Our partner, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America presents the following webinar: A Conscience Captive to God’s Word
As Prof. Dr Jürgen Moltmann, one of the most widely read theologians of our time, turned 95 on 8 April, the World Council of Churches (WCC) ecumenical fellowship shared its deep gratitude not only for his complex body of work but for his theology of hope.
”If I could, I would show the people acting skeptically or irresponsibly what everyday life at a Covid unit looks like”, says Ákos Eszlényi. The mission pastor of the congregation in Kerepes-Kistarcsa (Budapest) also serves as a hospital chaplain in the Pest County Hospital, so he has hands-on experience of the situation inside the unit. In this interview, he shares his thoughts on the pandemic, vaccination, different ways to help and the power of prayer.
As I am writing these words, I already know that we will not be able to open our churches for live worships during Easter time. Similarly to last year, the COVID pandemic will once again force us to stay at home and participate in the services online or read an Easter sermon sent by our pastor via e-mail or regular post. Alternatively, we can use the Phone-a-Friend function of earlier quiz shows and ask a Christian sister or brother for help – and there is no time limit to the call, unlike in the quiz show. Another option is to open our Bibles and read the Scripture alone or with others, pray together or nurture our souls with the articles of our fortnightly magazine Evangélikus Élet. As a word of encouragement: God will never leave us without the comfort of His word. And, when we can finally return to church, we should consider it a gift of God!
Aszód – In a fundraising campaign to support a fellow Lutheran church school, The Evangelical Lutheran School of Aszód, a school of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary (ELCH) has raised USD 2,700 for the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah, Palestine an Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) school.
Péter Esterházy (1950 – 2016), one of the most remarkable and widely known authors of contemporary Hungarian literature would have turned 70 last week. On this occasion, the Lutheran website in Hungary announced that the Esterházy Family had donated the Péter and Gitta Esterházy Library to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary (ELCH). In the following, Gabriella H. Hubert, Director of the ELCH Collections (Museum, Library and Archive), Tamás Fabiny, Presiding Bishop of the ELCH and Mr. Gergely Prőhle, Lay Leader of the ELCH, talk about the spiritual significance of this cultural treasure and about the theological dimension of the Esterházy texts.
Budapest – The Hungarian Television – Duna Channel broadcasted on 22. 03. 2020. the lutheran service from Budafok. Sermon: dr. Tamás Fabiny presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary.
An article about Gábor Sztehlo in the magazine of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Amerika, Living Lutheran.
Warsaw – On September 17. 2019, the V4 Lutheran Churches signed a public statement in Warsaw, responding to today's challenges, aiming for closer relations in the future and seeking cooperation in the Eastern European region within the Lutheran World Federation.
A reflection on asking forgiveness and the misuse of Christianity to spread hatred today
Lutheran and Reformed Churches’ environmental organisations sent a letter to the President in Hungary in support of the EU long-term climate strategy for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050. Below you can read the letter signed by the Presidents of the Eco-Congregation Movement of Reformed Church in Hungary and the Ararat Creation Protection Working Group of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary.
Geneva – Budapest – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary (ELCH) supports persecuted Christians in Northern Iraq who are returning to the homes they forcibly fled nearly two years ago, following attacks by the Islamic State militants. Reflecting on a visit to the region earlier this year, ELCH lay president Gergely Prőhle, shared his experience of hope amid ruins.
Budapest – On 7th November the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) Central Europe missionaries were officially welcomed to Hungary by Bishop Tamás Fabiny, the Presiding Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Hungary.
Budapest – On Wednesday, September 12th, the Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) Central Europe volunteers completed their orientation with the Sending Service Event at Fasor Lutheran Church. The YAGM volunteers began their journey in Chicago, USA, with YAGM who would serve with communities all over the world.
An exchange of ideas, talents, knowledge and spirituality: Members of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary (ELCH) travelled to Yola, east Nigeria, through the LWF program Mutual Learning through Exchange of Leaders, to meet members of The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN). In the coming months, the visit will be reciprocated when the Hungarian church welcomes representatives of the Nigerian church.
Please close your eyes a little, imagine your average day. Only in big lines, with all the habits, with the swirling. And now imagine this with a seven-hour time shift, on another continent, more than eight thousand kilometers from the country, only among unknown people, for nearly a month. Awesome and scary at one time, right? But something, something seemed to have removed distances, continents, and differences. This was each other’s and God's love. I have experienced this between June 15 and July 9 in America. But let me be a bit more concrete to try and pass on all that I was doing there as delegate of the Lutheran Church in Hungary.
The Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary (ELCH) held its meeting on 25 May.
The Southern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary held its Mission Day in Budapest-Pestszentimre on 21 May, 2018. The programme included a worship service, a panel discussion, group discussions and concerts but it was also an occasion to say farewell to Bishop Péter Gáncs, who has been pastoring the diocese for 15 years. His successor, Bishop-Elect Péter Kondor will be inaugurated at the end of June in Szarvas.
Bishop Tamás Fabiny, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary (ELCH) and Gergely Prőhle, Lay Leader of the ELCH visited the Bashiqua region in Iraq over the Pentecost weekend. The aim of their visit was to meet local families supported by the “Hungary Helps Programme” of Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA) and the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Luther cartoon directed by Zsolt Richly and produced by Bishop Tamás Fabiny was featured on May 2nd at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as part of a film club. Four episodes of the ten-episode series were shown. The film was also followed by a discussion with the director and Zoltán Csepregi, Professor of Church History at the Lutheran Theological University.
The annual Mission Day of the Northern Diocese was held on 12 May in the Lutheran Secondary School of Aszód. It gathered more than 800 participants from over 70 congregations.
The Szélrózsa (Windrose) Festival of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary has been published on the official website of the Festival. It includes worship, Bible studies, forum discussions, film clubs, concerts, sports, interactive programmes, crafts, a marketplace and many other offerings. The organisers are also planning English and German-language programmes for international visitors.
On 14 April a new place of worship was inaugurated in the Pestszentimre district of Budapest by Bishop Péter Gáncs. The local Lutheran community first started thinking about building a church in 1930, but their plans were thwarted by war and the ensuing political situation.
The Synodal Council of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB) and the Praesidium of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary (ELKU) met together in Brno on February 27th and 28th.
Each year seminary students put on a play to act out the events of the Holy Week. They script and stage the play themselves to create their unique interpretation of the story. The passion play is first performed at the Seminary and then students embark on a tour to bring the experience into several congregations in one of the deaneries.
On 25 March, Palm Sunday, a new Lutheran facility was inaugurated in Mátraszentistván, a small village situated in the Mátra Mountains. The area is a popular skiing and hiking resort.
According to the official announcement of the election results, Pr. Péter Kondor has been elected bishop of the Southern Diocese. He is replacing Bishop Péter Gáncs, who is retiring at the beginning of summer 2018.
According to a recent survey, the Lutheran Museum in Budapest is quite popular among its visitors. The museum was re-opened in 2016 following a major reconstruction of the building and the permanent exhibit. Its most treasured artefact is the original Last Will and Testament of Martin Luther.
In the unusually cold weather at the end of February, a number of congregations and diaconal institutions around the country organized food giveaways to those in need.