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.

Holy Season at the Scottish Mission

2016. december 14., tags: scottish mission, Scottish Mission, anniversary, christmas, church of scotland (cofs), Church of Scotland (CofS), Church of Scotland (cofs), 175

The Church of Scotland has created an online Advent calendar with daily videos from the CofS ministries team to bring the true spirit of Christmas to life. One day will even feature St. Columba’s congregation in Budapest, a dual-affiliated church with the RCH. 

Connection and Community

2016. október 14., tags: rch, Scottish Mission, 175, anniversary, scottish mission

The Scottish Mission in Budapest recently celebrated its 175th anniversary and members of the RCH and the Church of Scotland participated in the Jubilee. A delegation from Scotland traveled to Budapest to join in the festivities and even stayed for the following week to tour the city and see the church’s historic connections. 

Celebrating an Outreach of Love

2016. szeptember 13., tags: anniversary, Scottish Mission, scottish mission

In celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the Scottish Mission in Budapest, the CofS and the RCH will come together for a Jubilee celebration in September. The Jubilee will include a visiting delegation of Scots, a multi-media exhibition at the Mission, and a historical website highlighting the unique partnership between the two churches throughout the years. 

The Church of Scotland Made Me

2016. szeptember 13., tags: rch, Scottish Mission, anniversary, interview, 175, scottish mission

In celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the Scottish Mission in Budapest, the RCH talks with Rev Bertalan Tamás, former Minister at the Mission, to hear about his time in the congregation. Rev Tamás was the Minister at the Mission from 1976 until 2005, a time filled with uncertainty, community building, and interfaith relations. 

This is a Holy Place

2016. augusztus 16., tags: Scottish Mission, anniversary, interview, horvath, 175, scottish mission

In an effort to learn more about the Scottish Mission in the lives of Hungarian citizens during the 175th Jubilee year, the RCH recently spoke with János Horváth about his emotional and trying times as a political prisoner in the Mission School. Horváth had attended services in the congregation as a child and then, later in life, was held prisoner in the basement of the school during the Nazi regime. He speaks poetically and with conviction about the vital work that the Mission has done in Budapest during his lifetime, and how dear the place is to his heart.

A Practical Faith

2016. augusztus 08., tags: rch, Scottish Mission, anniversary, interview, 175, scottish mission

In celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the Scottish Mission in Budapest, the RCH talks with Rev Ken MacKenzie, former Minister at the Mission, to hear about his time in the congregation. Rev Mackenzie was the Minister at the Mission from 2000 until 2005, a time when church membership grew and the congregation made an intentional effort to reach out and build relationships with refugees in their midst. 

A Family of Faith

2016. július 29., tags: 175, interview, anniversary, Scottish Mission, rch, scottish mission

In celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the Scottish Mission in Budapest, the RCH talks with Rev. Njeri Wagana Hughes, current Associate Minister at the Mission, to hear about her time in the congregation. Rev Wagana Hughes has been the Associate Minister at the Mission since 2015, though she has been a part of the community there since 2006.

Faithful in our Calling

2016. július 11., tags: 175, interview, anniversary, Scottish Mission, rch, scottish mission

In celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the Scottish Mission in Budapest, the RCH talks with Rev Zoltán Tarr, former Associate Minister at the Mission, to hear about his time in the congregation. Rev Tarr was the Associate Minister at the Mission from 2001 until 2005, a time when helping those seeking refugee was in delicate balance with also serving the ex-pat population in the city.

Determined to Serve in Budapest

2016. június 27., tags: 175, interview, anniversary, Scottish Mission, rch, scottish mission

In celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the Scottish Mission in Budapest, the RCH speaks with Rev Susan Cowell, former Associate Minister at the Mission, to hear about her time in the congregation. Rev Cowell served in Budapest from 1994 until 1998 and is now serving at Kirkton Church in Carluke.

Building God’s Kingdom on the Margins

2016. június 09., tags: Scottish Mission, anniversary, interview, 175, rch, scottish mission

In celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the Scottish Mission in Budapest, the RCH talks with Rev Dr. Ottó Pecsuk, former Associate Minister at the Mission, to hear about his time in the congregation. Rev Dr. Pecsuk was the Associate Minister at the Mission from 2005 until 2009, a time when reaching out to those on the fringes of society was vital. 

We are the Church That Won’t Draw Lines

2016. május 21., tags: rch, Scottish Mission, anniversary, interview, 175, Church of Scotland (CoS), scottish mission

In celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the Scottish Mission in Budapest, the RCH speaks with Rev Aaron Stevens, current Minister at the Mission, to hear about his time in the congregation. Rev Stevens initially came to the Scottish Mission as a young man teaching English abroad, but before he knew it, his ties to Budapest became greater and greater. He is now entering his 10th year as Minister here and he shares his memories of service and calling with us as a reminder that sometimes the church is called to do extraordinary things. 

RCH Synod Legally Recognizes the Scottish Mission in Budapest

2016. május 11., tags: Synod, 175, scottish mission, synod, anniversary, Scottish Mission, CofS

On May 11, 2016, members of RCH Synod met for the first time in the new year to discuss the legal recognition of the Scottish Mission in Budapest, as well as other topics such as youth gatherings, an updated translation of the Second Helvetic Confession, and the Reformation Jubilee.

Scottish Mission in the Midst of Revolution

2016. március 08., tags: scottish mission, 1848, history, anniversary, Scottish Mission, 175, revolution

15 March is a national holiday and a day of celebration throughout Hungary to remember the Hungarian revolution in 1848 and subsequent war for independence. It affected everyone in Hungary, including the Scottish Mission partners of the RCH. During this tumultuous political time, the Scots were engaged in a complex struggle to minister to a community who needed them in the midst of a city that sometimes did not want them. 

The Heidelberg Catechism – a Bestseller

2013. december 30., tags: heidelberg catechism, anniversary, 450

The Heidelberg Catechism, the 450th anniversary of which is celebrated this year, gained immense popularity in Hungary already when it first appeared there. So much so that when Maria Theresa went to great lengths to get it out of circulation, the pastors and the faithful employed cunning tactics to continue spreading the book.

Celebrating the Heidelberg Catechism

2013. november 13., tags: heidelberg catechism, hungarian reformed church (hrc), anniversary, 450

This year marks the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism. To celebrate the occasion, the Common Synod of the Hungarian Reformed Church (HRC), made up of the Reformed Church in Hungary alongside other Hungarian Reformed communities in the Carpathian Basin, accepted the new Hungarian translation of the Catechism. The John Calvin publishing house of the RCH printed a special edition of the Catechism, which contains the full text in the languages used in Reformed congregations in the Carpathian Basin: German, English, Romanian, Slovakian and Hungarian. It has been internationally well received since its publication.

Károli Gáspár University Celebrates 20 Years of Academic Excellence

2013. október 16., tags: kre, anniversary, károli gáspár university

Compared to other universities around the world, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary is still in its adolescence, but it is nevertheless a time of celebration in Budapest as the school and students celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Celebrating 450 Years with the Heidelberg Catechism

2013. április 23., tags: hungarian reformed church (hrc), anniversary, heidelberg cathechism

It was 450 years ago that the Heidelberg Catechism was first published. From 1653 onward this booklet saw rapid growth, and in 2013 it is still being used by millions of people belonging to the Reformed tradition.

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