Former Bishop of Transylvanian Church District passes away

2018. november 14., tags: reformed church in romania, Transylvanian Reformed Church District, transylvanian reformed church district

Rev. Géza Pap, former Bishop of the Transylvanian Reformed Church District, suddenly passed away on 13 November 2018.

Cherish the Church

2018. november 13., tags:

On the last Sunday of October, Reformed congregations collect offerings for a seeded cause following the decision of the Synod. The selected congregation for 2018 is the Reformed Congregation in Kesznyéten, where the church has been in a non-usable condition for ten years. The offerings will go towards restoring the church so that the congregation may celebrate Sunday worship there again.

The History of Reformation in Hungary

2018. november 12., tags: reformation

Nicholas T. Parsons provides a comprehensive and detailed account of the history of the Reformation in Hungary. He reflects on the exhibition, “Grammar and Grace,” that was temporarily held in the Hungarian National Museum in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

The Year of Thanksgiving at Károli University

2018. november 08., tags: Károli Gáspár Reformed University, Karoli Gáspár Reformed University

“We would like to train professionals for our county and our nation whose value systems and readiness to help are a reflection of the teachings of Jesus,” emphasized Rev. Péter Balla, Professor of Theology. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the University, the Rector of Károli Gáspár University of the RCH was interviewed.

WCRC Condemns Abduction of Children in Cameroon

2018. november 07., tags: world communion of reformed churches (wcrc)

On Sunday, 4 November, nearly 80 children and three staff members were kidnapped from Presbyterian School Bamenda by armed men in northwest Cameroon. This was the second kidnapping of students within the week.

Starpoint 2019

2018. október 30., tags: starpoint, starpoint reformed youth festival, youth mission, rch, Starpoint

The 2019 Starpoint Reformed Youth Festival will be held on 23-27 July in Debrecen, focusing on the theme "Unity".

Ecumenical Project in Hungary wins RJA

2018. október 25., tags: eco congregation, eco, european christian enviromental network (ecen)

Plant Native Fruit Trees in Church Gardens is an ecumenical project of churches in Hungary encouraging nature conservation and biodiversity protection. The project was awarded the 2018 Roman Juriga Award, in particular, for its innovative and ecumenical character.

Growing Partnership in the Middle East

2018. október 24., tags: partership visit, national evangelical synod of syria and lebanon (nessl), partnership, rch, Middle East, syria, armenian evangelical community in syria, middle east

Through many years of mutual collaboration, the partnership of the Reformed Church in Hungary and the Reformed churches in the Middle East only grows stronger. A highlight of this long-standing partnership is the recent visit of Syrian church leaders to discuss opportunities of further cooperation.

Empowering Communities in Ukraine

2018. október 24., tags: ukraine, HEKS, Ukraine, reformed church in transcarpathia, diaconal coordination center, heks

International visitors recently travelled to Transcarpathia, Ukraine, with members of the RCH, to attend a consultation initiated by the Swiss Reformed Church Aid HEKS and hosted by the Diaconal Coordination Center (DCO) of the Reformed Church in Transcarpathia (RCT). On 22-25 October, the group was able to see what the Church is doing in the area and the group was also able to show support for the projects done in mutual cooperation with HEKS and other international partners.

Stop Hotspot Approach, Create Safe Passages

2018. október 23., tags: kalunba, refugee ministry, ccme

Church asylum experts gathered in Athens to look critically at current European Asylum policies. Senior staff members of RCH’s refugee integration ministry were in attendance, including Dóra Kanizsai, head of the Ministry and vice-moderator of CCME.  

Suffering Gave Us Purpose

2018. október 19., tags: joseph kassab, national evangleical synod of syria and lebanon (nessl), union of armenian evangelical churches in the near east (uaecne), harout selimian, middle east, interview, Middle East, syria

Does a pastor think about running away when war breaks out? Does your religion matter at the market in Aleppo? How did suffering and the past change the members of the Reformed Churches in Syria and how do they see their future? Among others these were the topics Rev. Joseph Kassab, General Secretary of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, and Rev. Haroutune Selimian, President of the Armenian Evangelical Community in Syria talked about during their visit to Hungary. This time, their reporters were Rev. Aaron Stevens and the participants of the panel discussion of the Scottish Mission in Budapest on Tuesday 11th October.

