War. The Christmas of the people living in Sub-Carpathia is shadowed by tension, fear, bitterness and inflation. Local people would like peace for Christmas.
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."
Nurturing future generations of pastors is an important task for any church denomination. In the RCH, one way this is realized is through a scholarship program where students have the opportunity to study abroad for a year.
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 New York based Hungarian Human Rights Foundation issued an Alert in regard to the case of the Székely Mikó High School on 4th December. The only hope for fair decision rests in the European Court of Human Rights.
In Hungarian the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid is called, literally, the “love service.” This is fitting because their main aim in society, sharing God’s love through service to others, whether that be at home or abroad.
In light of the 10th Anniversary of the Accra Confession, which was adopted by the World Alliance of Reformed Churches' 24th General Council, we share some of our commentaries on the document that not only highlights our thoughts, but also sheds some light on our position on the document.
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.
In the last 18 years we arrived at the community of churches looking for its future – the outgoing Presiding Bishop, Gusztáv Bölcskei evaluated the events of his three terms in a row on the 15th, closing session of the 13th Synod.
The Reformed Church in Hungary is always intentional where the maintenance of international ecumenical relationships is concern. It is a tradition for us to ensure that our officially recognised partners are invited to send representatives to our Synod Meetings.
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Reformed Church in Hungary
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PO Box: 1140-Budapest, 70, Pf. 5
Phone: + 36 1 460 0708