Looking Back at 2017

Looking Back at 2017

As we welcome the New Year 2018, we reflect on the events of 2017 and give thanks for the things that happened within the Reformed Church in Hungary.

Our Church

Facts and Statistics

In Hungary, 1.15 million people claimed a Reformed affiliation in the 2011 Census, including 600,000 active in Reformed congregations.

 

Our Call

Following the call of Christ, the RCH aims to be a witness in the world, fulfilling a faithful mission and strives to live as an ever-reforming church.

 

History

For many centuries, our Reformed church has played a significant role in the historical and cultural development of Hungary.

 

Organisation

Congregations are considered the most fundamental unit of our church, based on the principle: "the church exists in its congregations."

 

Hungarian Reformed Community

The Hungarian Reformed Church is composed of the Hungarian-speaking Reformed churches in the Carpathian Basin.

 

Diaspora

The Hungarian Reformed Church (HRC) is the "mother" of many Hungarian Reformed churches and communities all over the world. 

 

Ecumenical Relations

The RCH works with different ecumenical organizations across Hungary to demonstrate its dedication to “Communion as unity in diversity."

Roma Ministry

I Stand by You

Kép: I Stand by You

Theatre performances can overwhelm and shake the audience, all the while being educational.

Roma Mission Conference in Berekfürdő

The National Roma Mission Conference happened in Berekfürdő between October 6th and 8th.

A Little Help on the Way to Damascus

The Roma Mission of the Transtibiscan Reformed Church District and the Drop of Help Foundation for Underprivileged People participated in Family Day, a civil conference and workshop.

God Sees Under the Surface

On April 8, 2017, International Roma Day, many people gathered together in the Reformed Church in Káposztásmegyer for a day of common prayer.

Church and Society

Mission to the People

Mission is a priority task in the life of the RCH. Through active mission, our church reaches out to every needy group in Hungarian society.

 

Diaconia

The diaconal service aims to reach people in need and motivate Reformed congregations to "Carry each other's burdens." (Gal. 6:2)

 

Institutions

The RCH fulfills its mission through maintaining certain institutions that serve not only their local communities, but people nationwide.

International Ecumenical Relations

Partnership and Co-operation

The partnership and cooperation with churches and organisations around the world, has always played a major role in the life of the RCH.

 

Coordination of Ecumenical Relations

The International and Ecumenical Committee, assisted by the Ecumenical Advisory Board, is responsible for the RCH’s ecumenical strategy.

 

Mission Coworkers

The RCH believes it is important to deepen the relationships with partner churches by inviting and welcoming mission coworkers.

 

Congregational Partnerships - Twinning

If you are interested in establishing a partnership with a Hungarian Reformed congregation, please contact us!

Solidarity Visit to Syria and Lebanon

Kép: Solidarity Visit to Syria and Lebanon
After several months of planning, on the 4th of December 2017, an eight-strong delegation of the Reformed Church in Hungary (RCH) left for Lebanon and Syria to express our solidarity and show our support to our borthers and sisters in the Middle East.

Migrants in Hungary

Hungarian elderly help refugees find new purpose

In caring for others, refugees leave traumas behind and gain new friends in ‘sceptical’ Hungary.

#LiveTheBorder. Churches took an ecumenical stance exploring migration issues

“Living and Witnessing the Border”, an international conference held from 30 September – 4 October in Palermo and Lampedusa, attended by hundred participants including the WCRC Task Force on Migration and its member representing the RCH,

Hungary would like to be a refuge for persecuted Christians

“Hungary would like to be a refuge for persecuted Christians”, Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog said on Friday in Budapest.

Integration Country Program in Full Swing

In February 2017, the RCH and Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER) cooperated on a Country Program for Hungary, making refugee integration one of the main priorities.


News

Statement on Parliamentary Elections

Kép: Statement on Parliamentary Elections

RCH Presidium encourages for participation and self-moderation during the campaign season toward the day of the national elecetion.

Five hundred hugs

In October a delegation of young children sweetened the day of all the church leaders and colleagues in the Bishop's office.

The Workers of Reciprocity

Former volunteers and European partners celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the existence of The Voluntary Diaconal Year in Hungary (ÖDE)

Serving to Learn in Budapest and Beyond

Karoli Gaspar University has once more welcomes a group of students from Calvin College

In Solidarity with Syria

Kép: In Solidarity with Syria

A delegation of the Reformed Church in Hungary recently paid a solidarity visit to Reformed Churches in Lebanon and Syria. Read the reflection from Diana Erdélyi, member of the delegation and RCH ecumenical secretary.

Toward Cooperation between University and Eco-Congregation Council

The Eco-Congregation Movement of RCH held its annual general council on 24th November. Beside electing the new chair, structural changes were adopted.

New Co-operation in Holistic Mission

The Secretary General of the United Evangelical Mission, Germany, and RCH considered joint responsibility in mission co-operation and public responsibility.

Contact us

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Reformed Church in Hungary

Address: H-1146 Budapest, Abonyi utca 21.   

PO Box: 1140 Budapest 70, Pf. 5

Phone/Fax: + 36 1 460 0708 

Email: oikumene@reformatus.hu





Our church through American eyes

 

We encourage you to read our  former GM intern Kearstin Bailey's blog about her time, spent in Hungary.