The British Trust for Tantur, which exists to promote the work and profile of the Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem, is offering a very substantial grant of £2000 to ten people in the UK who are training for authorised Christian ministry, both ordained and lay, to join the well-established one month July programme. You can find out about the Institute, its purpose and history – and what is being offered on the Programme – by visiting the website Tantur Ecumenical Institute.
For some years the Trust organised generously subsidized groups of 30-40 for a study tour in July which ran at the same time as the July Programme. It has now decided to put its weight into encouraging participation in the June and July courses as providing a fuller sense of the world-wide church and its calling. You will see from the website that Tantur is firmly committed to an ecumenical vision of the gospel and how it is lived in the particular cauldron that is the Middle East. Tantur’s staff is drawn from a variety of backgrounds and skills and draws upon a wealth of local expertise and experience. It is an extraordinary opportunity for anyone preparing for Christian ministry.
The June course runs from 1st – 28th June 2016 and the July course runs from 2nd – 29th July. Please indicate on your application form which course you are applying for.
You will see that the grant will not cover the costs in full, large though it is. Applicants will need to be ready to pursue other sources of funding to the tune of around £1000: the outstanding cost of the course and airfare to Tel Aviv. You will also need some personal spending money during the month, although all ordinary living costs are included in the course fee.
It is anticipated that there will be demand for the 10 places being funded, so a decision will be made early in 2016 about who will be awarded the grants. It is essential that whoever does get a grant and thus a place on the course commits him/herself to raising the extra funding required, so that a place is not left vacant. Past experience has found that such a big initial platform usually makes this search reasonably straightforward, given a little energy.
The Trust is delighted that you are interesting in pursuing what scores of people before you have found a life-changing experience. We look forward to receiving your application.