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Tolle Lege Institute joined Refo500

On December 1 our Institute has joined Refo500, an international platform for knowledge, expertise, ideas, products and events, specializing in the 500 year legacy of the Reformation.

Worldwide, more than 120 partners have joined Refo500 and the number of partners is still growing. Partners collaborate in order to offer a program and to tell the story of the Reformation. Refo500 partners include Protestant and Catholic organizations, churches, universities, museums, cities, publishers, and so on. Among some of its members are: Boston University, Westminister Theological Seminary (East and West), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as University of Warsaw, University of Wrocław, Christian Theological Academy in Warsaw.

Refo500

Benefits

Our membership in this international platform will allow for promotion of our events and publications internationally and will give special access to the events organized by other member institutions around the world.

More information

For more information and updates go to Refo500 website. The contact person for in our institute is Dr. Dariusz M. Bryćko:

Dariusz.Brycko[@]TolleLegeInstitute.org

Photo of John Calvin's painting in Tolle Lege Institute

The Tolle Lege Institute

Faith Seeking Understanding

The Tolle Lege Institute exists to promote the study of Reformation history and theology.

Our foundation was established in the U.S. in 2007, and since 2016 it has also had a presence in Poland. Our primary mission is to disseminate and deepen knowledge about the 16th-17th history, theology, culture and art of the Reformation, particularly the historic confessions of Reformed and Presbyterian churches. To accomplish this goal, we operate a reading room and a bookstore.

Reason

As a research subject, for many years the Reformation was largely ignored by Polish academia. On the eve of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, we are seeing a revival of interest in the subject.

The Tolle Lege Institute is seeking to address this growing interest by making available a broad range of Polish- and English-language materials that will be useful to researchers. Our collection of primary and secondary sources covers both the Reformation in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of the 16th-18th centuries – which was stronger than many today might suspect – and around the world.

Faith

The institute also serves readers who are interested in exploring the rich heritage of Reformed spirituality and theology. Our exhaustive collection of the most important confessional documents and theological and devotional works allows our guests to encounter the spiritual world of the Reformation and the historic confessions that sprang from it. Visitors can also get to know the heritage of Protestant culture and art in the form of hymnals, catechetical materials, literature, poetry and classics of English-language writing.

Confessional Protestant theology

Systematic, historical, philosophical and moral theology; classic works and writings by contemporary Reformed theologians.

The Reformers and church history

From the Early Fathers, through the writings and history of the European and Polish Reformation and Reformed confessions.

Commentaries and Bible study tools

A broad collection of Protestant Bible commentaries and other exegetical and hermeneutical tools: dictionaries, concordances, atlases and online resources etc.

Reformed spirituality

Devotional tracts, catechisms, hymnals, psalters, prayer books and other key texts of Protestant (particularly Reformed) culture.

Reading Room

Library collection

Our collection of books comprises more than 3,000 titles, the vast majority of which were unknown or unavailable in Poland until now. Visitors to the center can also purchase books published by the Institute and by selected other publishing houses as well as access vast digital collection such as: Logos, Puritan hard-drive, etc.

Our space

The reading room operates on the principle of open access: guests are free to browse our collection, and Institute staff will be glad to assist you with any questions. You are free to conduct research, use our photocopier and scanner and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.

Tolle Lege Institute's reading room

Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 12 – 5 p.m.

Address and directions

  • Tolle Lege Institute
  • ul. Mińska 62 No. 5
  • 03-828 Warsaw

The Institute is based in Warsaw’s Praga-Południe district, near SWPS University and Soho Factory, and just 20 minutes from downtown Warsaw. The Mińska bus stop, located in front of the center, is served by lines 123, 173 and 202, and is three stops from Warsaw East Station (Dworzec Wschodni, ul. Lubelska side).

The Gocławska and Praga Południe-Ratusz tram stops are a bit further away – just under 10 minutes’ walk – and are served by lines 3, 6, 22 and 26.

Please stop by!

Publishing

In addition to making our book collections available, the Institute also publishes translations of Reformation classics.

“The Puritans”

This is our first publication, presenting for a Polish audience the main figures of 16th-17th century Puritanism, their lives and most important works.

This is an invaluable guide to the world of the Puritans, who played a significant role in shaping the American value system. Anyone who wants to understand the roots of America and its ambivalent relationship to the English metropolis should find space on their reference shelves for this volume. The careful editing, a fitting tribute to the Puritan work ethic, is also something to be treasured.

Professor Zbigniew Lewicki, Warsaw University, author of The History of American Civilization, 1607-1789

Tolle Lege Institute's bookstore

One of the lectures organized by Tolle Lege Institute

Academic work

The Institute also organizes lectures, workshops and academic conferences dedicated to the Reformation and to Protestantism.

The Tolle Lege Institute is doing important work in translating significant Reformed material into Polish. Poland produced notable Protestants at the time of the Reformation but has on the whole been dominated by Roman Catholicism now for many years. Tolle Lege are helping to address this theological imbalance and provide thoughtful Christians with excellent historic resources.

Dr. Carl Trueman, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA

Governing Bodies

The Tolle Lege Institute is overseen by a six-member Supervisory Board, comprising: Steven W. Auld, Paul Fields, Gordon S. Query, Michał Rogatko, David J. Van De Water and Kenneth B. Wingate.

The president of the foundation is the Rev. Dr. Dariusz M. Bryćko, a graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary and a pastor in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Filip Łapiński, a student at the University of Warsaw, serves as an intern.

The president of the Tolle Lege Institute foundation - Rev. Dr. Dariusz M. Bryćko