A Visit to the Academy of Christian Theology in Warsaw
In October 2023, the Head of the Doctoral Program of Tbilisi Theological Academy and Seminary, Doctor of Theology, Professor, Deacon Tsotne Chkheidze and Doctor of Theology, Professor Giorgi Andriadze were on a working visit to Warsaw Academy of Christian Theology. The visit was carried out as part of Erasmus+ exchange program of academic staff, funded by the European Commission.
Within its framework, the representatives of TTAS met with the Rector of Warsaw Academy of Christian Theology, His Eminence Giorgi (Panofsky), the member of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Poland, the Professor of the academy, Bishop Andrew (Borkowski), the Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Professor Jerzy Ostapchuk, the professors, teachers and students of the school representing various denominations. The parties spoke about the prospects of cooperation between their educational institutions in the fields of science, education and research; online meetings were planned regarding issues of interest to both parties. Within the framework of the exchange program, the representatives of Tbilisi Theological Academy and Seminary gave public lectures on the Old Testament and the Canon Law to the students involved in the programs of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Warsaw Academy of Christian Theology.
The topic of Deacon Tsotne Chkheidze’s lectures was based on the main conclusions of a theological analysis done on the Old Testament prophets’ symbolic actions. The goal of the aforementioned course was an analysis of prophetic ministry, as well as the presentation of the characteristics of the symbolic actions of the Old Testament prophets - Haggai, Shemaiah, Elisha, Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Zechariah, and the definition of the essence of prophetic symbolic actions.
The topic of Professor Giorgi Andriadze’s series of lectures was an analysis of the teaching of Christian Anthropology in the Orthodox Canonicity. The lecturer focused on the following issues: The Canonical Epistle of Saint Gregory the Nazianzus; the question of interrelation of human nature, severity of sins and penances, etc.
Within the framework of the visit, the lectures and workshops held by the professors of TTAS earned great interest and high evaluation from the side of the students, teachers and professors.
The parties have agreed that abridged versions of the speeches will be published in the scientific and theological journal of Warsaw Academy of Christian Theology, published four times a year, and in the future, the professors and doctoral students of Tbilisi Theological Academy and Seminary will have the opportunity to cooperate with the mentioned journal.
The visit carried out within the framework of the Erasmus+ program was an excellent means of professional growth and perfection of the academic level. In the theological and scientific circles of Poland, more people got to know Georgia’s leading theological institution - Tbilisi Theological Academy and Seminary. Awareness and interest in the scientific research and educational activities of our institution has increased on an international scale. This is the evaluation given by the participants of the Erasmus+ program to the mentioned visit.