A Future with Hope

2018. október 16., tags: european christian enviromental network (ecen)

The 12th Assembly of ECEN met from 6-10 October 2018 under the heading ‘On the way to economic and ecological justice’ in Katowice (Poland), hosting 85 participants from 22 countries of Europe and overseas. RCH was represented by Boglárka Szűcs, coordinator of the Eco-congregation movement of RCH.

Faith for Peace and Reconciliation

2018. október 11., tags: national evangleical synod of syria and lebanon (nessl), joseph kassab, Middle East, middle east, harout selimian, union of armenian evangelical churches in the near east (uaecne), hungarian government

A public lecture organized by the Hungarian State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians was held at KRE with guest lecturers, Rev. Joseph Kassab and Rev. Haroutune Selimian, two church leaders from Syria. The State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians announced officially that the Hungarian Government is going to support the two Churches, NESSL and UAECNE with 2 million euros this year.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán received leaders of Syrian Reformed Churches

2018. október 09., tags: prime minister, hungarian government, national evangleical synod of syria and lebanon (nessl), syria, Middle East, middle east, union of armenian evangelical churches in the near east (uaecne)

On Tuesday in the Parliament Building Prime Minister Viktor Orbán received the leaders of the Syrian Reformed Churches, Joseph Kassab, General Secretary of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, and Haroutune George Selimian, President of the Armenian Evangelical Community of Syria.

Sharing with Syrian Church Partners

2018. október 05., tags: Middle East, syria, armenian evangelical community in syria, national evangleical synod of syria and lebanon (nessl), partership, middle east

To continue and strengthen the partnership, the Reformed Church in Hungary has invited church leaders of the Armenian Protestant Community in Syria and the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon to Budapest for a Partnership Visit.

Fellowship with Syrian Reformed Church Leaders

2018. október 03., tags: national evangelical synod of lebanon and syria (nessl), union of armenian evangelical churches in the near east (uaecne), syria, middle east, Middle East

Leaders of Syrian partner churches of RCH will visit Hungary next week. Rev. Harout Selimian, President of the Protestant Community in Syria and Rev. Joseph Kassab, General Secretary of the National Evangelical Synod in Syria and Lebanon will not only meet leaders of RCH and senior colleagues of its ministries, but also participate at public fora. RCH's Ecumenical Office and the St. Columba's Church of Scotland issued a joint invitation for the fellowship with our Syrian friends.

Recognition of Kalunba Graduates

2018. október 02., tags: refugee, ayman jarjour, refugee ministry, middle east, Middle East

In recognition of the recent graduates of the Interpretation course, there was a small ceremony, following a charity concert featuring internationally renowned guitarist, Ayman Jarjour in support of Kalunba Social Services Ltd.

Radical Faith

2018. szeptember 27., tags: united evangelical mission (vem/uem), partnership, VEM, vem

In continued partnership with the United Evangelical Mission, the Reformed Church in Hungary was represented at the General Assembly in Parapat, Indonesia.

Peace and Reunification

2018. szeptember 21., tags: presbyterian church of korea (pck), partnership, presbyterian church in the republic of korea (prok)

Representing the Reformed Church in Hungary, Rev. Balázs Ódor, ecumenical officer, attended the general assemblies of the two Korean partner churches, as well as the consultation of PROK.

You cannot say “I’m not a racist but Roma people…”

2018. szeptember 20., tags: roma ministry, interview, HEKS, heks

Over the past three and a half years, Ágnes Nyeső has become the face of the National Roma Ministry of RCH as its mission coordinator, but at the beginning of September she took on a new role as school chaplain at three institutions of Bocskai István Reformed Education Centre in the cities of Dunaújváros and Csepel. In the present interview she shares her experiences within the mission, as well as some of her fondest memories.

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