Hungarian Reformed Community
The name "Reformed Church in Hungary" does not refer to the entire "Hungarian Reformed Church." These are two different organizations. The latter is not a legal entity in terms of international law, but an expression of a special church communion in the form of a Common Synod. It is composed of the Hungarian-speaking reformed churches in the Carpathian Basin who are all registered in their respective countries separately.
The Hungarian Reformed Church (HRC) was established by the Constituting Synod on 22 May 2009 in Debrecen. It is a community of Reformed churches in the Carpathian Basin that incorporates Hungarian Reformed congregations both within and outside the borders of Hungary because of their separation from each other as a consequence of World War I. The constitution of the church, adopted by consensus, declares that the HRC is a community of joined churches with a common synod, which can pass legislation and make formal statements concerning issues decided upon by the highest syndicates of participating churches. However, the joined churches are autonomous and independently form their own organizational systems (with the exception of those things regulated by the common constitution and laws).
The HRC's operational body is the General Convent. As the common representative body of the Reformed churches in the Carpathian Basin, it has an important role in the coordination of common issues and works to achieve unity through a harmonizing liturgy and Hymnbook, because of their cooperation in mission and diaconia. The General Convent consists of all the deans and lay presidents in office of the Reformed presbyteries within the Carpathian Basin, as well as bishops and first elders in office of the church districts. Its presidium meets every two months and is composed of the bishops and first elders in office.
The Hungarian Reformed Community, the churches in and around Hungary, understand themselves as "mother churches" or "churches of origin" of the diaspora communities. The Presidium of General Convent develops and coordinates those programs that aim to support the diaspora communities, including regular visits and service of Hungarian pastors in the Western-European cities, coordination of theological students studying abroad or even financial aid.
The constitution of the Hungarian Reformed Church was ratified by the following churches:
- Reformed Church in Hungary
- Reformed Church in Romania
- Reformed Christian Church in Slovakia
- Reformed Church in Sub-Carpathia
- Reformed Christian Church in Serbia
- Reformed Christian Church in Slovenia
- Reformed Christian Church in Croatia
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Reformed Church in Hungary
Abonyi utca 21
PO Box: 1140-Budapest, 70, Pf. 5
Phone: + 36 1 460 0708
English, German and Korean language services in Budapest
After the WARC General Council in Accra not only the Hungarian translation of the Accra Confession was published, but also discussions and theological work was encouraged as to the status and the content of the document.
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To partners of the Reformed Church in Hungary Dear Brothers and Sisters, On behalf of the community of the Transylvanian Reformed Church District (Romania) I would like to draw your kind attention to deliberate violations of fundamental rights in Romania and to politically motivated court case which affects badly the life, integrity and the property itself of the Transylvanian Reformed Church District. On 26 November 2014 in its sentence, the court of appeals in Ploiesti upheld part of an earlier ruling under which the Reformed Church would be stripped of the ownership of the restituted property of the Székely Mikó Reformed High School in Sepsiszentgyörgy (Sfântu Gheorghe). In addition, the court decision sentenced three members of the Special Committee on Church Property Restitution (SCCPR) for three years of suspended prison just for implementing the Law on restitution and returned the above property to its rightful owner, the Transylvanian Reformed Church District. This verdict gives birth to a dangerous legal precedent, leading to other instances of re-naturalization of already returned church properties although Hungarian churches in Romania never demanded anything that was not originally held by their ownership. The Assembly of the Transylvanian Reformed Church District is deeply shocked and distressed following the above decision of the Romanian court as the verdict denies the legitimate owner, the Transylvanian Reformed Church District, of its real estate, and questions the rightful restitution of a building which was naturalized in the Communist regime. „Our loyalty and belief in the Rule-of-Law, which we nurtured toward the Romanian State in the past years was seriously offended” – says the statement of the Church District reflecting the gravity of the situation. I respectfully ask you to put into effect your influence, in order to constrain the Romanian authorities to immediately drop all charges against the three members of the Special Committee on Church Property Restitution. I also kindly ask you to take time to read the summary and the statement posted on our website and express your solidarity with the Reformed community in Romania at the following address: email@example.com Let us pray for God’s wisdom for the deliberations of the Extraordinary Assembly of the Church District as it gathers on 29 November. Yours in Christ, Dr. Gusztáv Bölcskei Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Church in Hungary
Since 2012 the Reformed Church in Hungary has a Korean speaking ministry, supervised by the Presbyterian Church in Korea (PCK), recognized as a mission congregation by the Synod of the Reformed Church in Hungary