• What can we change?

    This week, we’ve started our Environment month – and being a month, it will run for four weeks, but this first week has been especially focused on environment for our CAT students as their lectures were all on creation care. We were glad to have Dr John Weaver of South Wales Baptist College with us for these lectures, and today the CATs shared some of their own reactions (very positive and enthusiastic – even more so than some other years) to what they’ve been exploring throughout the week. Some of those reactions are ‘postable’ in terms of format, so we thought you may enjoy them too. Here comes the first…

  • American Spaghetti

    Quite often, we get people who come to IBTS to spend their sabbatical or research time. It can be as short as several days, but some stay for a longer period of time, and that’s the case with a lovely couple from the US, Josh and Alison, who have become a part of our community for the whole academic year. We’ve already become good friends and are enjoying different ways they take part in community’s life (including Josh playing our bongos!). Here’s a little snapshot from their blog where Alison describes preparing a supper for our weekly Bible study for CATs (full version can be found here): [I had to]…

  • Lake Baikal and its seals

    For our yesterday’s EMPTy spot (a more or less weekly pausing to reflect on some aspect of creation care), we talked about the gift of water and watched this lovely video of the seals who live in the Lake Baikal – the oldest and deepest lake in the world. (I didn’t even know there were seals living in fresh water – turns out there are three types!) Folk in the Chapel clearly enjoyed it, so we thought those who are not on campus might too. – Lina

  • Being encouraged

    At the close of the SICRIE workshop, participants were invited to take part in Sunday worship in some church in Sofia. Eight of us, on the invitation of the Revd Theodor Oprenov, worshipped together with the Baptist community at the First Baptist church on Osogovo street. Accidentally, the service coincided with the 130 year celebration of the Baptist movement in Bulgaria, and the preacher was Dr Neville Callam, the General Secretary of the Baptist World Alliance. Greetings were also shared by Revd Tony Peck, General Secretary of our own European Baptist Federation. Theodor (known to most as Tedy) invited also to share some of the experiences and insights learned during…

  • Contrast time, learning time

    For over a year now, IBTS, alongside other three partners from the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Northern Ireland and Lithuania has been involved in a project called SICRIE, sponsored by the EU’s Grundvig programme. The partners meet four times during the course of the project. The first meeting took place in Prague last November; another one in Northern Ireland in May of this year; and yesterday, together with other colleagues, I have returned from the third which took us to Sofia, Bulgaria. Actually, not just Sofia. Divided into three different groups, we saw Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Rila Monastery and work with Roma community in Sofia itself. Plovdiv, where I went with…