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10th Consultation:  Tartu, Estonia

28 May-1 June 2008


Rev Naatan Haamer (Organiser of the 10th Consultation) has now sent out the second letter of invitation

Tartu Academy of Theology
1A Ujula Street,
51008 Tartu

December 2007


I wish you a peaceful beginning of the new church year! The calendar year is ending as well and it is time to think about next year. We remind you that we are looking forward to welcoming you to Tartu in the last week of May 2008. With this letter we give you the latest information about our 10th Consultation. The Committe met in Leuven in Belgium at the beginning of October and decided that the most important questions we face at the current time are connected with Bioethics. We have decided that the theme of the Consultation in Tartu will be “From quality to sanctity of human life”. Together we will try to step closer towards understanding the sacredness of life and using this understanding in our everyday work. I am enclosing a copy of the programme.

In addition to the papers and discussions we will also offer you moments for prayer. There are opportunities for morning prayers and mass. In cooperation with the hotel we have found three special rooms for doing this – there are separate rooms for Roman Catholic, for Orthodox and for Protestant.

  Johannes Church

We will also have time to gather for ecumenical services in Tartu Johannes Church, which is unique in Europe with its sculptures made of terracotta (burnt clay). Both the interior and the exterior of the church are covered with numerous decorative details.

There will also be time for a walk in the old City of Tartu. We want to offer you the chance to see and experience fragments of the rich folklore and beautiful nature of Southern Estonia. Especially interesting are bog-landscapes which are quite rare in contemporary Europe.

As you already know from the previous letter, we will meet in Tartu from 28th May to 1st June 2008>. Our meeting and living place will be the very new and comfortable Hotel Dorpat in the very centre of Tartu. The hotel is situated very close to the bus-station. Unfortunately there aren't yet international flights to Tartu's airport and because of that it will be necessary to use the flights to Tallinn or to Riga (in Latvia) and continue by bus from there. There is an excellent bus connection between Tallinn and Tartu, so we hope your journey to Tartu will be quite easy. You will find more exact information about travel to Tartu here.

The consultation in Tartu will be organised in cooperation with the Network Committee and the Tartu Academy of Theology (TAT), which is a member of the Network and the only educational institution in Estonia which has a pastoral care programme on the curriculum. The committee has decided the fee for the conference this year will be €400 Euros. The fee covers participation in consultation, accommodation, catering (food) and all other expenses in connection with our meeting.

The Network Committee will propose two changes to the constitution. We need to give at least 3 months notice of this. A short paper describing the changes is enclosed.

We hope that your church, chaplaincy organisation or association will be able to be present. Since this is a consultation and not an open conference the
Network Committee asks that no more than 2 representatives attend from each organisation.

We will put more information about the consultation as it becomes available on our website:

See You in Tartu!

In the name of the Tartu Academy of Theology
and the organizers of 10th Consultation.

Naatan Haamer

Download a copy of the registration Form


Organiser of the Consultation, Rev Naatan Haamer (Estonia) invites representatives to the consultation

Midsummer Greetings from Tartu!

Over a year has passed since our last meeting in Lisbon. I give my thanks to Fr  Nuno, who reminded us of those beautiful moments with his letter. Now has come the time to think about our next meeting. In Lisbon we agreed that the ENHCC 10th Consultation would take place in Tartu. Now I would like to say welcome to everyone to Estonia and Tartu from 28 May to 1 June 2008 for the ENHCC 10th Consultation

Tartu []with approximately 100,000 inhabitants is the second city by size in Estonia after the capital, Tallinn. Tartu is also a historical university city and has been, over the centuries, the centre of culture and research. Here is the opera-theatre “Vanemuine” – the oldest in Estonia. The University of Tartu was founded in 1632. The University of Tartu is the oldest and most venerable higher education institution in Estonia and one of the oldest and best-known universities in the entire north and east of Europe. [University of Tartu website]
But in Tartu are also other universities – the Academy of Agriculture, Higher Art school etc. One of them – Tartu Academy of Theology is the partner in organizing our conference.

We would like to welcome you to Tartu city centre's newest hotel, called “Dorpat” – one of the historical names of Tartu.
[Dorpat Hotel website] The hotel is located close to the city bus station. We want to make your arrival and stay as comfortable and pleasurable as possible.

We hope that the dates of our meeting will suit with your plans and we all can meet in Tartu for the ENHCC 10th Consultation

The ENHCC 10th Consultation is to use this
e-mail address:

Postal address:
Tartu Academy of Theology
Ujula 1a
51008 Tartu

+3727420958 (Tartu Academy of Theology)
+3725525024 (Naatan Haamer)

Hope to hear from you soon!
Best regards.

Naatan Haamer
ENHCC 10th Consultation Organiser

Naatan has taken some more pictures of Tartu
[Look at the pictures]