In 2014 international delegates were again invited to RCH's Synod. As part of their visit they participated in a partners' consultation about Truth and Reconciliation in the light of Communist Past.
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!
“We can only survive if Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin stand by us and lend their hand”, Bishop in Sub-Carpathian Sándor Zán Fábián told at a press conference held about the assistance given through the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid (HRCA) to the communities living in the region.
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev John Chalmers was among the international delegates at our Synod. We share his reflection on the visit in Hungary.
On 26th October 2014, Jane Haining was remembered in book and film at 16.30 at the Scottish Mission on Vörösmarty Street.
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’.
In 2017, Reformed churches around the world will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, and in Hungary preparation for the jubilee year has already begun.
This year is marked by the election of new officials in our church, due to the fact that on 31st December 2014 the six-year mandates of all elected presbytery, church district and Synod officers will expire. We have collected the deadlines, set by the election law, and summed up the agenda in connection to the elections.
2014 is a special year of Reformed remembrance. This year we celebrate several anniversaries related to many well-known Swiss reformers’ lives. Some of the things we remember about the scientists who contributed to the Hungarian awareness to the works of the "fathers of the faith."
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.
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Reformed Church in Hungary
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PO Box: 1140-Budapest, 70, Pf. 5
Phone: + 36 1 460 0708