Károli Scholarship for Christian Students

2019. november 08., tags: interview, rch, partnership, scholarship

The Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary helps young people in the world, who live in difficult circumstances to obtain a diploma. The aim is that these young people help their home country’s Christian community with the knowledge they’ve gained in Hungary. About the newly founded Károli Christian Scholarship, we asked Gyula Sümeghy- the Director of the International Relations of the University.

Identity and Service fulfilled in Christ

2019. október 07., tags: roma ministry, interview, roma mission

According to her, people can only reach their goals through the Gospel, she can incorporate both her faith and her professional experience into her current work with Roma communities. Anita Tóth has been serving as the National Roma Mission Coordinator since September 2018. In this interview, we discussed the importance of family and traditions, the work of the Holy Spirit, and her way leading to the Synod Office.

Christian Values in Public Life

2019. augusztus 16., tags: Conference of Reformed Intellectuals, interview

“This upcoming conference is recommended for those who are interested in public life and what Reformed thinking, with its Protestant roots and Christian values, can add to it,” says Gábor Zila, Secretary of the Reformed Culture and Public Life Foundation, which organises the Conference of Reformed Intellectuals in Balatonszárszó. As he explains, they are trying to involve the younger generations in the discussions about our future – this year’s theme to be discussed is Christian democracy.

God does not Want a Boring Church

2019. augusztus 08., tags: church planting, reformed church in america (rca), interview

Debrecen’s newest Reformed community, the congregation of Úrrét, just turned one year old. The community, dynamically expanding and always looking for new possibilities, gathers on Sundays in the hall of one of the local primary schools – maybe they will have a church in the years to come.

Committed to Children’s Education

2019. július 04., tags: interview, learning material

The Development Team of Learning Materials for Reformed Schools is not simply producing traditional textbooks, they are developing modern, customisable digital teaching materials, as well as amplifying forward-thinking initiatives. We asked Zoltán Pompor, who is in charge of the team, what he considers to be the strengths of Reformed education.

We Are Not Small

2019. június 25., tags: syria, middle east, Middle East, interview

The Reformed Congregation in Szentendre has begun building relations with a congregation in Syria. They would like to send financial aid, and perhaps, even travel to the war-torn country. We asked Rev. András Harmathy about the details.

The Persecuted Becoming Peacemakers

2019. április 24., tags: syria, interview, middle east, partnership, Middle East

People have a will to live even among ruins, according to Bishop István Bogárdi Szabó, who, as part of a delegation, has recently visited civil-war-torn Syria. The church leader feels that the efforts of Christians in the Middle East are exemplary, and it is now our turn to help the victims of the destruction caused by the war.  

"We encourage the people to stay"

2019. április 16., tags: refugee ministry, interview, refugee

The Reformed Alliance in Germany was one of the international partners that supported the work of Kalunba. Isabel Metzger, journalist of the reformiert-info.de, interviewed Dóra Kanizsai-Nagy for an update on their situation since July 2018. Here we publish the English translation of the original article printed in German.

Her vocation: Police officer and Pastor

2019. február 11., tags: interview

“In the police profession, I was attracted to being able to help, that I can support people – and it is also present in my vocation as a pastor.” Staff Sergeant Andrea Pallagi works at the Children and Youth Protection Detective Department of the Budapest Police Headquarters (BRFK). She is a detective, but she also leads an at-home bible study group at Budapest-Káposztásmegyer Reformed Congregation and preaches from time to time. She carries a service weapon and likes to shoot, but only for target practice. Her dream is to establish a police chaplaincy unit modeled by the military chaplaincy service.

5+1 Things you should know about Starpoint’s new coordinator

2018. december 31., tags: interview, Starpoint, starpoint

We introduce you to Edina Prikryl, the coordinator of the Starpoint Festival 2019. The colleague of the RCH National Youth Office talks about her journey that has led her to the Reformed Church.

Strengthening Inter-Congregational Solidarity

2018. november 19., tags: interview

Deputy Lay President Sándor Veres has been elected to be the new Lay President of the Danubian Reformed Church District. The election was called due to the death of the former Lay President, László Tőkéczki. Sándor Veres feels that while he is grateful for the support he has received, he will have some big shoes to fill. His goal in his work is to strengthen solidarity among congregations

The Year of Thanksgiving at Károli University

2018. november 08., tags: interview, Károli Gáspár Reformed University, Karoli Gáspár Reformed University

“We would like to train professionals for our county and our nation whose value systems and readiness to help are a reflection of the teachings of Jesus,” emphasized Rev. Péter Balla, Professor of Theology. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the University, the Rector of Károli Gáspár University of the RCH was interviewed.

