Irregular Christian – celebrating the life of author Magda Szabó

2013. február 19., tags: szabó magda, szabo magda

Would anyone ever think that Magda Szabó, who wrote about the strictness of Christian upbringing, remembered with thankfulness her years spent in the Dóczy Reformed High School? The internationally famous author also elected for the lay president position in the Transtibiscan church district never forgot her roots. Her love for Debrecen and her Reformed identity attached to the town was never doubted, for her it remained determined.

Legacy of the Heidelberg Catechism

2013. február 14., tags: heidelberg cathechism, szűcs ferenc

Dr. Ferenc Szűcs is an emeritus professor of Systematic Theology at Károli Gáspár Reformed University, where he is a member of the theology faculty and teaches the knowledge of confessions as a part of systematic theology. This year marks the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism, one of the main confessions of the Reformed Church in Hungary. I sat down with Szűcs to discuss the important historical and spiritual role it plays in the life of the church. "Confession belongs to the living faith," Szűcs said. He explained that Christian faith is not solely a private matter, but a public one as well, because Christians belong to a community. "The Reformers described the church as a 'community on the way.' We arrive at crossroads and we have to decide where to go together." And according to Szűcs, the church confession is searching for this common way, and not simply for one denomination but for the entirety of Christianity.

A Week to Celebrate Marriage

2013. február 11., tags: richard kane, marriage week, marriage

February 10 marked the beginning of Marriage Week international, a project Richard and Maria Kane started in England in 1997. Currently, it is celebrated in 23 countries around the world, including Hungary.

Still Hope for a Peaceful Resolution in Serbia?

2013. február 07., tags: bishop election, reformed christian church in serbia, Serbia

The Synod Council of the Reformed Christian Church in Serbia (RCCS) has decided on the appeals process regarding the recent bishop election in Serbia. The Council met on 4 February regarding the appeals and voted to repeal the result of the election, said Erzsébet Csányi, Deputy Bishop of the RCCS, who at this meeting assumed the former bishop's position and responsibilities. She evaluated the circumstances, adding, "This is a situation that will not be easy to solve." To accomplish this, the Synod Council initiated the convening of a Synod meeting.

Béla Kató Installed as New Bishop in Romania

2013. február 05., tags: Romania, kató béla, transylvanian church district

Visitors from around the Carpathian Basin and beyond gathered in Cluj-Napoca, Romania to celebrate the election and installation of Béla Kató as the 46th bishop of the Transylvanian district of the Reformed Church in Romania.

Bishop Election Frustrations Continue in Serbia

2013. február 02., tags: reformed christian church in serbia

The voting drama in the Reformed Christian Church in Serbia (RCCS) concerning the election of Béla Halász continues to persist well into 2013. The Voting Committee met again on 28 January, but there was still no official announcement made.

CEC to hold Extraordinary Assembly in Budapest

2013. január 31., tags: conference of european churches (cec), assembly

The Conference of European Churches (CEC) held a press conference this week to discuss its upcoming General Assembly, which will be held in Budapest on 3-8 July. During this time, Conference members will discuss a possible organization-wide restructuring.

Director of Reformed Roma Collegium Honored with Wallenberg Award

2013. január 28., tags: holocaust, Wallenberg Award, raoul wallenberg, uhrin anikó

Anikó Uhrin, Director of the István Wáli Reformed Roma Collegium, is among the most recent recipients of the annual Wallenberg Award, presented to individuals whose life and work is dedicated to helping those living in discrimination.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Hungary and Around the World

2013. január 22., tags: week of prayer

On 20 January, the world joined together for a week of prayer as a call for community and Christian unity. The overarching theme and reflection for this year's Week of Prayer is "What does God require from us?" which finds its Biblical basis in Micah 6:6-8.

2013 Starpoint Discusses the Issue of Identity

2013. január 18., tags: starpoint, festival, youth

The upcoming Starpoint Reformed youth festival will be held in Mezőtúr, Hungary on 23-27 July with a focus on Identity – Who am I? Young adults from all over the world are encouraged to come together, participate and create a community of dialogue, all while enjoying some great music!

New Bishop Elected for the Hungarian-Speaking Reformed Community in Serbia

2013. január 15., tags: reformed christian church in serbia

It has been a long, complicated road to elect a new Bishop for the Reformed Christian Church in Serbia (RCCS), but the voting process is almost complete and they are one step closer to an official announcement. Béla Halász was elected with 23 votes to 14 over Attila Orosz.

Over A Century of Service - Synod Building of RCH

2013. január 11., tags: synod building

The Synod Building of the Reformed Church in Hungary is the central point for the Church. The Church celebrates the history of the building that has stood witness to the life and ministry of the RCH for more than a century.

"And now what are you waiting for?" – CEC and its Mission in a Changing Europe

2013. január 07., tags: assembly, conference of european churches (cec)

The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is preparing for its 14th Assembly which will be held in Budapest, Hungary from 3 to 8 July 2013. Since adopting the first Constitution, CEC has faced different challenges, and now it has reached a turning point in its history.

A Chance for a New Beginning

2012. december 17., tags: christmas

The Hungarian Reformed Church Aid reflects on the first year of service for the Life Belt programme. Launched last Advent, it a project that strives to aid families devastated by the crash of foreign exchange loans in the form of housing assistance.

The RCH Looks to 2013

2012. december 14., tags: 2013

As 2012 draws to a close, the Reformed Church in Hungary looks forward to the coming year and a continuation of the church's aim to live as Ambassadors for Christ. It also devotes itself to the planning and organization of many events on the docket for 2013, including the 450th celebration of the Heidelberg Catechism and 40th anniversary of the Leuenberg Agreement.

Wow, How Small You Are!

2012. december 14., tags: christmas

Presiding Bishop Gusztáv Bölcskei shares his thoughts on where we can find our hope in a Christmas season that is defined each year by bigger, more spectacular and more glamorous, a phenomena that stands in stark contrast to Jesus’ humble beginning.

A Real Christmas

2012. december 14., tags: christmas, real, boy, campaign

The child is coming. Advent is the time in the church to wait and prepare for the arrival of Immanuel, God with us. For the Reformed Church in Hungary (RCH), it is a time to spread the story of His birth – no small task, to be certain.

The Scottish Mission in Budapest: A Spirit of Cooperation and Tolerance, Then and Now

2012. december 10., tags: antisemitism, st columba, scottish mission, church of scotland

Aaron Stevens, pastor at St. Columba’s Presbyterian Church in Budapest, a congregation historically linked with the RCH, shared his thoughts on Jane Haining and her legacy of tolerance. The article was published last summer in the newspaper of the World Mission Council of the Church of Scotland. Haining was a missionary from the Church of Scotland who dedicated her life to the service of Jewish and Christian alike. She was taken to and later executed in Auschwitz during World War II.

Ministry among the Roma - Interview with Attila Landauer, Gypsy Studies Specialist

2012. december 10., tags: interview, roma ministry

Attila Landauer is a minority researcher. He started his academic studies in Gypsy culture in the mid 90s, and since August 2010 has been working as the coordinator of Roma minisry of the Reformed Church in Hungary. In the following interview, Mr. Landauer discusses history of Gypsy culture, their connection to Reformed church and the role of István Wáli Reformed Roma Collegium.

Candlelight Demonstration Against Racism

2012. december 06., tags: antisemitism

On Friday evening a protest demonstration was held in Debrecen, where representatives of historical churches, the local government, political parties and civil organisations gathered together to let their voices be heard against racism and hatred. At the event a speech was delivered by the Bishop of the Transtibiscan Reformed Church District, Gusztáv Bölcskei.

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