In 2021, the third four-year support period of HEKS (Swiss Protestant Church Aid Organization) and the Hungarian Reformed Inter-Church Agreement began. In the framework of the cooperation the Swiss organization supports the mission among Roma and disadvantaged.
A limited number of colleges were able to get together at the service for the Protection of the Theotokos Greek Catholic Church on 19 April 2021. Zoltán Balog, Ministerial President of the RCH Synod, preached the Word.
The Reformed Roma Special College in Budapest (RefoRom) launched a campaign to help disadvantaged roma students, collecting donations so the students are able to buy the right quality and amount of food, notes, books and clothing for themselves.
The new Country Program of HEKS starts the 1st of January 2021. One of the primary goals is to encourage the RCH’s congregations to be more open towards roma communities and to support ministries among roma families, children and youth.
Zoltán Beck is known in Hungary as the frontman of 30Y rock band. It is lesser known that as a senior lecturer in the Department of Romology at the University of Pécs, he has had a decades-long acamedic career.
The Roma Mission Theologian Tield Trip had to move to the online world. Senior theologian-pastoral students at Károli Gáspár University were able to take part in an intimate and informative three day course where they gained good experience for their future service.
We prepared for the Roma Ministry Conference with this in mind: we have to do what we must for protection. This is why we’ve changed our personal event to online where we had Bible study discussions to deepen faith, prayers, and cultural programs.
RCH hosted a video conference with HEKS representatives to review the outgoing period of Church Cooperation and to plan the new Country Program focusing on social change in terms of integration of Roma and Refugees.
Georgina Laboda, Student of Political Sciences and resident of the Reformed Roma Special College in Budapest (RefoRom) reflects on the social consequences of COVID-19 for the most vulnearble Roma communities in Hungary.
When the restrictions of movement and the temporary closure of universities were announced, both Roma Special Collegia of RCH suspended their operation – at least within the walls of the institutions. Activities are still just as intensive as before.
After seven years of observing the International Roma Day on April 4 as a festive gathering and a day of joint prayer of Roma and non-Roma alike, RCH’s Roma Ministry invited congregation to a virtual pilgrimage of prayer and praise.
Both sides are needed in Roma Ministry to break down barriers, concluded the three-day international conference, organized by Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) in Budapest, in cooperation with the Reformed Church in Hungary.