Between the 25th and the 28th of February, nearly sixty people attended the conference called “Rapprochement Among Nations”, which provided an opportunity to experience the healing and reconciliation among Christians of different origins.
Where do reformed Roma live?
Gypsies don’t have a unified religion. They generally adopt the dominant religion of their location, hence all the types of Roma living in Hungary, for example in Bulgaria both Christians and Muslims can be found.
The Biztos Kezdet Kid’s Center was opened in the village known as the fresco-village, Bódvalenke on 29 May. The program is a lifesaver for the inhabitants where more than half of the population are children and 28 of their mothers are younger than 18.
The HEKS Regional Partner Meeting of Eastern Europe and Western Balkans was organised in Kosovo and Serbia on inclusion of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians, where the Reformed Church in Hungary was represented by the Roma Mission Office.
Christians never fight for causes which are completely lost, since with their faith in God they can change the world. This story is about the creativity of a community surrounded by hopelessness in Northeastern Hungary.
Focusing on “Reconciliation – Wholeness – and Hope,” several hundred people gathered from across Hungary and from Subcarpathia for a national Roma mission Day of Prayer and sharing. Most of the attendees were Roma, with some non-Roma Hungarians and foreign volunteers present.
In only a few minutes, volunteers of the “A way toward life” program – doctors and nurses of the Bethesda Hospital and co-workers of the Reformed Mission Centre – experienced fragments of lives during their mission, when they examined more than 1,000 people in 14 disadvantaged towns within the framework of a free check-up program.
To understand more about the collaboration between HEKS and the RCH, we spoke with Project Coordinator Petra Dienes about the details of the "Country Program," which focuses on support through the “strengthening of congregations to foster and cooperate with Roma children and young persons.”
Partnership is an invaluable asset for today’s global church, but it is also a broad term that encompasses many different forms of agreement and cooperation. Never is this more evident than the partnership between the Reformed Church in Hungary and Global Ministries in the USA.
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.
German politicians have traveled to Hungary to study existing Roma integration programs, because as the EU continues to expand east, large numbers of Roma are arriving in Germany, creating major integration challenges.
Keith Kraft, a United Church of Christ pastor from the U.S., gives his reflection on the month spent alongside his wife Debbie at a summer camp for Roma in Csonkapapi, Ukraine. The camp provides weeklong programs from June through July for nearly 400 youth from several communities.
It is an exciting time for the Reformed Church in Hungary and the Swiss Interchurch Aid. On Thursday, the two organizations took another step together strengthening their partnership with an agreement that focuses on Roma ministry in Hungary.
Keith Kraft, a United Church of Christ pastor from Mobridge, South Dakota (USA), arrived last week with his wife Debbie to serve at a summer camp for Roma children alongside Attila and Livia Tomes from the Reformed Roma Center in Csonkapapi, Ukraine.
It is fitting that the RCH's Roma Council is meeting to debate its Roma Concept today, 8 April, because it coincides with the International Roma Day. It is a day to celebrate Roma culture but also draw attention to continued discrimination that the Roma community faces.
Anikó Uhrin, Director of the István Wáli Reformed Roma Collegium, is among the most recent recipients of the annual Wallenberg Award, presented to individuals whose life and work is dedicated to helping those living in discrimination.
In Hungary, Roma communities have been an inseparable part of society for centuries and in the life of churches, service among Roma has always primarily meant spreading the Gospel. Interview with Attila Landauer, national coordinator of Roma ministry of the RCH.
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.
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.