Church Revision Committee (CRC) presented its final report and recommendations to the Synod in November. The recommendations in a document titled “Dialogue with the Future”were accepted as part of further discussion . The Synod thanked the CRC for its work and stated that the committee has fulfilled its assignment. An ad hoc Committee was established for the implementation of the action plan.
The 13th Synod Cycle’s 15th Synod Meeting of the Reformed Church in Hungary took place last week on 12th – 13th of November 2014. It was the last Synod of a 6-year-Cycle and the last before elections of new officials.
New urban congregations, a flatter church structure and greater emphasis on the role of donations – Levente Kovács considers these changes crucial for the Reformed Church. We spoke with the general secretary of the Hungarian Banking Association in connection with the Church's revision process.
The Church Revision Committee recently submitted a progress report to the Synod of the Reformed Church in Hungary in order to update the church leaders on the committee's work since the submission of its working plan in November 2013.
It is already the 3rd time that 16-23 years olds from all over the country filled the chamber of the Synod hall in order to debate the possible future of the youth mission within the confines of the Synod Youth Forum ( April 4-5 ).
The individual and the community are determined by their own past. Whether they like and admit it or not, the past is always with them, in them, that is why it is essential to know it, emphasized historian László Tőkéczki, Lay President of the Danubian Reformed Church District.
The Church Revision Committee recently met to discuss the continuation of its revision process. It has decided to team up with the Synod Mission Committee and developed a working plan for this cooperation, which includes consultations based upon the suggestions of its last Synod report.
The fall meeting of the General Synod of the RCH began on 14 November in Budapest. Several topics were on the docket for the meeting, including the Roma action plan, the findings of the Church Revision Committee and a discussion on the implication of the Leuenberg Agreement on church legal documents.
The spring meeting of the Synod, the highest decision-making body of the Reformed Church in Hungary, opened with a devotion by Dean István Csegei and the 12th session of the 13th Synod cycle was officially called to session by RCH Lay President Pál Huszár.
The Church Revision Committee was created to examine the lives of congregations and through dialogue determine a national strategy. After its approval, the Revision Committee set about examining the best way to create meaningful discussion among the RCH congregations.
The Synod of the RCH convened for its fall session to discuss, aside from business matters, the vision of the church as it faces an unprecedented time of social change and economic unrest. The RCH invited 11 international delegates from partner churches.
Several important topics were discussed throughout the Synod meeting in mid-November, including a new translation of the Heidelberg Catechism, Starpoint Youth Festival, report of the Confirmation Committee and the Guiding Principles for 2013.
“The things that could renew the Church are not new at all.”, said András Harmathy, president of the Church Revision Committee, as he shared some of his thoughts about the mission of the committee in the context of the approaching General Synod session.
We are in a process of revision. For the coordination of the process the Church Revision Committee was installed by the Synod in 2012, commissioned both to develop an ecclesiological basis for the future church life and for the expected reconfiguration.