (intra-Christian), the Tantur Ecumenical Institute has always been engaged in interreligious relations and dialogue. Without abandoning the original vision (indeed, one can see from the intercultural and institutional cooperative ventures suggested above that Tantur is more than strictly ecumenical), the following local and interreligious goals should be included for a ten-year strategic plan:

Goal: By 2012, the Tantur Ecumenical Institute will be in more active cooperation with local Catholic institutes (the Ratisbonne Pontifical Institute, the Institute Biblicum Franciscanum, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and the Hagia Maria/Dormition Abbey one-year program).

  • By 2004, establish Tantur as the Bibliographic Center for the Jerusalem Catholic Institute Libraries;
  • By 2005, establish the Catholic Library Consortium (this has already begun with the leadership of the Ratisbonne Pontifical Institute)2.
Goal: By 2006, the Tantur Ecumenical Institute will be one of the three primary local Christian Institutes involved in local, institutional interreligious dialogue and cooperation.
  • By 2003, continued cooperation with the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (the rector is currently on the ICCI's executive board. The ICCI is poised to be the preeminent interreligious coordinating body in Israel);
  • By 2003, continued exploration of working with the Anti-Defamation League, the Shalom Hartman Institute, and the Hebrew Union College.

1What marks this as a particularly exciting opportunity is that Bar Ilan is a religious university (in contrast to Hebrew University, which is a secular institution) that is seeking to explore the role religion can play in conflict mediation.
2The Ratisbonne is currently going through a complete re-thinking and re-organization. However, preliminary talks have occurred about how our libraries might cooperate.

Building Goals

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