КЛБІ 2015

Dear friends!

We are happy to invite you to the

"Tomos Agapis" 16th Kyiv Summer Theological University,

which will take place

in the village of Lyshnia in the vicinity of Kyiv

The topic of the University for this year will be


The annual “Tomos Agapis” Kyiv Summer Theological University, which was launched in 2003, represents alternative forms of ecumenical theological education for both clergy and lay men and women. It is named “Tomos Agapis” after the famous correspondence of Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenogores, which developed the chief ideas of the Unitatis Redintegratio Decree on Ecumenism.

The first University took place in 2003 in Holy Assumption Kyiv Monastery of Caves (Holy Assumption Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra). Then most of the professors and students were primarily from Ukraine, with an exception of a few lecturers from Moscow.

Starting from 2004, each year the University has taken place in the Orthodox spiritual, educational and social ecumenical centre “The Ark” at the parish of St. Paraskeva of Serbia (parish priest – Archimandrite Philaret (Iegorov)) in the village of Lyshnia, Kyiv region. и др.

Since 2004, the University has proceeded in the same fashion, the international representation increasing year after year. For more than ten years, during two weeks in summer it creates an informal environment for profound theology, philosophy, history and culture studies, as well as for the spiritual reunion of Christians from East and West.

Each year the University has a special topic: like Trust. Dignity. Mercy (2015), Truth. Memory. Reconciliation (2014), Witnessing: Traditions, Forms, Names (2013), among others.

Consisting of 8-10 intensive lecture courses, besides seminars and round tables, KSTU works in several directions: Ecumenical Theology, Contemporary Theology, Christian Culture, Faith in the Public Square, Christian Pedagogy. Lectures tend to alternate between general introductions and highly focused presentations that demand a suitably trained listener.

Since 2009, the Children’s Academy has become a quite significant element of the University. This program is designed for 10-15 children and teenagers aged 8-15 y.oIt includes “Open Bible” classes, liturgical classes, icon painting and art, theatre, animation, science, poetry, and even sports. As adult students are encouraged to participate as well, they get an excellent opportunity to communicate with kids, to teach and learn from them. In their turn, more mature teenagers attend some of the adult courses.

Common residence in a picturesque area, the possibility of informal communication between students, lecturers, children and guests, regular worship, common meals, the unique atmosphere of a village parochial life – all of that is an indispensable contribution to the learning process itself and to establishing friendly relations between all the participants.

Describing the progress of the University, which he could observe as a regular participant since 2004, professor Paul Valliere from Butler University (Indianapolis, the USA) commented: “From the very beginning, Lyshnia has been a special, indeed a magical place, and from the very beginning, the theological institute has been an inspired project of lay theological education. But every year, it seems, the place and the project are in even better shape than the year before. This is a project which continues to grow, to flourish and to draw a growing audience of people whose lives have been transformed by their engagement with the Kiev Summer Theological Institute”. Professor Thomas Bremer from the University of Muenster, who came here sounded alike: “It would be quite desirable that the University continues and turns into a stable institution”.

The specific topic for KSTU in 2018 is "COMMUNITY: FACES, CHALLENGES, AND VOCATIONS."

Without exaggerating one can say that community has created the very essence of manhood, humanity as such. The birth of the free and self-consious person, perhaps the highest achievement of contemporary European culture, happened in the depths of communities of ancient Israel and ancient Greece, although not without resistance, tragic conflicts and struggle. Ecclesia, i.e. the community of the called disciples of Jesus Christ, survived all communities of heathen cultures and is still conscious of itself as a community turned towards eternity. After all crises of the Middle Ages, revolutions of the Renaissance and modernity, and surviving the tragic 20th century, today the Church is confronted with new challenges and is on the threshold of transformations, the hope for which is connected with small communities. At the same time, critical phenomena in the contemporary world bring forward the task of a more careful understanding and, perhaps, reconsideration of the life of the person in a community.

In order to become a student of KSTU, please fill in the application form and write an essay on the topic "COMMUNITY: FACES, CHALLENGES, AND VOCATIONS" or on "How to Be a Christian in a Contemporary World?". The application form and the essay should be sent to the address stclementscenter@gmail.com not later than May 30, 2018.

The participants will be provided with accomodation and meals in "The Ark" spiritual, social and cultural centre. In order to compensate the expenses, they need to make a financial contribution of 500 UAH per one week.

Looking forward to seeing you in the hospitable "Ark"!


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