Partnership and Co-operation
The Reformed Church in Hungary recognises that co-operating and joining forces with other Christian churches or denominations, which place the Gospel of Jesus Christ as their primary focus, is highly beneficial for any Christian community.
Being devoted to a Calvinist heritage, it is a vital part of our identity to promote the unity of Christian churches and to be an authentic witness of the Gospel. The idea of our unity both inside and outside the church conveys the message that through Christ we are reconciled with God by the Spirit. For the Hungarian Reformed community this ecumenical vision bears an up-to-date significance, as only a few years ago, on 22 May, 2009, the synodal unity of Hungarian Reformed churches was declared as a major ecumenical event.
The two main fields of international relations in the RCH are professional and theological co-operation with sister churches around the world and active participation in the work of international ecumenical organisations. The RCH wishes to accomplish its mission by maintaining fellowship with over 20 churches on four continents, co-operating with ecumenical organisations, and establishing partnerships with educational, diaconal, theological and professional institutions at a congregational, presbytery or national level.
The RCH's mission reaches beyond the borders of Hungary. Therefore, it wishes to accomplish its tasks in several ways: maintaining a relationship with over 20 churches on four continents, expanding contacts with more partner churches, benefitting from bilateral and multilateral cooperation, and actively participating in the work of various ecumenical organisations and programmes. National, presbytery, church district and congregation level twinning programmes (also between educational and diaconial institutions) as well as theological and professional collaborations to enrich the service of the RCH in faith, knowledge, experience and finance.
Partnerships with contracts
Other active partnerships
The partnership system between regional and global organisations, in addition to international denominational organisations has a long history. The Reformed Church in Hungary has been a member of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches since 1909 and so became a member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches after its founding in 2010. Since 1948, the RCH has been listed in the World Council of Churches roster. It is also a member of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and its commissions, the Communion of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE/GEKE) and other global or regional organisations, which have joined together to seek the practical and theological answer to the political, economic and social challenges of our age from the Christian perspective. The RCH is also a member of the Eurodiaconia and the Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME).
English, German and Korean language services in Budapest
In celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the Scottish Mission in Budapest, the RCH speaks with Rev Aaron Stevens, current Minister at the Mission, to hear about his time in the congregation.
Heath Rada, Moderator of the 221st General Assembly of the PCUSA's message at Easter 2016
The opening worship at this year’s November 2015 Synod was led by Very Rev. Ivan Patterson, former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland,