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."
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 Relation
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 Foreign Affairs 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 help we provided is just a few drops in the ocean, but for those we helped, it meant everything," said Daniel Osgyán, director of Emergency Response for the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid, who returned 22 November with a group of doctors from the Philippines.
Rev. Dr. Jerry Pillay is the president of the World Communion of Reformed Churches and also the General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church in South Africa. He recently made a trip to Hungary where he received an honorary doctorate from the Debrecen Reformed Theological University.
Every year, a group of students from Calvin College comes to Hungary for a semester abroad at Károli Gáspár University. The following article is a reflection on the positive affect international congregations had for previous Calvin students, and how these communities helped transform the students' perspectives toward community.
Zoltán Balog, minister of Human Resources, presented several awards on 11 November, the Day of Social Work. The heads of the RCH's Homeless Ministry and Refugee Ministry as well as the Mohács-Kölked congregation social home and its director were among the recipients.
The fall meeting of the General Synod of the RCH began on 14 November in Budapest. Several topics were on the docket for the meeting, including the Roma action plan, the findings of the Church Revision Committee and a discussion on the implication of the Leuenberg Agreement on church legal documents.
To celebrate the Heidelberg Catechism's 450th anniversary, the Hungarian Reformed Church accepted a new Hungarian translation of the text and published a special edition of the Catechism containing the full text in the languages of Reformed congregations in the Carpathian Basin.
A medical team from the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid (HRCA) deployed to the Philippines on 11 November following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in order to deliver medical equipment and 15,000 dollars-worth of aid. The team left Hungary on Monday for the city of Tacloban.
Rev. László Gonda has been a member of the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism since 2006 and together with his fellow commissioners, helped develop mission statement of the WCC entitled, Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes.
Statement of Bishop István Szabó (Danubian District of the Reformed Church in Hungary) in relation to the unveiling of the statue of Governor Miklós Horthy at the Budapest-Szabadság square Reformed Congregation.
At the 10th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches, Gusztáv Bölcskei, presiding bishop of the RCH, participated in meetings with His Holiness Karekin II, supreme patriarch and Catholicos of the Holy See of St. Echmiadzin and All Armenians and also Nareg Alemezian, Archbishop and representative of the Cilician Catholicosate (Lebanon).
Szeklerland is an area in Transylvania, Romania, with a majority population of ethnic Hungarians. On 26 October, the Szekler National Council released a statement outlining its desire for self-government as an autonomous territory following examples established elsewhere in Europe.
To celebrate the day of reformation, 31 October, Rev. Dr. Gabor J. Lanyi from the Hungarian Reformed Church in America takes a look at the historical and cultural importance of the Protestant reformation in Hungary.
In remembrance of the 1956 revolution we spoke with Dániel Szabó, recent recipient of the anniversary medallion of the Debrecen Reformed College on its 475th anniversary. We asked the former lay president of the Cistibiscan church district about his memories from the ’50s.
The 23rd of October is the anniversary of the 1956 uprising in Budapest against the Soviet regime in Hungary. Former Reformed bishop, László Ravasz, spoke these words to the Hungarian people through a radio address on 1 November 1956.
For the second time in its history, the RCH's Eco-Congregation Program has conducted an eco-congregation contest. This year, eight congregations submitted entries for consideration and the Sopron Lutheran congregation was awarded the 2013 prize.
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Reformed Church in Hungary
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PO Box: 1140-Budapest, 70, Pf. 5
Phone: + 36 1 460 0708
English and German worship services in Budapest
If you speak English and you stay in Budapest, we invite you to visit the service of St. Columba's Presbyterian Church (The Scottish Mission).
Wenn Sie in Budapest verweilen und gerne an einem deutschsprachigen Gottesdienst teilnehmen, dann besuchen Sie die Deutschsprachige Evangelisch - Reformierte Kirchgemeinde in Budapest
Documents and Reports
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