Creativity has become an important concept in recent ye

Creativity has become an important concept in recent years as it is believed to be the basis of success in business, education, arts and culture. The celebrated speaker Sir Ken Robinson criticised the education system of the Western world for placing too much significance on the cognitive development and downplaying arts. We live in a world where originality and innovation are often equated with progress and development. But is creativity always about innovation? Is creativity about producing new things, products, ideas, methods? Is it necessary to be always ‘original’?

The school of St John in Tallinn has tried to find a balance between tradition and innovation in its pedagogical work. In many ways, it has followed the lead of Arvo Pärt in whose creative work we see the return to the sacred roots of music but without abandoning the modernist expression. We hope that the dialogue between Orthodox theology, the various humanities, as well as psychology will allow to find some novel approaches to the problem of creativity and education and inspire educators and creative people. This conference proposes an interdisciplinary approach to creativity. We invite psychologists, researchers and practitioners in education, theologians and creative persons to reflect on eternal creativity of the Divine and human creativity.

Our investigation of creativity will be incomplete without the contribution of the artists, writers and composers, who produce creative work and are inspired by the spirituality of the Orthodox church. is believed to be the basis of success in business, education, arts and culture. The celebrated speaker Sir Ken Robinson criticised the education system of the Western world for placing too much significance on the cognitive development and downplaying arts. We live in a world where originality and innovation are often equated with progress and development. But is creativity always about innovation? Is creativity about producing new things, products, ideas, methods? Is it necessary to be always ‘original’?

The school of St John in Tallinn has tried to find a balance between tradition and innovation in its pedagogical work. In many ways, it has followed the lead of Arvo Pärt in whose creative work we see the return to the sacred roots of music but without abandoning the modernist expression. We hope that the dialogue between Orthodox theology, the various humanities, as well as psychology will allow to find some novel approaches to the problem of creativity and education and inspire educators and creative people. This conference proposes an interdisciplinary approach to creativity. We invite psychologists, researchers and practitioners in education, theologians and creative persons to reflect on eternal creativity of the Divine and human creativity.

Our investigation of creativity will be incomplete without the contribution of the artists, writers and composers, who produce creative work and are inspired by the spirituality of the Orthodox church.