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CATs on Community

Friday, March 27th, 2009

This week’s morning prayers were led by two of our CAT students – Olha (Ukraine) and Nathanael (Belgium). They were looking at various ways we encounter God and worship him. One of the days focused on meeting God in the life of the Christian community, and also involved some responses of the fellow CAT students.

At the beginning we as CATs didn’t think about building community at all. Actually for some of us it was even a new word! But God worked in us and taught us how to be changed and shaped by living in Building G. He is changing our characters. Sometimes it is hard, but by this means he teaches us how to be flexible, sensible and humble. Here are the reflections of some CATs about what it means personally for them. (more…)

Moles and Research Students

Friday, January 30th, 2009

It’s really busy here!! Research Colloquium is taking place, and the next week sees the beginning of our February Intensives for the masters level students. It may be a bit overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time and it takes you five minutes during our usual 10.30 Coffee time to swim through the Guest Lounge towards Yulia and Zhenya to get your drink. But it is wonderful to sense all these energies directed to various research fields, to see all the faces of the friends and to hear the updates of what is happening in various parts of the world from which our students and supervisors come. And just to enjoy the fun of spending time together, in and out of the Colloquium!

To those of you who are not on campus at the moment, perhaps the following entry might give a feel of the fun.  These are the musings of David McMillan, one of our Research students, currently with us on campus. Enjoy!

Each morning on the way to breakfast I stop and do a quick count of the number of mole hills in the garden at the rear of F Building.  I’m intrigued by them because where I come from we aren’t troubled by moles.  They must be distant cousins of the snake and decided to make a run for it when St Patrick drove the snakes out of my native island, Ireland. (more…)

Back at IBTS

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

The academic year has resumed! Everybody’s back and studying hard (so we hope). Here’s a piece from Olha, one of the CAT students from Ukraine, reflecting on her time home for Christmas vacation and returning back to IBTS and Building G where the CATs reside.

11th of January, 06.00 in G building. I hear a loud noise. “We are the champions!” That’s the boys singing, or rather, screaming. They have just arrived. CATs are gathering after their Christmas vacation…

During my Christmas holidays in Ukraine, I have been asked a lot of questions about my study at IBTS, such as, “Are you going to be a pastor? No? So, why do you need to study theology?” Or, “Who was teaching you English? Phil and Nancy? Are they Ukrainians? Ah they aren’t – so how could you understand them if they don’t speak Ukrainian?” Or, “How is it possible to live in one building with 16 students from different countries and have friendly relationships?” After this last question I’ve realised that community life is the most important part in the CAT programme. It is hard, strange and inconvenient, but it is wonderful, unusual and fun! (more…)

Being sentimental

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

I don’t really know about other people, but I always get very sentimental around this time of the year. Somehow everything gets bitter-sweet taste of sadness and nostalgia. And today’s gray ‘November weather’ outside does not really help the mood. Even a tiny bit of snow and sunshine would certainly be appreciated!

Christmas is much connected to the past. Family, friends, some short meetings with different people – everything suddenly becomes alive. A few favourite songs on internet Christmas radio sinks you deeper into this sea of memories…   (more…)

The joys of parenthood (Part 1)

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Some time ago, Phil has written about his first impressions of working with CAT students. A couple of months later, Alex follows up with her Part 1. (We shall look forward to Part 2!)

CAT students entertaining other students in their living room

CAT students entertaining other students in their living room

Our CAT ‘children’ have been at IBTS for nearly a whole semester and now the time is drawing near for many of them to return to their own countries and homes for Christmas holidays. I think that the end of semester calls for some time of reflective on Phil and my roles as CAT ‘parents’. 🙂   It must be said that it has been a great first semester from our point of view. Our CATs are a wonderful group this year. In our first year here at IBTS (2006/7) we were constantly being told how great the CATs were, then last year again, the CAT group was a good group, so Phil and I were bracing ourselves for a monster of a group because three great CAT groups running seemed too good to be true! I was imagining all the personality clashes that would be going on, all the fights, all the trauma and angst that might be awaiting us… but, so far, so good! This group are the kindest to each other that we have seen in our time here, and they are not cliquey but enjoy spending time together. Many in the group are amazing at serving others, as well as contributing to wider IBTS and SVCC life.   (more…)

Trip to Elstal

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Trips to another country are always exciting! On November 17, all  M-level students of IBTS had an opportunity to stay for the night in the Baptist seminary in Estal (Germany). It was good to meet some students and to speak to teachers who showed us around the campus.  What we enjoyed the most, however, was visiting the library (you can see us in the background of the picture if you look carefully;) )

– Radostina et al

His story in Prague

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

November Intensives are here! The first three days of this week also contain the Hughey lectures which form the key part of the Conference on Baptists and Revival. Plus, our Moderator from the University of Wales is visiting us. So it’s rather busy!

Intensives also provide the joy of seeing our part-time students. Below is a word from Colin Symes, our MTh in Applied Theology student from Edinburgh:

What a joy to be back at IBTS again this November and a double pleasure to be here coinciding with the Hughey Lectures. It was a suprise to come to the other end of the EU and find Professor Bebbington lecturing, having come from just 40km along the motorway from home in Edinburgh. (more…)

Our residential student community

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

We are an unusual place, in many ways. One of them is that, as Parush, our Academic Dean, likes to say, our residential community reconstitutes itself each September: apart from the core group of teachers, staff, volunteers and other community members, much of the student body changes new every year, thereby giving a different ‘flavour’, which is then further enriched by part-time students, sabbaticals, and various other assorted folk who come for shorter or longer periods.

Here’s how the residential CAT and full-time M-level student community looks like this year: (more…)