Category Archives: News from PTF

Biblical colloquium in the form of a videoconference

TF_social_media19 (1)The international meeting of biblical scholars, which grew out of household seminars in the 1980s and has been held at the ETF for almost thirty years every week after Easter, had to be postponed due to a pandemic last year. This year’s meeting – XXVIII. colloquium biblicum (7–8 April 2021) – has been adapted to be held as a videoconference; the program was shortened to one and a half days. Continue reading Biblical colloquium in the form of a videoconference

Visions and perspectives of churches in the 21st century

DSCF7893The symposium named „The Church on the Road: Visions and Perspectives for Journey through the 21st Century”, which took place on 13 April 2021 at the Charles University ETF, commemorated two important Czech practical theologians, Josef Smolík (1922–2009) and Pavel Filipi (1936–2015). The Department of Practical Theology of the ETF UK in cooperation with the Prague Seniorate of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren invited their pupils and theologians from abroad and conceived the memory as the development of Smolík’s and Filipi’s ideas about the church in the current context. Continue reading Visions and perspectives of churches in the 21st century

Becoming a student for a week

TF_social_media83 (1)It is no secret that the adverse times of the last year significantly paralyzed Czech education. Universities remain inaccessible to the public for more than a year. For this reason, in addition to full-time teaching, we had to limit all the extra accompanying activities at the Evangelical Theological Faculty. Even such a traditional event (and I dare say even crucial for the presentation of all universities) as  „Open Day“ has been moved to a virtual environment in an effort to comply with all epidemiological measures. Continue reading Becoming a student for a week

Studying theology can shake one’s personal faith. An interview with the Vice-Dean of the Protestant Theological Faculty, Ladislav Beneš

7. portrety009_300x300The Protestant Theological Faculty is one of three theological faculties that are part of the Charles University in Prague. In 2019, the faculty celebrated its first century of existence. We talked to the Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs, practical theologian and minister, Ladislav Beneš, about the faculty’s current position, about what it’s like to study there and how new students could be attracted. Continue reading Studying theology can shake one’s personal faith. An interview with the Vice-Dean of the Protestant Theological Faculty, Ladislav Beneš

Course for hospital chaplains at ETF UK

Kurz nemocniční kaplan II.On Friday, December 4th, 2020, the ceremonial closing of the fifth cycle of the “Hospital Chaplain” qualification course took place at the Evangelical Theological Faculty of Charles University. The 310-hour course is organised by the ETF in cooperation with the Catholic Theological Faculty of Charles University, the Association of Hospital Chaplains of the Czech Republic and individual churches in the Czech Republic. Successful completion of the course is one of the conditions for the work of clergy in medical facilities. Continue reading Course for hospital chaplains at ETF UK

Trip to Terezín

Terezín II.On Tuesday the 15th of December 2020, the International Department of the Protestant Theological Faculty organized a trip for the foreign students of the Faculty to the former Ghetto and concentration camp in Terezín (Theresienstadt). This might look like a rather unusual activity for the time of Advent, but these days provided the best conditions for meetings in groups as far as the COVID-19 restrictions were concerned. We even had an opportunity to ask our friends and colleagues from other Faculties to join us. Continue reading Trip to Terezín

„Ecumenical“ orientation programme for incoming Erasmus students at Prague theology faculties. Protestant and Catholic Theological Faculties join forces

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESEvery year incoming Erasmus exchange students at the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University (PTF) can look forward to a two-week orientation programme immediately before the start of the winter semester organised by the PTF International Office. In addition to practical and administrative information about their stay in Prague (registering as students, choosing and enrolling for courses, using public transport, healthcare and insurance, etc.) the programme also includes an intensive beginners’ course in the Czech language (four hours every morning), and visits to places of cultural and historical interest in Prague. Continue reading „Ecumenical“ orientation programme for incoming Erasmus students at Prague theology faculties. Protestant and Catholic Theological Faculties join forces

The Coronavirus and the Prague Theology Faculty

ETF-budova-01Like everyone and everything else, the Prague Theology Faculty was heavily affected by the coronavirus epidemic. The Faculty building in Cerna Street remained practically empty from mid-March to mid-May 2020. However, students, teachers, and other staff continued working from home. Students also found time to help those affected by the coronavirus restrictions. Continue reading The Coronavirus and the Prague Theology Faculty