in the summer edition of our Bulletin, I mentioned the fact that our church has lately been celebrating one anniversary after another. This autumn, we have yet another important reason to celebrate. Not necessarily a church-related one, but definitely one that concerns Christians in a fundamental way: the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which took place thirty years ago, is an anniversary that celebrates freedom. In 1989, the citizens of Czechoslovakia won their freedom, and living in freedom is certainly something we, as Christians, should always be striving for.
And what about today? Do we still have enough reasons to be happy? What has been lost and where has it disappeared during those thirty years? Such doubts and questions are only proof of the fact that the struggle for freedom never ends.
I am not going to go into detail describing the articles you can find in this issue, but there is one event we have reported about that I would like to bring to your attention: the new Protestant school called Filipka (the last issue of the Bulletin provided an interview with its director) opened its doors in September and its students as well as the staff are happy and satisfied with how things are going. Let’s hope it stays this way! And, I might add, let us also hope there are many other articles that you will find interesting in this edition of the Bulletin.
Advent is near, we are looking forward to celebrating Christmas, the birth of God’s Holy Son, who came to stay in our midst, to be with us and comfort us, to keep our heads above the water, and most of all, to be with us and above us as the vision of the things to come.
Wishing you the Lord’s peace
On behalf of the Editorial Board Jana Plíšková
This year two Protestant theological faculties on the territory of former Czechoslovakia will celebrate the first hundred years of their existence: the Evangelical Lutheran Theological Faculty of Comenius University in Bratislava and the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University in Prague. Continue reading 100 Years of Cooperation between Czech and Slovak Protestant Theologians
In the spring of 2019 a group of students and teachers from the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University (PTF) set off for the site of Tel Moca in Israel, where they spent two weeks working on archaeological excavations. Continue reading The Discovery of a Monumental Judaean Temple from the Second Iron Age: An Archaeological Expedition by Students and Teachers from the Prague Theological Faculty
Families are willing to move over 100 kilometres for this school. As one of the few in the Czech Republic, this school has long been admitting pupils with severe autism and is able to provide them with special education as well as day care. It is attended by 114 children. More than half of them have a certain form of autism, 80% of them do not speak and communicate with teachers through a so-called image exchange communication system. Nevertheless, together with the parents and the staff of the school, they form one large community, as is evident from this interview with the headteacher Ivana Kováčová. Continue reading A school known far and wide. Interview with Ivana Kováčová, director of the diaconal school in Merklín
Festivities, music, interviews, reflections and screenings. These were all part of the celebrations of thirty years of Diakonia. They started professionally: an international seminar on values in diaconal work. This was followed by two gatherings: in the Salvátor Church in Prague, and then in the Prague Crossroads centre of Dagmar and Václav Havel. Music was provided by the orchestra of the Evangelical Academy Conservatory, under the leadership of Ladislav Moravetz; and by Hradišťan, a world-famous ensemble combining Moravian folklore and world music. Taking part in the talks were International guests, clients of Diakonie and founders of the organization, thanks to whom Diakonie resumed its activities in 1989 and grew into one of the most respected care organizations in the Czech Republic.
600,000 CZK, proceeds of this year’s Lent Collection, will go to help Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan. Diaconia will use the money to buy equipment for the winter, which is surprisingly cold in the mountainous areas of Lebanon. For refugees often living in one bare room, it is not easy to survive. Blankets, mattresses, stoves or fuel oil will be purchased by Diaconia on site to support the local market. Syrian refugees themselves produce warm blankets in community workshops, which receive aid from us. Another portion of the money will support the establishment and operation of a community centre in Zarqa, Jordan, which will provide leisure and education courses and help build the economic independence of refugees. Continue reading Diaconia for Syrian Refugees
Thirty years have passed since the Velvet Revolution, which started on the 17th of November 1989. This is a truly important milestone and our Bulletin is therefore covering the topic more extensively in this issue. News of the protest that took place on Prague’s Narodni Street on the 17th of November made foreign headlines at the time and, quite unexpectedly, set in motion other events that spread like wildfire throughout the country and finally freed it from the communist dictatorship. Continue reading What Should Not Be Forgotten
The seventh school of the Evangelical Academy has opened its doors to children from first to fourth grades on the first day of the new school year. The school is called Filipka – Learning Through Stories and it is located at Filipínského Street in Brno.The festive opening in the schoolyard was attended by children, parents, friends of the school, the ECCB’s partner church in Brno-Husovice, as well as representatives of the ECCB’s management. Continue reading The Journey Around the Planets Begins. The “Filipka School – Learning Through Stories” has welcomed its first students
On September 17, 2019, representatives of five Protestant churches from Central Europe met in Warsaw to discuss the current situation in our region. The leaders of the participating churches signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which, inter alia, closer cooperation between the churches in the region was agreed. Continue reading Let us pursue what makes for peace
On the first weekend of October, approximately 500 young people arrived in Nové Město na Moravě, Czech Republic, for the 29th edition of the (Not Only) Protestant Youth Meeting, this time with the topic of “Open Space”. Continue reading The 2019 Protestant Youth Meeting: Open Space