Mária Molnár, born in 1886, was the most notable Hungarian missionary of the Reformed Church in Hungary, and was the only Hungarian missionary who undertook a mission between the two World Wars. Molnár used the knowledge she acquired as a voluntary nurse during World War I in her mission work on the Manus and Pityilu Islands of the Admiralty Islands, ultimately becoming a martyr of the Reformed Church in Hungary during the Pacific theater of World War II.
On November 6-7, the General Synod of the Reformed Church in Hungary held its two-day session in Balatonszárszó. The participants discussed in detail the law on the legal status and service of ministers, but also the census data, youth mission, the Year of the Pastoral Profession, and the upcoming "Year of the Living Word" announced for 2024.
The Roma Ministry of the Diaconia of the Reformed Church in Hungary (RCH), held a conference and a professional day for the first time for all who are involved in Roma ministry throughout the Carpathian Basin. The event on November 15th was attended by pastors, professionals, colleagues, and co-workers.
The Reformed Church in Transcarpathia, Ukraine, celebrated the hundredth anniversary of its foundation in a thanksgiving worship on October 29th. Bishops from Hungary served at the event, which took place in the church in Beregszász (Berehove), Ukraine.
On October 14th, the Women’s Association Choir of the Presbyterian Church of Korea performed a concert at the Kálvin Square Reformed Church as part of a larger concert tour throughout locations in Hungary and the Czech Republic.
On October 6, the Conference of European Churches (CEC), in cooperation with the Institute of Ecumenical Studies of the Ukrainian Catholic University and the International Forum 16th Ecumenical Social Week, organized a hybrid panel comprising Ukrainian church representatives to explore questions of peace and reconciliation.
Representatives of the member churches of the Communion of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) convened in Bad Herrenalb, Germany, at the end of September commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Leuenberg Agreement. The synod members comprised nearly 60 delegates, the majority from Eastern Europe and Germany. Endre Iszlai represented the Reformed Church in Hungary and led one of the thematic workshops during the meeting.
The inauguration of Bishop László Harangozó was held on Saturday in the Reformed Christian Church in Serbia in Bácsfeketehegy. The recently elected László Harangozó was blessed by all the Reformed bishops of the Carpathian Basin, and the President of Hungary, Katalin Novák, also gave a welcome speech.
The launch of the book "Dutch-Hungarian Protestant Relations between the Two World Wars" by Maarten J. Aalders was organized by the Kálvin Publishing House of the Reformed Church in Hungary and the Department of Church History of the Faculty of Theology of the Károli Gáspár Reformed University on September 25.
Bishop Zoltán Balog of the Danubian Church District, the Ministerial President of the Synod, and Bishop Károly Fekete of the Transtibiscan Church District represented the Reformed Church in Hungary at the ecumenical symposium held in Pannonhalma, Hungary under the title "Seek Peace and Follow It!" In addition to the conference, the representatives of denominations prayed together for peace and for each other in the daily liturgical celebrations of the monastic community.
The Institute for Conservation Research of the Károli Gáspár Reformed University joined the Hungarian Cyclists' Club's initiative to promote urban cycling, the Bike Breakfast. Volunteers served breakfast to cyclists passing by the church on Kálvin Square, including many students from Károli.
"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem." Let there be an end to violence in the Holy Land! The Reformed Church in Hungary joins the call of the World Council of Churches. The deepening and possible expansion of the conflict between armed groups must be prevented. We think with fear of those living in the Holy Land, especially our Christian brothers and sisters, who are facing extraordinary trials. Yet this place should be a message of faith, hope, and love for all.
On September 2nd, the Reformed community in Hungary supported two gatherings to bring awareness and affirm its support for the Christian community facing persecution in Pakistan. A gathering hosted by the Érdliget Reformed Parish included powerful testimonies, and another, a prayer group hosted at the community center for the Refugee Ministry, honored the victims of the persecution.
The Hungarian Reformed Chuch Aid (HRCA) delivers humanitarian aid to the earthquake victims in Morocco. The first delegation of the organisation flew to Marrakesh on September 10th to support the families with durable food and hygiene products, and to plan further assistance by assessing local needs. The HRCA is also launching a fundraising campaign to support the mission in Morocco.
On February 6th, 2023, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck regions of southern Turkey and northern Syria. In response to the crisis in Syria, the Reformed Church of Transcarpathia (RCT) raised a tremendous aid package of 30,000 Euros to support the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) in its efforts to respond to this crisis.
The Refugee Ministry is a division of the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid (HRCA), assisting refugees with integration through various programs and services. Different divisions of the Refugee Ministry summarized their recent activities and accomplishments in these brief snapshots.