Summer School of Theology

The Eastern European Institute of Theology holds the Summer School of Theology as a platform to support the viability of the Ukrainian evangelical theological community and its involvement in the global theological context.

The Eastern European Institute of Theology holds the Summer School of Theology as a platform to support the viability of the Ukrainian evangelical theological community and its involvement in the global theological context.

Summer School of Theology

Formal education in Ukraine, unreformed since the days of the USSR, has created a demand for a new quality of education that will meet current needs and assist in bringing abilities for full self-realization to a qualitatively new level. As a response to this demand, non-formal education emerged and continues to grow, addressing the current worldview needs of not just an individual but community and society as a whole. Non-formal education focuses on developing interprofessional, multipurpose, and various soft skills that help a person productively interact with reality. In the Protestant educational environment, the process of establishing platforms for a theological understanding of today’s challenges has only just begun. At the same time, the realities of a full-scale war in Ukraine further complicate the establishment of such platforms.

Therefore, the Eastern European Institute of Theology is launching the Summer School of Theology as a form of non-formal education and a platform for developing the Ukrainian theological community and its involvement in the global theological context. In the Ukrainian academic environment, theology is still regaining the role it lost during the age of atheism. Post-Christian religious narratives, such as Russian messianism and divine preference, are used to legitimize political agendas: as a means of establishing a totalitarian or authoritarian regime. Here, theology is expected not only to describe the world we live in and to offer answers to existential concerns but also to deconstruct these hostile narratives.


Goal of the School

The Summer School of Theology aims to create a platform for non-formal theological education that would consolidate an academic community in hopes that such a community would be capable of critically, productively, and creatively reflecting on the challenges of our present day and laying the foundations for a quality future, both at national and global levels.

01.
active theological community

The Summer School seeks to promote the formation of an active theological community, particularly within the Evangelical Protestant movement.

02.
interdisciplinary approach

The Summer School is based on an interdisciplinary approach to the creation of an open academic environment.

03.
Openness

The Summer School intends to attract representatives of various academic disciplines, thanks to openness and inclusion in the global context of a discussion around the most important issues of humanity’s future.

04.
integration into global context

The Summer School aims to promote the integration of the Ukrainian theological community into the European and global context through the integration of leading Western theologians, philosophers, and intellectuals into the discussion.


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