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.