History of the Asia Project

The Asia Project has been evolving from more than a decades’ efforts for an effective engagement with Asian contexts and cultures in the theological education, research and leadership development of faith communities at the GTU.  In 1999, a faculty working group reviewed related educational initiatives within the GTU and eventually led to the “Asian Theologies and Perspectives in North American Theological Education” project, funded by a 3-year grant of $750,000 from Henry Luce Foundation since 2004 and another subsequent grant of $500,000.  In collaboration with United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia and other Asian organizations, the Project aims to develop a model for theological education in both North America and the Pacific. 

In the past several years, regional consultations, faculty seminars, partnership development, and research support program for doctoral students have been organized for this endeavor.