The 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was opened on 21 January 2018 in the St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest with sermons by Cardinal Péter Erdő and Reformed Bishop József Steinbach, Chairman of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in Hungary. Prayers were offered especially for the victims of Christian persecution around the globe.
The issue of migration has been escalating in Europe for months. Over the past few days the situation in Hungary has become especially dramatic. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary (ELCH) has been participating in the activities providing help to migrants to the best of its abilities and resources.
"It is another variation of spreading fear of the 23 million Rumanians [possibly entering the Hungarian labour market after a bilateral agreement in 2002]", says Lutheran Bishop Tamás Fabiny to the Mandiner portal about the government consultation on immigration and terrorism which distressed him just as much as the "eye-wash" of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán elaborating on capital punishment. As the Bishop says, "believers mustn't stick to a status ten years ago and take in everything what a given party feeds them". Fabiny was taken aback by government politics lacking true consultation – or as he puts it, the steam-roller. Read our interview here.
We are pleased to share the Easter Message of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in Hungary and the Permanent Council of Hungarian Catholic Bishops' Conference.
The Protestant Churches in Hungary, and the Evangelical Church of Rhineland, Germany hosted the Second conference of Protestant Synod Members from around Europe organised by the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) on 30th January to 1st February in Budapest, Hungary. The theme of the meeting was “How does Protestantism affect Europe right now and in the future?”
Together on the Way: Closing Statement of the Second European Synod Meeting, Budapest 2015, January 30-February 1
The Ecumenical Council of Churches in Hungary and Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference has issued a joint statement regarding the Acts of Terror in Paris.
Révfülöp – The conference of the Anglican-Lutheran Society (ALS) took place between 12-16 September in Révfülöp, Hungary, with the title “‘Fear Not, Little Flock’: The Vocation of Minority Churches Today.” The Anglican-Lutheran Society was formed in 1984 with the aim to provide meeting opportunities of the two denominations and to promote Christian unity.
Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Information Services 01 November, 2013
Brussels – In light of the IPCC’s 5th Assessment report, and in advance of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, a one day seminar entitled “Environmental protection and climate change as a challenge for policies – the role of ethics, lifestyles, solidarity and global justice” has concluded. Organised jointly by the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Commission of the Episcopates of the European Community (COMECE), in collaboration with the Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA), this ‘dialogue seminar’ involved expert contributors—confessional and non-confessional—participating in an open forum.
Budapest – The Ecumenical Council of Churches in Hungary declares solidarity with all Christians in Syria who are exposed to various kinds of repression, persecution and threat to murder.
Budapest – Ecumenical Challenges in the Coming Decade, 9 April 2013, Budapest, Hungary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC General Secretary