Faculty members from Calvin College, a Reformed Christian university in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, reflect on the historic partnership between their university and Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary.
An interview with the Presiding Bishop István Szabó about major public church duties in 2016, the relaunch of the Church Revision Committee, the relationship between our Church and the state as well as the persecution of Christians.
An interview with the Presiding Bishop István Szabó, about the Christmas story and what it means that God started a new history with humankind through the death and resurrection of the Saviour.
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."
Between the 25th and 27th of September, the Reformed Church in Hungary held a National Roma Mission Conference titled “You blessed us, You redeemed us, You welcomed us into your country.”
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.
International Ecumenical Relations
The partnership and cooperation with churches and organisations around the world, has always played a major role in the life of the RCH.
The International and Ecumenical 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 Presidium of RCH welcomes and strongly supports the resolution passed in the European Parliament and the related statement of CEC regarding the persecution of religious minorities by the so-called ISIS/Da’esh.
Dóra Kanizsai-Nagy, head of the RCH Refugee Ministry, recently represented the RCH at the World Council of Churches/United Nations high level conference on the refugee crisis in europe, which took place at the Ecumenical Centre Geneva on 18-19 January.
The RCH participated in the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) joint study, Mapping Migration: Mapping Churches’ Responses in Europe.
Prior to its Synod Meeting, the Praeses of EKiR, invited the leaders of the partner churches to a consultation on the refugee situation. The next meeting will be held in Budapest. A press release has also been issued.
The RCH Refugee Ministry’s Christmas party sets a tone of community and joy for the year to come.
U.S.Teenagers Retell Refugees' Stories
Last May American students did their missions trip in Budapest with RCH Refugee Ministry and learned about refugees' ways of life and the turbulent situations that forced them to flee.
A commemoration of Raoul Wallenberg was held on 18 January in Budapest, where the award named in his honor was handed out. Éva Antala, prison chaplain and pastor of Nagyölved, was one of those awarded this year.
International partners stand in solidarity with the Hungarian population living in Sub-Carpathia, donating clothing items, monetary gifts, and showing their support through partnership visits.
We look back at the last year, full of gratitude for the things that happened within the Reformed Church in Hungary during this vibrant and vital time.
Around the country, 8,000 people joined in the ecumenical volunteer time of action called “72 hours – No Compromise” between in October.
The Reformed Theological University of Debrecen welcomed Peter Bukowski, the former moderator of the German Reformed Alliance, as an honorary doctor.