2016 marks the 60th anniversary of Hungary’s 1956 Revolution. In memoriam of these events, the RCH Synod held a special session meeting, a Synod of Remembrance, which was attended by prominent leaders in the community. The Synod adopted a Memorandum dedicated to the Revolution.
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 RCH has recently published an English translation of a popular interview series done highlighting the work of Roma youth, mission workers, pastors, and artists within the RCH.
An After School project managed by the Reformed Church in Pilisvörösvár relies on the funds raised by selling soup and sweets at the Szimpla market to support their summer camp for disadvantaged children.
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 Scottish Mission in Budapest recently celebrated its 175th anniversary and members of the RCH and the Church of Scotland participated in the Jubilee.
The Church of Scotland is at the forefront of supporting refugees seeking sanctuary in Hungary.
Dóra Kanizsai-Nagy, Head of the Refugee Ministry of RCH, is currently in the United States of America participating in PCUSA’s International Peacemakers Program.
The RCH’s American intern recently visited our partner church, the Evangelical Church in Greece, to learn more about their aid work with refugees.
Assembly preparations began in earnest last week with a brainstorming session in Budapest (Hungary), the location of the 14th General Assembly.
“Good Friday will be a public holiday”, Prime Minster Viktor Orbán announced at the commemorative session of the Hungarian Reformed Church Synod.
The Reformation Memorial Committee held its autumn session on Thursday morning in the Parliament Building, chaired by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
October 12-14 will see 30 ecumenical guests gather in Budapest to begin plans for the 15th CEC General Assembly.
RCH Presiding Bishop Dr. István Szabó recently traveled South Korea to meet with partner churches and discuss the strong ecumenical ties that exist.