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 […]

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!

“Baltic Info Days-2023” in Vilnius

ERASMUS+ coordinators gathered for “Baltic Info Days-2023” in Vilnius, Lithuania, in November 21-22, dealing with international dimension of the higher education. Development and implementation of innovative ideas through centralized actions in the higher education was preseneted by the Mr. German Bernal Rios (EC). Centralized actions aree carried out also by European Christian Academy. ECA was […]

EZA seminar “Ready for AI? – The world of work in the upcoming revolution”

An international seminar “Ready for AI? – The world of work in the upcoming revolution” was held in Sofia, Bulgaria, November 23-24, 2023. Experts from various EU countries discussed topical issues related to AI and challenges for humanity in the fast changing situation across the globe. The seminar was introduced by President of EZA Luc […]

International seminar dedicated to Caritative social work

A 3-days international seminar dealing with problems of Caritative social work was held in October 31 – November 2, 2023. Following topics were discussed: 1) inter-cultural communication and role of values in the development of Caritative social work in the 21 century; 2) practice of the Caritative social work education in different countries; 3) research […]

Rector of ECA Skaidrīte Gūtmane – professor at Klaipeda University

Senate and Council of social sciences at Klaipeda University (Lithuania) voted for awarding rector of European Christian Academy prof. Skaidrite Gūtmane as partnering professor in social sciences at Klaipeda University, June 21, 2023. Cooperation with KU lasts already 10 years – prof. Skaidrīte Gūtmane has taken active part in international conferences, presented various lecture courses, she is also vice-editor in chief of the Academic Proceedings of KU “Tiltai / Bridges”. The awarding event at the Rector’s office was attended by Prorector of sciences and studies prof. Sonata Mačiulskyte, Rector’s advisor Rita Vaičekauskaite, Dr. habil., visiting professor at ECA Elvyra Aciene. The Diploma was awarded by the Rector Prof. Artūras Razdabauskas.

EC-EZA seminar at the Academy

25.-27. maijā, 2023, Akadēmijā norisinās starptautisks EK-EZA (Eiropas Centrs Strādājošo Jautājumos) seminārs “Sociālais dialogs un ražošanas attiecības Baltijas valstīs un citās ES valstīs Eiropas Sociālo tiesību kontekstā”. Paredzētas diskusijas un darbnīcas. Tēma nozīmīga sociālajiem darbiniekiem, karitatīvajiem sociālajiem darbiniekiem, makro līmeņa speciālistiem.

Two days seminar with participants from diverse Universities on Christian social work development.

European Christian Academy was considered by Christian Social Work Association as innovative for social work development in Europe. Among social work specialists and educators from Norway, Wheaton College (USA), EHB (Germany), CHE (The Netherlands), CHAT (Poland), Partium (Romania) will give reports on Christian work innovations and foresights. European Christian Academy will report on importance of sytemic knowledge in anthropology which comes from Judeo-Christian revelation and Church fathers in Patristics. Innovation which streams from “antique” sources has become in society of risk we live in of great importance for professional client-oriented social work development in the 21st century. Reports will be given by prof. Skaidrīte Gūtmane, assist. prof. Guntis Dišlers, assist. prof. Dace Dolace. Mentioned teachers will take part in three workshops held in May 10-11, 2023, in The Netherlands. The conference is organized by University of Applied Sciences of Socoial Work (CHE) (The Netherlands). Two days together to exchange ideas, to network and to explore options for joint study programs.

EZA conference in Brussels

International conference “Workers’ organizations as motivators of social innovations” organized by EZA (European Center for Workers’) was held in Brussels, March 21-23, 2023. Participants form European Christian Academy – Rector Skaidrīte Gūtmane and Guntis Dišlers took part in the panel discussion “Innovations and industrial future in the changing world”.