2014 is a special year of Reformed remembrance, celebrating several anniversaries of Swiss reformers who contributed to the Hungarian awareness of works of the ’fathers of the faith.’ October is also the month of reformation in the Reformed Curch in Hungary.
In Hungary, 1.15 million people claimed a Reformed affiliation in the 2011 Census, including 600,000 active in Reformed congregations.
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.
For many centuries, our Reformed church has played a significant role in the historical and cultural development of Hungary.
Congregations are considered the most fundamental unit of our church, based on the principle: "the church exists in its congregations."
The Hungarian Reformed Church is composed of the Hungarian-speaking Reformed churches in the Carpathian Basin.
The Hungarian Reformed Church (HRC) is the "mother" of many Hungarian Reformed churches and communities all over the world.
The RCH works with different ecumenical organizations across Hungary to demonstrate its dedication to “Communion as unity in diversity."
The number of matriculated students at Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary increased again. The institution has expanded and is now waiting to welcome students in September with a new building. Rector Péter Balla also told us if he would be applying for the church elections this autumn.
Church and Society
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.
The diaconal service aims to reach people in need and motivate Reformed congregations to "Carry each other's burdens." (Gal. 6:2)
The RCH fulfills its mission through maintaining certain institutions that serve not only their local communities, but people nationwide.
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.
International Ecumenical Relations
The partnership and cooperation with sister churches and organisations around the world, has always played a major role in the life of the RCH.
The International and Ecumenical (Relations) Committee, assisted by the Ecumenical Advisory Board, is responsible for the RCH’s ecumenical strategy.
The RCH believes it is important to deepen the relationships with partner churches by inviting and welcoming mission coworkers.
If you are interested in establishing a partnership with a Hungarian Reformed congregation, please contact us!
The president and secretary of the European Area of the World Communion of Reformed Churches have issued a letter expressing WCRC's solidarity for the Reformed Church in Sub-Carpathia and the Hungarian minority living in Ukraine as they face the uncertain situation in Ukraine.
The European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) 10th Assembly held on 27th September to 1st October at the Soli Deo Gloria Reformed Conference Centre in Balatonszárszó themed ‘Energy and Climate Change – the Churches’ Role and Voice’.
The Teach Overseas program has been sending native English speakers to Hungary for more than 20 years. Most recently this connection has been manifested through the organization’s relationship with the Refugee Ministry of the Reformed Church in Hungary.
Maria Kojdecka came to Budapest as a volunteer with no real plan of where she would work. All she knew was that she wanted to teach and wanted an adventure. She found herself at the community center of the Reformed Church in Hungary’s Refugee Ministry.
Quadrennial Assembly took place from 25 to 29 June in Atlanta, GA, where international guests were invited from 18 countries, which meant around 25 partner churches and organizations were present. Among the international sisters was RCH delegate, Szabina Sztojka.
At first glance, the connection between Hungary and Korea may seem distant if not all together non-existent. However, the historical parallel between the Korean and Hungarian people has become a solid foundation for cooperation among churches.
The sanctuary of the Őrmező reformed congregation was once a pub but it has now become the home of a community center. The members of the congregation have been praying for over 10 years to have their own room in this housing district of Budapest.
So far, thousands have visited the Contrast exhibit, organized together by the Reformed Church in Hungary and the police. The multimedia art exhibition is part of the family and youth protection project and can be seen again in Budapest.
“Hungarian people become angry quickly, but there are patient and kind ones too,” said Sally, the 10-year-old who came from Syria with her parents. She learns a lot at the Refugee Community Center in Budapest with other foreign young people.
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Reformed Church in Hungary
Abonyi utca 21
PO Box: 1140-Budapest, 70, Pf. 5
Phone: + 36 1 460 0708