Suffering Gave Us Purpose

Suffering Gave Us Purpose

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? The podium discussion with Rev. Joseph Kassab and Rev. Haroutine Selimian at the Scottish Mission was a chance for church members to be in fellowship with the Syrian Church leaders visiting 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

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

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

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 now she takes on a new role as school chaplain at three institutions.

God’s Kingdom Visible in Education

Colleagues of the Reformed Church in Hungary’s Roma Mission and HEKS-RCH joint project organized a workshop on the Inclusive Reformed Primary Schools at the Synod Office.

Clinging to the talented ones like a thistle

In the primary school of Véménd, there are two groups of mostly Roma children, supported by HEKS (Swiss Interchurch Aid) for more than a year, where there has been an exemplary gifted children’s program.

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!

Faith for Peace and Reconciliation

Kép: Faith for Peace and Reconciliation
A public lecture organized by the Hungarian State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians was held at KRE with guest lecturers, Rev. Joseph Kassab and Rev. Haroutune Selimian, two church leaders from Syria. The Hungarian Government pledged two million euros for the two partner churches of RCH.

Migrants in Hungary

Stop Hotspot Approach, Create Safe Passages

Church asylum experts gathered in Athens to look critically at current European Asylum policies. Senior staff members of RCH’s refugee integration ministry were in attendance, including Dóra Kanizsai, head of the Ministry and vice-moderator of CCME.

Recognition of Kalunba Graduates

Kép: Recognition of Kalunba Graduates

In recognition of the recent graduates of the Interpretation course, there was a small ceremony, following a charity concert featuring internationally renowned guitarist, Ayman Jarjour in support of Kalunba Social Services Ltd.

Is Europe giving up its Values?

What can we learn from research studies on immigration? What religious and cultural differences exist between Europe and the Islamic world? An Interview reflecting on the theme of the Conference of Reformed Intellectuals, focusing on migration.


News

A Future with Hope

The 12th Assembly of the European Christian Environmental Network issued a statement, calling Churches to embrace their Christian responsibility regarding Ecological Justice. Boglárka Szűcs, coordinator of the Eco-congregation movement of RCH, attended the meeting.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán received leaders of Syrian Reformed Churches

Kép: Prime Minister Viktor Orbán received leaders of Syrian Reformed Churches

On Tuesday in the Parliament Building Prime Minister Viktor Orbán received the leaders of the Syrian Reformed Churches, Joseph Kassab, General Secretary of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, and Haroutune George Selimian, President of the Armenian Evangelical Community of Syria.

Sharing with Syrian Church Partners

To continue and strengthen the partnership, the Reformed Church in Hungary has invited church leaders of the Armenian Protestant Community in Syria and the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon to Budapest for a Partnership Visit.

Fellowship with Syrian Reformed Church Leaders

Leaders of Syrian partner churches of RCH will visit Hungary next week. Rev. Harout Selimian, President of the Protestant Community in Syria and Rev. Joseph Kassab, General Secretary of the National Evangelical Synod in Syria and Lebanon will not only meet leaders of RCH and senior colleagues of its ministries, but also participate at public fora.

Radical Faith

In continued partnership with the United Evangelical Mission, the Reformed Church in Hungary was represented at the General Assembly in Parapat, Indonesia.

Peace and Reunification

Representing the Reformed Church in Hungary, Rev. Balázs Ódor, ecumenical officer, attended the general assemblies of the two Korean partner churches, as well as the consultation of PROK.

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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.