Category Archives: News from PTF

Worthwhile exchange studies!

Sofia 3The 1st of February, in the middle of the Corona pandemic, I came to Prague to study one semester at the Protestant Theological Faculty at Charles University. It seems like I brought the Swedish winter with me on my journey, since I got to experience Prague beautifully covered in snow for several days. In the middle of that, Věra Fritzová and Kristýna Kadlecová from the faculty organized a walk, passing by some historical places. That was a great start on my semester in Prague! Continue reading Worthwhile exchange studies!

Technology & religion

26d5c882-71fc-4439-be31-b42ba2e71922„Belief in technology represents a kind of modern eschatology – the belief that technology saves man and with it the world,“ says František Štěch from the Evangelical Theological Faculty of Charles University.

Mgr. František Štěch, Th.D., studied theology at the University of South Bohemia, where he taught until 2016. He gained experience at a number of foreign universities: in the Netherlands, Germany and the USA. It deals with fundamental theology, theological interpretation of the landscape and focuses on the study of the relationship between theology and new technologies. At the ETF CU, he leads an international research group dealing with the relationship between theology and contemporary culture and teaches at the Ecumenical Institute. Continue reading Technology & religion

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