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 March, 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.
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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).
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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, German and Korean language services in Budapest
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
To partners of the Reformed Church in Hungary Dear friends, I would herewith like to present you the Emergency Response Plan of the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid for the situation in Ukraine, and on its behalf, call you to prayerful solidarity with the reformed community in Sub-Carpathia. Many of you have asked for additional information, and I hope this document answers some of your questions. However, if you have more questions, I encourage you to contact the Reformed Church Aid directly, as they are staying abreast of the happenings in Ukraine and are much more informed than I. Rev. Barnabás Balogh, CEO firstname.lastname@example.org Dániel Osgyán, Head of International Department email@example.com If you wish to support the Church Aid through monetary donations, please use the following information found below. For more news on the situation in Ukraine, please click here. Thank you for your continued interest, prayers of support and solidarity. In Christ, Balázs Ódor Ecumenical Officer, Reformed Church in Hungary Donation Information Account holder: Magyar Református Szeretetszolgálat Alapítvány (Reformed Church Aid) Address of Church Aid: 1146 Budapest, Hungária krt. 200. Bank: CIB BANK Zrt Address of Bank: 1027 BUDAPEST, MEDVE U. 4-14., Hungary SWIFT: CIBHHUHB IBAN: HU59-1070-2019-8500-8898-5040-0003
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32)