Celebrating 10 years of Unity

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

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: unity, anniversary

“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 ministry, roma mission

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.

No Growth without Revival

2019. április 12., tags: synod, statement, Synod

“Without the renewal of hearts and reformation of our lives, every tradition fades away and new initiatives turns out to be empty,” said Presiding Bishop István in his opening address at the recent Synod meeting, where the Statement on Marriage, Family and Sexuality was reaffirmed.

Protest against Ban of National Anthem in Slovakia

2019. április 11., tags: general convent, reformed christian church in slovakia, General Convent, hungarian reformed church

The Synod Council of the Reformed Christian Church in Slovakia and the Presidium of the General Convent issued statements in protest of a recent amendment criminalizing the playing of any national anthem other than the Slovak. The statements call for congregations and Reformed institutions to continue singing the Hungarian anthem as a prayer of our nation.

Young Adults at Taize Meeting in Beirut

2019. április 11., tags: middle east, Middle East, youth ministry

In March, young adult representatives of the RCH joined 1600 young people at the gathering of the International Ecumenical Youth Meeting in Beirut, Lebanon.

Christian Solidarity at Test in Syria

2019. április 05., tags: union of armenian evangelical churches in the near east (uaecne), middle east, national evangelical synod of syria and lebanon (nessl), partnership, Middle East, syria

The delegation of the Reformed Church in Hungary (RCH) continued its travel from Lebanon into Syria. The delegation visited local congregations in Damascus, Homs, and Aleppo to learn more of the ministries of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) and the Armenian Evangelical Community in Syria. Short account of a challenging journey.

Christians in Syria: God With Us

2019. április 02., tags: syria, Middle East, partnership, national evangelical synod of syria and lebanon (nessl), middle east, union of armenian evangelical churches in the near east (uaecne)

We have been contributing to the rebuilding of a church building and a congregation centre in Aleppo, Syria: the roof structure of the Armenian Evangelical community’s oldest church has been renovated partially with the help of Hungarian Reformed funds, and the Arab-speaking Presbyterian community’s new congregation centre is planned with support from the government of Hungary. The locals feel that these instances of support prove that God is indeed taking care of them in a tangible way.

New Level of Commitment

2019. március 28., tags: hungarian reformed church (hrc), syria, lebanon, Hungarian Reformed Church (hrc)

RCH delegation led by Presiding Bishop István Szabó is in Lebanon for conversations with church leaders of NESSL and UAECNE before visiting Syria. As a sign of the unique relationship with the Reformed Churches in the Middle East, the church leaders of the RCH signed a bilateral memorandum with church leaders of NESSL and with those of UAECNE on March 27.

HRCA expands with dog rescue and volunteer firefighters

2019. március 19., tags: Hungarian Reformed Church Aid (hrca), Hungarian Reformed Church Aid (HRCA), hungarian reformed church aid (hrca), hungarian reformed church aid (HRCA)

The Orion Volunteer Firefighter Association is continuing its activities under a new name, the Research Rescue Team of the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid. This was decided at the General Assembly of Hajdú-Bihar County Organization on Friday, March 7, where Márton Juhász, Executive Director of the HRCA, was elected as a Member of the Board, as well.

Unity of the Spirit Beyond Borders

2019. március 19., tags: partnership, church of south india (csi) transcibiscan reformed church district

At the beginning of February, Rev. Károly Fekete, bishop of the Transtibiscan Church District, Rev. Zsigmond Vad, dean of the Debrecen Reformed Presbytery, Rev. Endre Iszlai, pastor of Reformed congregation in Nagysándor-telep, and Rev. László Gonda, ecumenical officer of the Transtibiscan Church District visited India to learn of opportunities to support the local Protestant institutions.

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