We Are Not Small

2019. június 25., tags: middle east, syria, interview, Middle East

The Reformed Congregation in Szentendre has begun building relations with a congregation in Syria. They would like to send financial aid, and perhaps, even travel to the war-torn country. We asked Rev. András Harmathy about the details.

World Refugee Day

2019. június 20., tags: refugee mniistry, conference of european churches (cec), refugee ministry, migrants, churches commission for migrants in europe (ccme)

In honor of World Refugee Day, the CCME and the CEC shared a call for partner and member churches to remember those who have died on their journey to find a dignified life in Europe. The RCH joins the international initiative.

Dare to Have Questions!

2019. június 11., tags: youth, Starpoint, starpoint

“I wish that our young people think about ways to shape our world so that it may look more like God’s Kingdom,” says Rev. Márton Járay, the keynote speaker at this year’s Starpoint Festival. Theologian and counselor, Járay experiences how God’s love surrounds him in his everyday life. This is why he is happy to speak about it at the morning lectures at this year’s festival. First we ask him.

Injustice in Tabriz

2019. június 05., tags: solidarity, rch, Solidarity

Last month, the Assyrian Presbyterian Church in Tabriz, Iran was stormed by intelligence agents of the Iranian government. In response to this, the Founding Committee of the SECID called for an urgent appeal for advocacy.

Calvin Synod Conference of the United Church of Christ joins the Hungarian Reformed Church

2019. június 04., tags: hungarian reformed church, unity, calvin synod

On the tenth anniversary of the unity of the HRC, the Calvin Synod Conference of the UCC officially joined the HRC. In honor of this event, the Bishop of the Calvin Synod Conference, Rt. Rev. Dr. Csaba Krasznai, shared a letter of thanksgiving.

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it

2019. június 01., tags: boat accident, korean community

The Transtibiscan Reformed Church District issued a declaration of solidarity on the Boat Accident of Budapest and announced a special worship service to be held on Sunday, 2 June at 10 a.m. in the Reformed Great Church of Debrecen, to commemorate the Hungarian and South Korean victims of this boat accident and to pray the for the families in grief, for our sister churches and for our sister institutions.

Crying with the criers

2019. május 30., tags:

The Hungarian Reformed Church is calling for donations for the survivors and the families of victims of the cruise ship accident that happened on the Danube in Budapest on Wednesday evening. “We would like to express our sympathy with our Korean Christian brothers and sisters who were always ready to help when we were in trouble” - said Bishop István Bogárdi Szabó.

Bridges Beyond Boundaries

2019. május 21., tags: unity, hungarian reformed church (hrc), Hungarian Reformed Church (hrc)

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the unity of the Hungarian-speaking Reformed Churches in and around Hungary. On May 17, the session of the Common Synod took place, followed by festivities on the next day. Ecumenical representatives from the WCRC and the WCC attended in honor of this celebratory event.

Celebrating 10 years of Unity

2019. május 18., tags: unity, hungarian reformed church (hrc), Hungarian Reformed Church (hrc), hungarian reformed church

On 17 May, the Common Synod of the Hungarian Reformed Church gathered to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Hungarian Reformed Unity declared on 22 May 2009.

The Fruits of Unity

2019. május 17., tags: anniversary, unity

“Living the unity of the Church does not mean concentrating on the past, but, rather, the present which is the season of planting,” says László Gonda, ecumenical secretary of the Transcibiscan Reformed Church District, who is also responsible for the preparations of the Hungarian Reformed Unity Day Celebration. In addition to a common worship service, music programs, prayer chain, podium discussions and choir meetings are also waiting for those interested in the program of the celebration in Debrecen on 18th May.

Life Returning to Syria

2019. április 29., tags: partnership, syria, middle east, Middle East

In late March, a sizeable delegation visited the Evangelical churches of Lebanon and Syria, signing memoranda of commitment. We have asked the delegates about their experiences in the Middles East, including the situation of local Christians as well as the significance and further possibilities of cooperation.

Going Against Traffic on the Damascus Road

2019. április 29., tags: Middle East, middle east, syria, partnership

We have visited the 2000-year-old Christian memorials of Syria’s capital, as well as its Armenian and Arab-speaking Evangelical communities. Our brothers and sisters experienced the spiritual journey of Paul during the years of war: they gained a new kind of sight amid their suffering that sets an example for us as well.

In Peace for God, each other, ourselves

2019. április 26., tags: roma mission, roma ministry

In light of International Romani Day, Reformed Roma communities in the Carpathian Basin gathered to worship and pray for one another. This year, reconciliation is the focus of the event.

The Persecuted Becoming Peacemakers

2019. április 24., tags: syria, interview, middle east, partnership, Middle East

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.  

An Easter Greeting from Syria

2019. április 17., tags: union of armenian evangelical churches in the near east (uaecne), syria, middle east, Middle East

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.

The journey with Myungsung Church continues

2019. április 17., tags: partnership, myungsung church

From April 7-9, Rev. Dr. Hana Kim of Myungsung Church in South Korea paid a visit to to its partner, the Great Church in Debrecen, as well as to church officials of the national church of the RCH. The visit provided space for discussions to expand the partnership on a national church level.

Hungary Helps Agency established

2019. április 17., tags:

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 and the Realisation of the Hungary Helps Programme, will be to coordinate programmes to help persecuted Christians”, State Secretary Tristan Azbej announced on Tuesday in Budapest.

"We encourage the people to stay"

2019. április 16., tags: refugee ministry, interview, refugee

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 for an update on their situation since July 2018. Here we publish the English translation of the original article printed in German.

Cross the Borders

2019. április 16., tags: refugee, refugee ministry

In March, Kalunba Social Services Ltd., the implementing partner of the RCH, sent two young volunteers to an Erasmus+ training with Gruppo Umana Solidarietà in Lecce, Italy. For two weeks, participants shadowed social workers in the region, transferring good practices, approaches and working methods, focusing, not only on the importance of integration and networking, but also on the importance of working in a team and in close cooperation with relevant stakeholders.

Learn Hungarian with Us!

2019. április 12., tags: refugee, refugee ministry

The Refugee ministry of RCH in cooperation with its implementing partner offers language courses not just for refugees but all who wish to speak the Hungarian language.

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