• Reflections of a volunteer

    My bags are packed.  It’s almost time to go home to the UK after ten months of living here at IBTS.  It’s an emotional time right now – I’m excited about going home and reuniting with family and friends but there have been so many tearful farewells to get through… Last summer, when I retired from full-time work and made plans to come out to Prague, I wasn’t quite sure what lay ahead of me.  Come to think of it, that was a time of mixed emotions as well – excited anticipation mixed up with nerves.   I needn’t have worried though; I felt warmly welcomed from the outset and could…

  • We’re Commentable!

    Hello to all! So, now you can come back to us with your comments, questions, suggestions, and what not  🙂  -You won’t need to register with WordPress or jump through similar hoops anymore. It would be great if some of our readers would try it soon, so that we can indeed be sure commenting has become EASY! – Lina

  • United Islands of Prague

    I don’t know what’s the proper name, but I call it ‘the local’s syndrome’: if you live in some place, you are likely to be much lazier in taking advantage of the cultural or other delights that the place presents, than if you were coming for a shorter or longer visit.  I’m reminded of this each time I see one of our volunteers or a student enjoying Prague just as one should! Well, that’s certainly true about one of the music festivals which was born in the context of the Czech Republic joining the EU and has already taken place in Prague 7 times, called the United Islands of Prague.…

  • Cut backs bite deep!

    All across Europe governments are cutting back on public expenditure in the face of mounting budget deficits brought about by the bankers and their profligate lending and subsequent bailing out by taxpayers like us. Sir Fred Godwin (“Fred the Shred”), former CEO of  the Royal Bank of Scotland and his ilk, still have much to answer for. For instance, the new Czech government is planning a 10% cut in funding Universities and their Master’s programmes. However, in our case (IBTS) 10% of nothing from the Czech government is not too hard to bear. Meanwhile, celebrating HM Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday in the Thun palace (the UK Embassy in Prague)…

  • Climate Change is For Real!

    Professor Alistair Macintosh spoke to the 8th ECEN Assembly about the reality and dangers of human-induced climate change. Of the 100 most recent scientific papers all confirm the trajectory of Global warming.  Scientists now generally agree without urgent action we are on track for a 3 degree rise by 2080. Macintosh argued we have been colonized by the powers that drive climate change. Modern marketing drives consumption in excess of what is needed for dignified living. Macintosh took hold of the insights of Walter Wink – we must name, unmask and engage the Powers. We have to see the interiority of the present outer structures. So we have to engage…

  • ECEN at IBTS

    IBTS is playing host to the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) this week as they hold their 8th Assembly. ECEN is a network which IBTS has been involved in for several years. Now it is our delight to  welcome people here. There are about 75 delegates from most parts of Europe. Reflecting on the theme “Our Daily Bread: Living in a Time of Climate Change,” the Assembly has opted for a vegetarian diet – itself an unusual feature in central Europe, where meat is the main part of any diet and cooked vegetables, certainly, are an after thought. (In fact, when you go to a restaurant in Prague, you may…

  • ‘Comments here,’ but not really, apparently

    This is actually an apology – seems it has become impossible to leave a comment on entries at IBTSCommunityblog. So if you tried and had to give up, it wasn’t your skills at fault! Once again, sorry. It’ll take a few days to get this fixed, and if in the meantime you are burning with desire to comment, just forward it to me. From very hot campus – Lina

  • Dressing up

    Dressing up is good fun – and everyone at IBTS got in on the act recently. Even the chapel was festooned in “IBTS purple” looking its festive best when we celebrated the conclusion of our 61st Academic Year with the annual Graduation Ceremony.Olha Navchuk (Student President) had a question for me as we lined up in the Dining Room beforehand to process into chapel. What was the difference between the long academic robes, the black “Cambridge pattern” Masters being worn by many, the IBTS academic team gowns, the crimson red doctoral robes. Then why were the hoods different colours – purple, Mazarin blue shot red, black with red edging, yellow…