Suffering Gave Us Purpose

2018. október 19., tags: joseph kassab, national evangleical synod of syria and lebanon (nessl), union of armenian evangelical churches in the near east (uaecne), harout selimian, middle east, interview, Middle East, syria

Does a pastor think about running away when war breaks out? Does your religion matter at the market in Aleppo? How did suffering and the past change the members of the Reformed Churches in Syria and how do they see their future? Among others these were the topics Rev. Joseph Kassab, General Secretary of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, and Rev. Haroutune Selimian, President of the Armenian Evangelical Community in Syria talked about during their visit to Hungary. This time, their reporters were Rev. Aaron Stevens and the participants of the panel discussion of the Scottish Mission in Budapest on Tuesday 11th October.

You cannot say “I’m not a racist but Roma people…”

2018. szeptember 20., tags: heks, HEKS, interview, roma ministry

Over the past three and a half years, Ágnes Nyeső has become the face of the National Roma Ministry of RCH as its mission coordinator, but at the beginning of September she took on a new role as school chaplain at three institutions of Bocskai István Reformed Education Centre in the cities of Dunaújváros and Csepel. In the present interview she shares her experiences within the mission, as well as some of her fondest memories.

Is Europe giving up its Values?

2018. szeptember 05., tags: refugee, reformed intellectuals, migration, interview

What can we learn from research studies on immigration? In this day and age, is any and all movement of people happening to the detriment of the Christian world? What religious and cultural differences exist between Europe and the Islamic world? It is such questions that Hanga Horváth-Sántha, senior researcher at the Migration Research Institute, and Nikoletta Incze, researcher at the Center for the Study of Political Islam deal with during their work. They were present at the Conference of Reformed Intellectuals in Szárszó, where we talked to them about the current situation regarding Islam and Western culture.

Strengthening Our Youth Leaders

2018. augusztus 13., tags: konfi+, interview, youth mission

“Give attention to yourself and your teaching” (1 Timothy 4:16) – Organizers chose this verse to be the motto of this year’s Konfi+ Conference. This year Oradea (Nagyvárad) in Romania hosted the Konfi + Conference from 5 to 8 August. We talked with Rev. Péter Bedekovics, Reformed pastor and the new leader of the RCH Youth Office, about the themes and preparations for the conference.

Support and Solidarity within and beyond Carpathian Basin

2018. június 27., tags: hungarian reformed church (hrc), middle east, Hungarian Reformed Church (hrc), Middle East, interview

This year the Reformed Educational Fund supported various educational institutions in the Carpathian Basin and the Scholarship Program for the Church Schools in Syria.

Bridge of Love

2018. május 14., tags: hungarian reformed church aid (hrca), interview, hungarian reformed church aid (HRCA), Hungarian Reformed Church Aid (hrca), Hungarian Reformed Church Aid (HRCA), volunteering

Park clean ups, visiting the elderly, sharing sweets, charity runs, walking dogs that are living in shelters - just a few of the options among the programs of the Bridge of Love Reformed Volunteering Day organized in the Carpathian Basin. The aim of the event that is organized for the 10th time is to show that the Reformed people can work together and help others. We asked Réka Kőrösi-Gilicze the head of Communications of the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid (HRCA) about the details of the program.

Healing Wounds

2018. április 27., tags: middle east, partnership, Middle East, interview, national evangelical synod in lebanon and syria (nessl)

 “By sharing our resources to help people achieve their own better lives, we are showing them how much we love them.” During her visit to Hungary, Rev. Najla Kassab, President of the WCRC, shared her thoughts and experiences on the life of the Hungarian Reformed community, the current situation in Syria, and the cooperation within the Communion, especially between RCH and NESSL.

The Widow’s Offering

2018. február 13., tags: middle east, interview, Middle East, reformed church in subcarpathia, refugee

“We are doing everything in our power to ensure that Christianity does not disappear from its cradle of two thousand years,” said Tristan Azbej, Deputy State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, when interviewed by reformatus.hu, adding that they are also seeking ways to enable Syrian Protestants to stay in their homeland.

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