Pastoral Letter in the Light of the Pandemic

2020. március 26., tags: coronavirus, presiding bishop

Bishop Dr. István Szabó addressed a pastoral letter of acknowledgment and encouragement to the ministers serving in RCH’s congregations. In the letter below, he expresses his gratitude for the persistence, creativity and care of local ministers.

RCH Joins in Pope's Call for Prayer

2020. március 24., tags: coronavirus, prayer

RCH published the call on congregations to join the initiative of Pope Francis, supported by ecumenical organisations, to unite in praying the Lord’s Prayer on Wednesday, 25 March, at noon.

English Speaking Worship Services Online

2020. március 21., tags: scottish mission, worship, Scottish Mission, st. columba's

Each Sunday at 11 AM (CET) the St. Columba's Church of Scotland in Budapest, the international community of RCH invites you to join the worpship service on its facebook page. Rev. Aaron Stevens, senior minister of the Scottish Mission looks forward to welcome you from 10.45 AM, just like at 6:30 pm on Wedesdays for Bible Discussion Group on Zoom.

Test of Humanity and Companionship

2020. március 21., tags: coronavirus, bethesda hospital

The Bethesda children’s hospital of RCH answers to the challenges of coronavirus with new tasks, washable and disinfectable masks and regular information. What do medical doctors recommend to the parents and grandparents in the light of the COVID-19 virus? We asked this question of director-general György Velkey, ho even told us, how we can best support the efforts of the health care workers.

All Church Events Suspended

2020. március 17., tags: coronavirus, presidium

In light of the COVID-19 virus and in accordance with the latest measures introduced by the Hungarian government, the Presidium of RCH issued a Communique on the 16th of March requesting congregations to suspend all church events.

Breaking Down Barriers from Both Sides

2020. március 16., tags: roma ministry, rch, churches commission for migrants in europe (ccme)

Both Sides are needed in Roma Ministry to break down barriers, concluded the three-day international conference, organized by CCME (Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe), in cooperation with the Ecumenical Office and the National Roma Ministry of the Reformed Church in Hungary at the Synod Office of RCH between 9-11 March, 2020. The meeting, which focused on ways of implementing ministry among the Roma, was attended by representatives of various Protestant and Orthodox churches from ten countries, who shared their good practices and also gained inspiration from RCH’s Roma Ministry activities.

Churches Together for Roma and Sinti

2020. március 13., tags: churches commission for migrants in europe (ccme), roma ministry

CCME Cooomunique about the Conference ‘Justice for Roma and Sinti: a challenge for churches’ that took place in the Synod Hall of RCH co-hosted by CCME and RCH.

Scholarship for Young Christians

2020. március 12., tags: Middle East, middle east, scolarship

Károli Gáspár University of the RCH founded a scholarship scheme to provide study opportunities for young Christian students who are living in minority in selected countries in the Middle-East, Asia and Africa. The University offers 5 full scholarship a year. Deadline for applications is 30th April.

Together for One Another

2020. március 06., tags: roma ministry, interview

We cannot cross out the Gospel passages in which Jesus tells us to include the excluded. Read and interview with the trainer Kinga Lakatos about the significance of community development in Roma Ministry on the occasion of a training for RCH pastors actively involved in serving among Roma.

Striving for Solidarity and Cooperation

2020. március 04., tags: presidium, trianon

The Presidium of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Bishop István Szabó and Lay President Pál Huszár, issued the declaration below on the occasion of the Year of National Cohesion, confirming the call Christian churches and organisations published earlier.

Peacemaker from Pakistan visits Hungary

2020. február 27., tags: middle east, Middle East, pakistan

Eric Sarwar, Presbyterian minister and church musician from Pakistan, serving as a musical peacemaker in an Islamic context will be visiting our Church in the coming days to deepen relationship.

Environmental Policy in Hungary

2020. február 24., tags: eco-congregation, eco-congregation movement, European Christian Environmental Network

Under the title “Care for Creation - The New Conservative Environmental Policy in Hungary”, Tamás Kodácsy, Head of the Eco-Congregation Council of RCH offered a reflection and evaluation from the Churches’ point of view, first published on the website of the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN).

Jesus Wants to Purify Our Hearts

2020. február 22., tags: roma ministry, Roma, roma, róma

The reformed Great Church in Debrecen hosted the 5th annual Protestant Roma Mission Conference where more than 1500 participants, mostly Roma, discussed, worshiped and prayed together under the biblical motto of the day: „Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51,10)

Let's do the Work of Love!

2020. február 20., tags: bishop

Bishop István Szabó, ministerial president of the Synod of RCH preached at the ecumenical prayer before the start of the spring session of the National Assembly. He reminded Members of the Parliament to do the work of love.

Students' Solidarity with Syria

2020. február 18., tags: armenian evangelical community in syria, syria, Middle East, education, middle east, campaign

Students’ Donation Campaign for Syrian schools hits 10-years High in history of the Reformed Educational Fund in the Carpathian Basin. Students and teachers of Hungarian reformed schools raised more than 60 000 USD for the renovation of Syrian evangelical schools.

Toward a World of Neighbours

2020. február 14., tags: refugee, world of neighbours, church of sweden, migration

The ecumenical journey toward a joint vison for Europe continues. RCH representatives joined the workshop on the invitation of Church of Sweden that brought together 70 representatives from various churches, ecumenical organisations, religious communities and civil organisations from across Europe in Malmö between 27 and 30 January.

Demolishing the wall of silence

2020. február 11., tags: religious freedom, azbej tristan

“The government’s goal is to demolish the wall of silence surrounding persecuted Christians”, State Secretary Tristan Azbej declared in Washington after the annual National Prayer Breakfast. The State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and the Implementation of the Hungary Helps Program highlighted the commitment of the Hungarian government for religious freedom.

Commemoration, Not Closure

2020. február 10., tags: trianon 100, ablonczy balázs, rch, trianon, interview, peace treaty of Versailles

At the start of the “Year of National Unity” in Hungary, we sat down to talk to historian Balázs Ablonczy, head of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences’ Lendület (Momentum) Research Group called Trianon 100, about the trauma of Trianon: facts and fallacies, as well as the ever-recurring question of “what if”.

Radical Hospitality

2020. február 03., tags: refugee, refugee highway partnership, refugee ministry

RCH delegation of 5 volunteers and students participates at the 18th Annual European Refugee Highway Partnership Roundtable which is taking place in Malmö between 3 and 7 February.

Justice for Roma

2020. február 01., tags: roma ministry, churches commission for migrants in europe (ccme)

Under the title “Justice for Roma and Sinti – a challenge for churches” Churches´ Commission for Migrants in Europe will organize a conference in cooperation with the Reformed Church in Hungary to be held on 9–11 March 2020 in Budapest. The objective of the meeting in the Synod Building of RCH is to encorage churches across Europe to address the social and political challenges together, take a stance together with Roma and Sinti, cooperate in the field of advocacy, sensitisation and social support and exchange best practices.

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