Three thousand prisoners of Roma origin were executed at the Auschwitz Gypsy camp on the 2 of August 1944. On this day, the Roma of Europe commemorate the Holocaust, the porajmos as they call it, or in the Lovari dialect, the pharrajimos, the destruction.
We talked to Sándor Fábián Zán, Bishop of the Hungarian Reformed Church in Transcarpathia (KRE), candidate of the 2022 elections. Among other things, he talked about the past 16 years of his term as Bishop, his current life situation, the present and the future of the Reformed Church.
We come across the concepts of assimilation and integration on a daily basis, but few people understand the meaning of the word inclusion. The term, which is primarily used in education, means ‘I will get to know your characteristics, and you will get to know mine, and this is how we form a community,’ explains Krisztina Naszádi, the coordinator of the Inclusive Education Program of the Swiss Church Aid (HEKS) and the Reformed Church in Hungary. We asked the specialist about the background and practice of inclusive education.
This September will be the second anniversary of the opening of TejjelMézzel (which translates as ‘With Milk and Honey’), a Reformed restaurant in Göncruszka maintained by the local reformed congregation. Interview with Rev. Levente Sohajda.
The leaders of the Church can perform exceptionally well if the organization behind them works seamlessly – professes István Mózes Mező, the head of the Office of the General Synod. He sees the office, established in the current synodical term as a separate organizational branch, as a tool which, with the effective use of resources, can affect not just the Church, but the whole society.
It was humility that God has thought him lately. He fled from Transcarpathia, Ukraine, but now he receives himself refugees in his home in Hungary. After crossing the border, he immediately started to volunteer; interpreting, transporting, and trying to be God's instrument. Interviwe with Zoltán Szabó, an elder from the Ukrainian village Sernye.
“To my mind, the church lives in congregations that perform their ministry with conscious and committed faith – not only within the community, but also when it comes to the outside world, to society.” Interview with the new head of Mission of RCH.
Eszter Dani was appointed as head of the Synod’s Mission Office in 2012, and she played a pivotal role in strengthening the national Reformed Roma ministry. Rev. Dani, who is also a pastor in Solymár, has been senior advisor of the Mission Service since 1 January this year.
At present, the question is not whether there has been a Christian Europe, a Christian Hungary, but whether it will exist in the future. It is up to us to achieve that through value based education - says Prof. László Trócsányi, new Rector (President) of the Károli Gáspár University of RCH.
Márta Sebestyén is a household name in Hungary, but why was she chosen by the leadership of the Reformed Church in Hungary to be one of the faces introducing the new Reformed Hymnal? An inspiring and thoughtful interview.
The Advent and New Year season is the most significant period in the life of the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid (HRCA). We have visited HRCA’s warehouse in Ebes, a city near to Debrecen, where volunteers work around the clock to select and wrap the gifts of the wishlists of needy kids.
„The spiritual depth and experience, is not bound to a place” – says Molnár Ferenc Caramel, a celebrated pop performer in an interview which he gave at the occasion of the special worship introducing of the new Himnary of RCH.
As a minister for families she also deals with homemaking. Katalin Novák, Goodwill Ambassador of the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid introduced us into her spiritual home and shared her thoughts about faith, mission and education.
Lilla Vad joined the staff team of the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid in February 2009 as the coordinator of the Bridge of Love program. During her more than a decade of service, she has experienced the growth of the organization and the multiplication of tasks.
The news of children dying of starvation or homeless people freezing to death deeply sadden and trouble all people of good will and create a sense of helplessness. In Hungary too, there are many disadvantaged families who do not have warm or even cold food on the table every day.
The spirit of László Ravasz as well as the results of his building and development work are just as much alive today as the painful wound caused by a mistake he made. István Bogárdi Szabó, former Bishop of the Danubian Reformed Church District, about one of the most outstanding members of the “great generation of his predecessors”.
Suicide is the third most common cause of death among 15-19 year old young people Hungary. The school year has barely started and a 16-year-old boy has already given up his life because he was bullied by his classmates. Interview with Attila Gecse, grief therapist and hospital chaplain about the Church's responsibility.
Entering the life of a town is a slow process for us, which is a conscious aim of ours, as we hope to achieve organic development, says Lívia Böröcz, Head of the Development and Integration Programme of the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid.
Reproductive medicine has made significant progress in recent decades, which gives childless couples new hope and prospects. But do spouses have the right to defy biological infertility by artificial means? An interview with Rev. Enikő Lakatos, hospital chaplain at the Assisted Reproduction Centre.