On Friday evening I was invited to travel to the outskirts of Prague to a house Eucharist hosted by one of the colleagues at the Protestant Theology Faculty of Charles University, Rev. Dr. Ivana Noble and her husband Tim (right of photo). Ivana is a Hussite priest (the Hussite church in Prague is not a Protestant church going back to John Hus, but a 20th century offshoot of the Roman Catholic Church that ordains women – obviously – and follows a similar liturgy and spirituality as Anglican, Lutheran and Catholic churches today). Both Ivana and Tim are spiritual directors and teachers, and Ivana chairs the Ecumenical Institute of the Protestant Faculty. On the left of the photo is Peter Stephens, Faculty Erasmus Coordinator, Office for International Relations
Charles University in Prague, Protestant Theological Faculty, and Ivana and Tim’s friend Dana, who is an attorney working for an NGO advocating for disabled children. (Missing from the photo is my other chief host, Věra Fritzová, who works in the Office for International Relations with Peter. Fortunately, I was able to have a lovely breakfast with Věra at the Café Louvre in Prague on Thursday. Peter and Věra are the primary contacts for our student exchange programs with our Columbia Seminary in the U.S.