Faraway But Not Alone

Faraway But Not Alone

Distance does nothing to lessen the historic and ethnic ties that bind the Hungarian reformed people living in diaspora situations to their homeland.

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."

Interviews

Fact-finding Not Only About Informers

The Fact-finding Historian Committee (TTB) is about to finish its assignment. István Szabadi, secretary of the committee and director of the Transtibiscan Reformed Church District’s archive gave an account of its results during the April Synod session.

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 sister 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 (Relations) 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!

Steps Toward Social Inclusion

Kép: Steps Toward Social Inclusion
The HEKS Regional Partner Meeting of Eastern Europe and Western Balkans was organised in Kosovo and Serbia on inclusion of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians, where the Reformed Church in Hungary was represented by the Roma Mission Office.

News

“The Lord, let me serve Him”

If we cannot make any sacrifices for each other, our Christianity is worth nothing – emphasized Mrs. János Pásztor, who was the president of the Hungarian Reformed Women’s Association for nearly 20 years. Recently, she has resigned and is thinking back over the past years with gratitude.

7th Hungarian Reformed World Summit

The 7th Hungarian Reformed World Summit was held on 10 July in Sepsiszentgyörgy, Romania. During this occasion, the General Convent of the Hungarian Reformed Church also held its assembly unveiled a statue of John Calvin for the 450th commemoration of his death.

Opening the Doors to Integration

For those refugees and migrants settling in a new country, studying the language is the first step to integrating into society. But what do you do if there are no resources with which to learn? For Somalis coming to Hungary, this is the exact situation they encounter upon arrival.

Faraway But Not Alone

Today, members of the Hungarian Reformed community extend well beyond the boundaries of Hungary. However, the distance does nothing to lessen the historic and ethnic ties that bind these reformed people to their homeland.

Tiptoeing Through the Minefields of the Cold War

The following tribute was first published in a volume dedicated to Bishop Károly Tóth in recognition of his 75th birthday in 2006. Rev. Dwain C. Epps gave permission for the re-publication of his work in order to not only commemorate Bishop Tóth’s life but in the hopes of communicating his faithful witness in the difficult times of the Cold War.

Church of Scotland: Presence in Society

The Church of Scotland General Assembly is an important event in the life of the Scottish Church that takes place every year in Edinburgh. This year the head of the Mission Department, Rev. Eszter Dani, was invited to represent the Reformed Church in Hungary at the Assembly as an international delegate.

Messages of Condolence

Following the death of former bishop Dr. Károly Tóth, the Reformed Church in Hungary has received an outpouring of letters expressing condolence and appreciation for his life. Among them were messages from international ecumenical organizations, service to which was such an important aspect of Dr.Tóth’s work, and individuals that he had made connections with during his life.

God Loves the Refugee

Abraham and Sarah, the newborn Jesus and the first Christians all experienced the compulsion to flee and the difficulties of integration, but all of them also knew the care of God. The Hungarian Bible Society and the Reformed Mission Centre have prepared a traveling exhibition that urges us to see the vulnerability of refugees.

Contact us

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Address

Ecumenical Office

Reformed Church in Hungary

1146 Budapest

Abonyi utca 21

PO Box: 1140-Budapest, 70, Pf. 5

Phone: + 36 1 460 0708

Email: oikumene@reformatus.hu


Global Mission blog

We encourage you to follow our GM intern's blog during her time in Hungary.