Martina Wasserloos-Strunk, a German political scientist and member of many WCRC groups, lead participants in Budapest in a seminar about human migration. Participants came from a variety of backgrounds and bonded in a day-long seminar about the challenges and opportunities that come with refugee integration in Europe.
Participants at a meeting for reformed university students were recently reminded that they are not alone in their faith and that God has a plan for all of us. Students came from all over the Carpathian Basin to ÁrAdás to be in fellowship with one another.
Schools with a reformed religious tradition can be found throughout the country, where people help especially disadvantaged students close the educational gap with their peers. The pastors and elders of the congregations take part in the work too, and there are also schools where reformed Roma students help. We talked to the leader of the closing the gap program of the RCH, Krisztina Nagy.
During the RCH’s Reformation Jubilee, members of the worldwide reformed church family recorded encouraging messages for the Hungarian church. To strengthen the global network of reformed churches, leaders from denominations in Asia and the Americas gathered to share inspirational words of wisdom with the RCH.
New jobs have been created near the Romanian-Serbian border due to the Church Farmers Market Network, and a sense of hope has also come to the members of the Reformed congregation, in an area where Catholics are the majority. The reformed congregations in Kiszombor and Maroslele want to develop themselves through agriculture, but the program is agricultural in many ways. In this season of rebirth, may the seeds of love fall not only into the soil, but also into the hearts of townspeople.
A regional CEC consultation on future of Europe recently took place in Edinburgh, and the RCH was there to weigh in. RCH Ecumenical Officer, Balázs Ódor, attended the meeting and provided an important voice from Central Europe to the discussion. The next regional consultation of CEC will take place in November 2017 in Prague, and Ódor will play a prominent role in the gathering.
In celebration of the International Roma Prayer Day on April 8, 2017, the RCH is pleased to share the following prayer, written in partnership with the PCUSA , and with our Roma brothers and sisters in mind. The prayer aims to encourage all people to work for acceptance and love in the world like Jesus did.
The Reformed University Chaplaincy of Szeged celebrates its tenth birthday and is organizing a meeting in the Carpathian Basin. The program started as a small Bible study but has now grown into a flourishing congregation. At the Starpoint Youth Festival two years ago the congregation held interactive events at a program venue related to the theme of growing up, and they will be an active presence at this year’s Starpoint in July.
Members of the Eurodiaconia Marginalization and Exclusion network gathered in Budapest for their meeting hosted by the Reformed Church in Hungary. The group spoke about child poverty issues and did a field visit at Kalunba Social Services Ltd., the RCH’s implementing partner for refugee integration.
Representing 100 churches and 30 countries, over 100 synod members from the churches of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) met from 10-12 March in Bern, including two RCH representatives. The meetings theme was “Being Protestant in the House of Religions” and focused on how the Christian faith acts with regard to other religions.
The RCH’s Theological Faculty of Károli Gáspár Reformed University recently held a conference in partnership with Interserve about persecuted Christians and the church’s mission. Members of the theological school, as well as church leaders, were in attendance to learn more about international mission work.
János Arany, famous Hungarian poet and quiet revolutionary, was recently honored posthumously for his famous poem, The Bards of Wales, as part of the 200th anniversary of his birth. The tale, based off a Welsh legend, was written in 1857 after the unsuccessful Hungarian Revolution of 1848 as an act of civil resistance.
The RCH’s refugee integration work, done in partnership with Kalunba Nonprofit Ltd, has been spotlighted in a recent Social Platform case study report regarding “social investment.” Social Platform spoke with the RCH Diaconal Office’s current Head of the Unit for Refugee Integration, Ms. Dora Kanizsai-Nagy, about the work being done in Hungary.
Members from five protestant denominations gathered February 4 for the second annual Protestant Roma Mission Conference, which took place at a Baptist congregation in Budafok. More than 300 people were in attendance and spent the day together in faith discussing what it takes to fly, like in Isaiah 40:31.
As part of the celebrations surrounding the 500th year of the Reformation, the St. Thomas Boys’ Choir of Leipzig will be performing on March 16 at the Great Church in Debrecen. The concert is one of the highlights of the programming planned by the RCH’s Reformation Memorial Committee for 2017.
The Transcarpathian Reformed Church has begun a new initiative during the Year of Reformation, titled The Children of Reformation, which aims to support family planning in local congregations. The program aims to celebrate the Reformation in a way that encourages familial growth and will bring new life to the region.
Ildikó Enyedi's "On Body and Soul" is the winner of the Berlinale 2017. The film not only carried off the Golden Bear but also the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, in addition to the Prize of the International Film Critics Association Fipresci.
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.