Orality

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Orality is a critical topic in global mission today.

5.7 billion people in the world are oral preference learners.

70% to 80% of the world does not depend on textual transmission; they depend on aural, or oral-visual, means to receive, process, remember, and pass on information.

1,961 predominantly oral unengaged unreached people groups (UUPGs) do not have a single verse of Scripture in their heart language.

The majority of the world’s population are oral communicators, who cannot or do not learn through literate means, and more than half of them are among the unreached. The Cape Town Commitment II-D-2

Since The Cape Town Commitment, the Lausanne Orality issue network has commenced both strategic and tactical implementation of the Call to Action regarding orality.

2011

  • West Africa Orality Network launched to focus on UUPGs and worldview implementation in Oral Instructional Design
  • Audio Scripture Engagement Declaration made through the International Orality Network and other networks

2012

  • East Africa Orality Network launched to focus on UUPGs and disciple making
  • Orality Journal launched for academics, thought leaders, educators, and passionate practitioners
  • First mini Global Consultation on theological education and orality called ‘Beyond Literate Western Models: Contextualizing Theological Education in Oral Contexts’, held at the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton with 43 invited participants (chancellors, principals, deans, and professors) from 18 institutions and 14 training organizations

2013

  • Second mini Global Consultation on theological education and orality held in Hong Kong with 60 invited participants from 20 institutions and 15 organizations
  • Beyond Literate Western Models: Contextualizing Theological Education in Oral Contexts published, available on Amazon Kindle or at orality.net
  • Asia Theological Association, Tri-Annual General Assembly, Orality, and Theological Education was a part of the plenary

2014

  • Third mini Global Consultation on theological education and orality held at Houston Baptist University with 63 invited participants from 19 institutions and 24 organizations
  • Beyond Literate Western Practices: Continuing Conversations in Orality and Theological Education published, available on Amazon Kindle or at orality.net

Through the influence and ministry of the Lausanne Orality issue network, we are working toward a steady drop in the number of UUPGs; oral Bible stories in heart languages for people groups; orality based curricula implementation in schools across the world; book publication on theological education and orality; and a consultation on orality and learning and learner assessments.

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