The Persecuted Becoming Peacemakers

The Persecuted Becoming Peacemakers

People have a will to live even among ruins, according to Bishop István Bogárdi Szabó, who, as part of a delegation, has recently visited civil-war-torn Syria. The church leader feels that the efforts of Christians in the Middle East are exemplary, and it is now our turn to help the victims of the destruction caused by the war.

Our Church

Facts and Statistics

In Hungary, 1.15 million people claimed a Reformed affiliation in the 2011 Census, including 600,000 active in Reformed congregations.

 

Our Call

Following the call of Christ, the RCH aims to be a witness in the world, fulfilling a faithful mission and strives to live as an ever-reforming church.

 

History

For many centuries, our Reformed church has played a significant role in the historical and cultural development of Hungary.

 

Organisation

Congregations are considered the most fundamental unit of our church, based on the principle: "the church exists in its congregations."

 

Hungarian Reformed Community

The Hungarian Reformed Church is composed of the Hungarian-speaking Reformed churches in the Carpathian Basin.

 

Diaspora

The Hungarian Reformed Church (HRC) is the "mother" of many Hungarian Reformed churches and communities all over the world. 

 

Ecumenical Relations

The RCH works with different ecumenical organizations across Hungary to demonstrate its dedication to “Communion as unity in diversity."

Roma Ministry

Building a House of Reconciliation

Kép: Building a House of Reconciliation

From February 20-23, a seminar on reconciliation took place in the beautiful mountains of Mátraháza, Hungary. The aim of the workshop was to facilitate reconciliation within the Hungarian context. - Personal reflection from Stephanie Chunoo.

Take a Selfie without Makeup

The heads and mentors of the institutions participating in the joint program of the Reformed Church in Hungary (RCH) and Swiss Church Aid (HEKS) met for the first time on January 10-11, 2019. The main goal of the two-day workshop was for the pilot institutions to get to know one another, and to share good practices.

Church and Society

Mission to the People

Mission is a priority task in the life of the RCH. Through active mission, our church reaches out to every needy group in Hungarian society.

 

Diaconia

The diaconal service aims to reach people in need and motivate Reformed congregations to "Carry each other's burdens." (Gal. 6:2)

 

Institutions

The RCH fulfills its mission through maintaining certain institutions that serve not only their local communities, but people nationwide.

International Ecumenical Relations

Partnership and Co-operation

The partnership and cooperation with churches and organisations around the world, has always played a major role in the life of the RCH.

 

Coordination of Ecumenical Relations

The International and Ecumenical Committee, assisted by the Ecumenical Advisory Board, is responsible for the RCH’s ecumenical strategy.

 

Mission Coworkers

The RCH believes it is important to deepen the relationships with partner churches by inviting and welcoming mission coworkers.

 

Congregational Partnerships - Twinning

If you are interested in establishing a partnership with a Hungarian Reformed congregation, please contact us!

Middle East

An Easter Greeting from Syria

Kép: An Easter Greeting from Syria

We share the Easter greetings of Rev. Haroutune Selimian, president of the Armenian Protestant Community in Syria, in the spirit of friendship and shared hope for the future of Syria.

Young Adults at Taize Meeting in Beirut

In March, a delegation of seven young adults from the RCH attended the International Ecumenical Youth Meeting in Beirut, Lebanon.

Christian Solidarity at Test in Syria

Following the meetings in Beirut, the RCH delegation traveled to Syria to visit local congregations and church leaders in Damascus, Homs and Aleppo.

Christians in Syria: God With Us

We have been contributing to the rebuilding of a church building and a congregation centre in Aleppo, Syria.

New Level of Commitment

Kép: New Level of Commitment

RCH delegation led by Presiding Bishop István Szabó shares discussions with church leaders of the Middle East in Lebanon before visiting Syria. Bilateral memorandums were signed between the RCH and NESSL and UAECNE.

HEKS Conference on Church Cooperation

In January, HEKS held a conference in Zurich, focusing on the cooperative work with the FMEEC. Representing the RCH, Rev. Balázs Ódor led a workshop detailing the partnership and cooperation between the RCH and the churches in the Middle East through HEKS.

News

The journey with Myungsung Church continues

From April 7-9, Rev. Dr. Hana Kim of Myungsung Presbyterian Church in South Korea paid a visit to its partner, the Great Church in Debrecen, as well as to church officials of the national church of the RCH.

Hungary Helps Agency established

The Hungary Helps Agency has been established, The task of the new agency, which will be operating within the framework of the State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians.

No Growth without Revival

Kép: No Growth without Revival

“Without the renewal of hearts and reformation of our lives, every tradition fades away and new initiatives turns out to be empty,” said Presiding Bishop István in his opening address at the recent Synod meeting, where the Statement on Marriage, Family and Sexuality was reaffirmed.

Protest against Ban of National Anthem in Slovakia

The Synod Council of the Reformed Christian Church in Slovakia and the Presidium of the General Convent issued statements in protest of a recent amendment criminalizing the playing of any national anthem other than the Slovak.

Migrants in Hungary

"We encourage the people to stay"

The Reformed Alliance in Germany was one of the international partners that supported the work of Kalunba. Isabel Metzger, journalist of the reformiert-info.de, interviewed Dóra Kanizsai-Nagy, head of the Refugee Ministry.


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Reformed Church in Hungary

Address: H-1146 Budapest, Abonyi utca 21.   

PO Box: 1140 Budapest 70, Pf. 5

Phone/Fax: + 36 1 460 0708 

Email: oikumene@reformatus.hu





Our church through American eyes

 

We encourage you to read our  former GM intern Kearstin Bailey's blog about her time, spent in Hungary.