Eastern European Institute of Theology
About us
The Eastern European Institute of Theology is an academic and educational institution established to broaden and deepen research in the field of Protestant theology. It assists in the formation of competent and qualified scholars by providing quality theological education in the Eastern European context.
THE MISSION OF THE INSTITUTE
The mission of the Institute is to create an open academic and educational environment in which evangelical-Protestant theological researchers can work together to develop the evangelical intellectual culture by engaging in high-quality theological research, with the aim of producing relevant theological knowledge and facilitating its effective transmission and reproduction.
Values of the Institute

  • Evangelicalism - loyalty to the classical theological foundations of the world evangelical movement as reflected in the Lausanne Covenant (1974).
  • Academicity - intellectual autonomy and freedom in research, high-quality education, the absence of bureaucratic control, the possibility of publishing the results of academic research, and stimulating the independent cognitive activity of those who study.
  • Openness and dialogue - impartial, constructive dialogue between theology and science, teachers and students, and church and academy, aimed at solving critical theological problems.
Goals of the Institute

  • Implementing high-quality contextualized theological studies on a professional level that is recognized in the academic community, building up the intellectual potential of Eastern European Protestantism, and strengthening the social role of theology and of theological education;
  • Developing highly skilled research staff in the field of theology—carriers of the evangelical-Protestant worldview;
  • Establishing a licensed and accredited educational program in theology at both the master's (research) and doctoral (Ph.D.) levels;
  • Representing the Eastern European evangelical theological tradition in dialogue with other faith and academic traditions, in both public (public councils) and academic (specialized academic councils) structures, as well as in the international arena;
  • Carrying out educational activities in the field of evangelical Protestant theology.
History of the Institute

The Institute continues the work of the Resource and Research Center of the Euro-Asian Accrediting Association (EAAA). Established in 1997, the EAAA, from the beginning of its activity, initiated and supported various resource and research projects aimed at ensuring the quality of theological higher education, as well as developing standards and procedures for accreditation. In particular, more than 50 textbooks for theological education and other academic and educational resources were published within the framework of the translation and publishing project known as Bible Pulpit. In 2002 and 2003, conferences were held on "Theology and Theological Education in Contemporary Society," after which the conference materials were published. In 2007, the results of a joint project with OCI (Overseas Council International), "The Effectiveness of Theological Education in Ukraine," were published. And since 2003, the journal Theological Reflections has been an important platform for the publication of research results.

In 2008, because of the growing number of projects and the need for their coordination, the Association established the Slavic Resource and Research Center (SRRC), which until 2011 was directed by T. Dyatlyk. The mission of the Center was defined as facilitating the development and support of theological research, primarily in Eastern European countries, to assist local churches and theological institutions in formulating Eastern European evangelical theology. During this period new research projects were initiated, in particular about the history of the evangelical movement (A. Sinichkin and N. Belyakova) and problems of Christianity in the postmodern era (R. Soloviy). Work was also begun on the Slavic Bible Commentary, which was published in 2016.

In 2011, R. Soloviy became the coordinator of the SRRC, and between 2011 and 2017, thanks to methodological and grant support for the Center, a number of new projects were initiated and partially implemented—on the history and theology of the evangelical movement (O. Panich, M. Mokienko, O. Heichenko, K. Prokhorov, V. Kirillov), on historical and modern theology (P. Kovaliv, A. Denysenko), on state-confessional relations (Y. Reshetnikov), on the monitoring of the quality of modern evangelical educational institutions (V. Khromets, T. Dyatlyk), and on biblical studies (V. Gerasimchuk).

Between 2015 and 2017, a large-scale program called Reformation 500 (commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation) was implemented, within which four conferences (Vilnius, Ostroh, St. Petersburg, and Odesa) and six interfaith roundtables (Lviv, Kyiv, Minsk, Kishinev, St. Petersburg, and Odesa) took place, three collections of materials were published in special issues of Theological Reflections, and several books were translated and published.

In 2015, the SRRC launched an ongoing Methodological Seminar. Since then, eighteen meetings have been held with the participation of leading national theologians and philosophers. Together with the Center for the Study of Religion of the Dragomanov National Pedagogical University, SRRC co-organized six Academic and Methodological Seminars on Modern Theology. In addition, meetings of the Open Theological Seminars began in Lviv, Chernivtsi, and Odesa in 2015.