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Precious memories and benefits from archaeological expeditions in the Holy Land

Precious memories and benefits from archaeological expeditions in the Holy Land

In May 27, 2024, we gathered in the “Byzantine cabinet” at the Academy around memories from archaeological expeditions in the Holy Land, started 30 years ago. It was in 1944 when staff and students of the Academy were invited to join unique archaeological expeditions first in Emmaus / Latroun followed by digs in Geshur. Expeditions were hosted by the Rockefeller Museum, Jerusalem, and supported by Israel Antiquities Authority. In the picture – Rector of the Academy is holding unique reliquy from those days – map of the Holy Land received from pro. Israel Flackenstein (Israel) and prof. Eero Junkaala (Finland). It was thrilling beginning of invaluable and unforgettable period in the history of the Academy when we were enriched by splendid interdisciplinary knowledge in archaeology, theology and art.

Icon exhibitions in Riga and Skulte

Society “Latvian Iconographers” gathers graduates from European Christian Academy, its core are twelve most gifted young artists. They have opened exibition in Skulte ev. lutheran Church in outskirts of Riga presenting diversity, harmony and beauty of Iconographic ornaments. Authors – Agnese Vasiļevska – also our teacher at the Academy, Evija Rudzīte – very talented and […]

Students’ conference on Biblical arts

We are approaching the end of the study year, and in May 20, 2024. the annual students’ conference at the Academy was held on “Semantics of the Church art”. Very interesting presentations – “Hierotopy and interior of the church building”, “Hierophany and hierotophy”, “Theory of perception of perspective by R.Raushenbach”, “Linear and reverse perspective”, “Proportion […]

Icon exhibition in Riga

Following Easter we are moving towards Pentecost day, often call the “birthday of Church”. Jesus says to His disciples: “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John ev. 14:26). Holy Spirit reminds […]

New books on Iconography

By the initiative of the Publish house “Neputns” two books have come out on Iconography, its history and meaning: “History of the Icon painting: 6th – 20th centuries)” and “Icon: from the Ancciet Rus to Latvia”. These are really unique publications, the first in Latvian language in academic setting. The world of icons is like vast universe attracting special; attention by those who know the art and researchers as being spiritually profound and rich in history. Staff of the Academy also took part in preparation of the publication: Juris Jefuni, Evija Rudzīte and Guntis Dišlers.

Discussion about Sustainable Development Goals between specialists from different universities

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) deal with questions related to to the need to integrate topics of community social work practice in Social work education. In the context of the Social Work Month several analytical articles are being created and discussed together with academic from the VID Specialized University (Norway) and Klaipeda University (Lithuania). In the focus of attention – already achieved and current values in Social entrepreneurship in the European Union and their special role for specification of the social work tasks in implementing of the European Social Policy. Valuable discussions, valuable sharing and very fruitful cooperation between universities!

World Social Work Day was at European Christian Academy

In March 13, 2024, the World Social Work Day was celebrated at European Christian Academy. The theme year is “Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change”, which is rooted in the Global Agenda and emphasises the need for social workers to adopt innovative, community-led approaches that are grounded in indigenous wisdom and harmonious coexistence with nature. The approach resonates with social work values. Today social work needs new approaches, action platforms, and social workers must be informed about the meaning of the indigenuous wisdom. New ways are necessary to lift the micro level social work on the level of the mezzo and macro social work and bridges between micro and macro practice should be built and envisaged in structural changes. The principle Buen Vivir is important today when we must jointly build an eco-social world. It means harmonious, balanced life concept rooted in anthropology and ethical values: mutuality and solidarity with the world, with everything that is above, under and next to us – participation; understanding how elements of reality match each other harmoniously; supplementing with care for diverse opinions.

This is exactly what the Academy does by offering social workers ancient knowledge about clients – created by God in the first place who are in need for mutuality, respect. Thank you all participants! Thank you for your presentations, discussions and joy to be together!

“SOCIAL WELFARE” – ACCREDITED!

Happy news – evaluation and international accreditation of the study branch “Social welfare” and all its Bachelor and Master study programs at European Christian Academy is accomplished with positive results! Glory to God!

First Christmas greetings – from Latvian Parliament

With joy we have received Christmas greetings from Deputy speaker of the 14th Saeima (Latvian Parliament) Dr. Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica. Especially we are pleased that Dr. Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica has graduated from European Christian Academy.

Appreciation of the work done at the Academy and by prof. Skaidrīte Gūtmane

Rector of European Christian Academy prof. Skaidrite Gūtmane has received Letter of the Apostolic Blessing from Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, in December 8, 2023. The Letter is an exclusive sign of appreciation after 30 years of both research and educational work carried out at the Academy since 1993, especially in the […]

SUMMER SCHOOL IN ICON PAINTING – IN AUGUST 2023!

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European Christian Academy in AUGUST 14-20, 2023, organizes SUMMER SCHOOL IN ICON PAINTING to go through all phases of Icon painting starting from preparation of the Icon board until the final varnish of the ready painting. Summer School provides theoretical and practical basis for canonical Icon painting.
Date and venue: August 14-20, in Jūrmala (Latvia), Bulduri (address: Vienības prospekts 23), in European Christian Academy.
Training fee: 250 EUR + materials.

Icon Painting Summer School – August 2020!

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Latvian Christian Academy in AUGUST 10-16, 2020, organizes SUMMER SCHOOL IN ICON PAINTING to go through all phases of Icon painting starting from preparation of the Icon board until the final varnish of the ready painting. Summer School provides theoretical and practical basis for canonical Icon painting.
Date and venue: August 10-16, in Jūrmala (Latvia), Bulduri (address: Vienības prospekts 23), in the premises of Latvian Christian Academy.
Training fee: 250 EUR + materials.

Icon Painting Summer School – August 2019!

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Latvian Christian Academy in AUGUST 19-25, 2019, organizes SUMMER SCHOOL IN ICON PAINTING, in which there is possibility to go through all phases of Icon painting – starting with the preparation of Icon board until the final varnish of ready painting. Summer School provides theoretical and practical basis of canonical Icon painting.
Date and venue: August 19-25, in Jūrmala (Latvia), Bulduri (address: Vienības prospekts 23), in the premises of Latvian Christian Academy.
Training fee: 250 EUR + materials.

Award for succesful ERASMUS+ implementation.

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In December 8, 2017, Latvian Christian academy was awarded for successful implementation of the ERASMUS+ mobility studies program. As we all know, ERASMUS is celebrating 30 years  in 2018, whereas in Latvia we have it for 18 years.ERASMUS+ has given an opportunity to ensure both students’ and teachers’ mobility across Europe, as well promoted involvement […]