ETTC programme

The European Theology Teachers Conference for 2021 will be held online. All EASTRS members are welcome to attend.

The theme is extremely current: Challenges of the Post-Corona World: Responding to Ethical, Sociological, Ecological and Digital Issues


All attendees should register via Eventbrite. Please register here.


All times are UK times.

Thursday 25 March

17:00 Keynote address
Luca Marulli (Collognes)
19:00 End of day

Friday 26 March

8:40 Devotional
Ana Džuver (Adriatic Union College)
09:00 Sigve Tonstad (Loma Linda)
Covid-19: Agony and Opportunity
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Steven Thompson (Avondale)
The Future of Buying and Selling According to Revelation in Light of Covid-19
10:00 Break
10:15 Reinder Bruinsma (Netherlands Union)
Does Covid-19 Qualify as a Sign of the Times?Download paper version
Gifford Rhamie (Newbold College)
The Racial Pandemic of Ignorance: What is Europe?
11:15 EASTRS Business Meeting
12:15 Lunch
14:00 Laurentiu Mot (Cernica)
The Great Reset Between Utopia and Programmatic Prophecy in Light of Johannine Apocalyptic Eschatology
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Hanz S. Gutierrez (Villa Aurora)
Viral Theology: Ecology, Multiculturalism, Body and God. Towards a Post-Confessional Religiosity
Elias Brasil de Souza (Biblical Research Institute):
Relevance and Implications of Joel’s Message for the Covid-19 Pandemic and Its Aftermath
15:30 Break
17:00 Friday vespers
18:30 Fellowship
19:00 End of day

Sabbath 27 March

09:00 Sabbath school
Rebirth of Planet Earth
10:00 Worship Service
What Do You Do When Your World Changes? (Laurence Turner)
11:00 Lunch
14:00 Subgroup discussions
15:00 Closing remarks
15:30 End of conference


Two members awarded Weniger award

Two members of EASTRS will receive a Charles Weniger award on February 20, 2020. Helen Pearson and Michael Pearson have been honoured for their significant contributions to the Adventist Church and Community. The award ceremony will be streamed live via the Loma Linda University Church (



Charles Elliot Weniger (1896-1964) was a professor at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in the 1950s.  He was both an inspiring teacher, who influenced an entire generation of students, and a gifted speaker. Ten years after Weniger’s death three of his friends decided to establish the Charles Weniger Society for Excellence “to honor his memory and the qualities of excellence that were paramount in his life.” For over four decades the Society has recognized, with a special award, individuals in the Adventist Church, with similar traits of character, who have made a significant contribution to the church and the world. Among the recipients of the award have been Jan Paulsen (2000), George Knight (2009), Herbert Blomstedt (2011), Bert B. Beach (2015), and T. Richard Rice (2018). Among the awardees in February 2020 were Reinder Bruinsma and Andrea Luxton. In addition to this, the Society also annually awards ten undergraduate students with a scholarship.


News from our colleges

To start the new year, we are sharing some news from the various Adventist colleges associated with Europe!


Ukrainskiy Adventistskiy Centr Vishchoi Osvity (Ukraine)

16 new theology students joined the Centre this year, making 52 students altogether in full time of education. Besides this 49 students are currently enrolled in a master’s degree accredited by Andrews University.


Zaokskaya Adventistkaya Akademiya i Institut (Russia)

This year Zaoksky welcomed 15 new theology students. Currently there ar e52 students are enrolled in all theology courses. Unfortunately, Zaoksky’s face to feace teaching we in Moldova, the Ukraine, and Kazakhstan had to be put on hold.

B.D. Protasevich, the Rector of Zoaksky, recently took part in an international conference on Theology in the scientific and educational space. After the conference, the rector gave an interview to discuss topical issues related to theology as a scientific field.

On November 4 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with representatives of various faiths, including a representative of the Adventist Church. Vladimir Putin was invited to the University.


Villa Aurora (Italy)

“I will go – Manda me” is the motto chosen by Villa Aurora for the academic year 2020-2021, which follows the motto of the General Conference strategic plan “I will go 2020”. The Adventist Institute of Biblical Culture (IACB) took its first steps in Florence in 1940, in the middle of World War II, so in this year 2020 it turns 80 years old.

The beginning of the new academic year took place under the banner of Covid-19 prevention: safety measures, distances, preventive quarantines and, starting from mid-November, a new lockdown in Tuscany with distance learning.

Despite these problems, with all the related repercussions – including economic ones – there is a lot of good news. In fact, this year there are 11 ACA students, a number that goes far beyond our expectations given the gravity of the Covid-19 situation in the USA. In addition, there are 5 new students for the faculty of theology (23 students in total). Furthermore, from January an entirely online master’s degree program will start, which will allow us to acquire 8 more students, almost all of them non-Adventists. Also from January, thanks to the means we have equipped for distance learning, we are able to carry out the second semester of the three-year degree both in presence, for students on campus, and in videoconference, for students enrolled at a distance, what which will allow us to have two more students. All these innovations are signs of God’s blessing and give us hope for the future of this institution.

Villa Aurora thanks Miguel Gutierrez, who for many years taught the Old Testament at our faculty, and who has been serving in the Dominican Republic since September. Nestor Petruk, a former teacher in Sagunto, took his place, to whom we send our best wishes.


Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen (Austria)

Bogenhofen welcomed 15 new students this year, bringing the total to 38.


Adriatic Union College Maruševec (Croatia)

On the graduation weekend, 10-11 October 2020, seven MTS students from Adriatic Union College (Marusevec) received their diplomas at the graduation ceremony held on the campus of Friedensau Adventist University. Even though due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions only four students were able to attend the ceremony in person the graduation weekend provided the rewarding and joyful conclusion of their six years long studies. The remining twelve students in that program are expected to graduate in 2021.  Since 2014. Adriatic Union College in cooperation with Friedensau Adventist University has run part-time MTS program designed to provide pastoral education for ministers and lay members of the Adriatic Union of Churches and the South-East European Union. In the words of many graduates this collaborative educational project is a testament to the importance and relevance of the Adventist theological education for pastors and lay members alike.

In the academic year 2020/2021 the Adriatic Union College  has enrolled three full-time students in BA in Theology and twelve part-time students in BA in Religion program. The study program designed for part-time students is only offered online with the purpose of providing spiritual nourishment and Adventist theological education to the non-ministerial students. The primary aim of this program is to strengthen the lay members involvement in the church life while providing a distinctive Adventist vision of theological education and mission.