The leaders of the Reformed and Lutheran churches in Hungary expressed their sympathy in a letter to the head of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church over the amnesty of the recently extradited Azeri axe killer.
On 1 September, 2012 church delegations from all over Transylvania are going to gather at the grounds of the Székely Mikó Reformed High School in Sepsiszentgyörgy (Sfântu Gheorghe), protesting against a legal verdict issued by the Romanian government.
"Szia! A nevem Tabea", says a German girl in surprisingly good Hungarian, wearing a big smile on her face. "I've been working as a volunteer at Bethesda, mostly playing with kids", she continues in English. "The job was just perfect for me."Twenty-year-old Tabea is one of the thirty young people who did voluntary diaconical service in Hungary in the past year.
In the following interview Szilveszter Póczik, historian-criminologist and the senior scientific representative of the Hungarian National Institute of Crimonology (OKRI), attempts to throw light on the differences and similarities between Gypsies living in Eastern and Western Europe.
With the intention to give young people an opportunity to let their voices be heard in the church, the Synod Office organised a Youth Forum, targeting age groups between 16 and 23. The Forum was designed following an already well-functioning pattern, the Scottish Youth Assembly.
The István Wáli Reformed Roma Collegium, which currently hosts 16 students, officially started its operation in September 2011. The Collegium was established as part of the Christian Roma Collegium Network to provide Roma students participating in higher education with accommodation, mentoring and additional courses to complement their school studies.
The goal of the "Life Belt" programme is to offer temporary help through a rent assistance programme to those who because of the financial crisis have been unable to keep up with the rising mortgage payments who now face foreclosure and eviction.
The Reformed Church in Hungary had resolved to make considerable contributions to the work of Hungary’s rotating EU presidency – which has just ended – with an emphatic presence and the organisation of events related to the themes of the presidency.
The dialogue between cultures, the role of education in integration, the relationship of church and the Roma community, as well as job creation were among the topics discussed by the participants of the Roma mission consultation held at the Budapest office of the Reformed Church of Hungary.
A conference entitled “The Role of Churches in Social Reconciliation in East-Central Europe: Central Europe as a Model of Religious Diversity” was organised by the Ecumenical Council of Churches in Hungary (ECCH), the foundation called Reconciliation in South East Europe (RSEE), and the Budapest office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) between 10-12 March 2011.
Not only is Europe the meeting point of nations, it is also where the greatest conflicts among those nations take place. Not only has it been the birthplace of grand ideas and thoughts over the centuries of world history, but also the home of ideologies capable of vanquishing or even destroying peoples and nations.
On 22 May 2009, the Hungarian Reformed Church celebrating its constitution opened the doors to the 21st century for our communities. Christ is the future, together we follow him! This faith clearly designates Christ as the Lord of the Christian community, but admitting his superiority and trusting in his grace, leaving the exact description of the community to the future.
Királyhágómellék Reformed Church District (in present-day Romania) is quite close to the geometric centre of historical (pre-1920) Hungary. Nevertheless, as a consequence of the drastic reduction of Hungary’s borders by the Treaty of Trianon, we can no longer really say that we belong to the eastern section of Central Europe.