Following months of dedicated work, the RCH and Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER) have cooperated on a Country Program (CP) for Hungary to be in effect from 2017-2020. This is the second CP between the two organizations and will focus on the RCH’s Roma Mission as well as the Refugee Integration.
“Hungary wants to become a centre for organisations working to combat the persecution of Christians”, the Ministry of Human Capacities’ Parliamentary State Secretary declared at an international conference entitled: “New Opportunities for Solidarity in the Interests of Discriminated Christian Communities”.
In over twenty countries around the world, the second week of February is celebrated as Marriage Week – a time to encourage and celebrate marriage as an institution. The initiative was started by a couple in the United Kingdom in 1997 and has been growing worldwide since then, with this year marking the 10th anniversary of the celebrations in Hungary.
During the 500th anniversary of the Reformation celebrations in Debrecen, guests both local and international gathered together to give testimony to the influence of the Reformation in their lives. Speakers from around the world reflected on the question, “What does Reformation mean for me and my community?”
Roma and non-Roma children play together in a village where the adults are full of animosity. While people may lash out at one another outside, the church is a place of peace. The magical cooperation of civilian volunteers and the local congregation seems to almost be God’s answer to the prayers of the community: the “Sheep of Pátka” children’s home.
Guests from around the world gathered in Debrecen, Hungary at the end of January to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, as well as the 450th anniversary of the Debrecen Synod. The ecumenical program occurred side by side with the RCH programming, bringing an international perspective to the theme of Reformation.
The end of January will see a large group of international church partners arriving in Hungary to join the celebrations for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Those in attendance will travel to Debrecen for the opening of the RCH’s Reformation year and will participate in a full ecumenical program.
It is a historical fact that the Reformation movement had an ambiguous attitude towards works of fine art as a form of expressing faith, and yet, an art exhibition of the works of Lajos Szalay will be a core component to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in Debrecen.
The story of the Reformation in Hungary is one 500 years in the making, and a new video from Debrecen Reformed Theological University spotlights this in the city of Debrecen. The city has been chosen as a City of Reformation for the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation due to its prominence in Reformed church life in Hungary. Here, the university spotlights important events in Hungarian Reformed history with ties to Debrecen.
Dr. István Szabó, Presiding Bishop of RCH, recently traveled to Switzerland to celebrate HEKS’ 29th annual Eastern Europe Day. Bishop Szabó gave the keynote speech, discussing social responsibility in light of the Reformation.
In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Debrecen has been selected as a City of the Reformation. Debrecen’s rich connections to the Reformation date back to the 1520’s and continue to inform Hungarian reformed life today. A new website created by the RCH aims to showcase the historic roots of the Reformation in Debrecen through an interactive map of the city and a Reformation Walking Tour.
The RCH has been working with refugees since 2006, and in the beginning of 2017 the Refugee Ministry was reorganized in order to have a bigger impact on clients in need. The ministry now falls under the umbrella of the RCH Diaconal Office and partners with a local implementing partner, Kalunba Social Services Ltd, in the work to integrate recognized refugees into life in Hungary.
National elections took place in the Reformed Christian Church in Serbia at the end of 2016 and the Bishop’s Office has announced the results of the elections recently.
House Speaker László Kövér opened Hungary’s memorial year marking the 500th anniversary of Reformation in Europe in Budapest’s Palace of Arts (Müpa) on Friday.
Debrecen Reformed Theological University, in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 and Debrecen’s role as a City of the Reformation, has produced a video highlighting the connections between the city and the Reformation.
We look back a year of fulfilling partnerships and vital church initiatives. Over the last year, the RCH has been involved in global efforts to spread Christ’s love to the world in tangible ways.
In this week leading up to the celebration of the birth of our Saviour we cannot turn away from the continuing turbulence and unbridled violence ravaging our world, writes Chris Ferguson as he, on behalf of the World Communion of Reformed Churches, calls to prayer for peace.
The government has decided to grant an extra 54 billion forints (EUR 173m) from this year’s state coffers to church-run schools and kindergartens.
Christmas Message to the Congregations and Institutions of the Hungarian Reformed Church.
As 2017 comes closer, the RCH and the Hungarian city of Debrecen prepare for Reformation celebrations. Debrecen has been chosen as a City of Reformation for the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation and is busy preparing festivities for the coming year. The RCH is also preparing to celebrate the 450-year anniversary of the Hungarian Reformed Church in 2017, one that will tie into Reformation celebrations in Hungary.