going BEYOND borders
churches in LEARNING
One of the largest Reformed communities in Europe are the Reformed
Churches in the eight countries of the Carpathian Basin. There are more
than 1.5 million members almost in 3000 congregations.
In spite of their fragmentation the common confessions – the Heidelberg
Catechism and the Second Helvetic Confession beside the Apostolic
Confession – the Hungarian language and the common history provide
The largest Reformed communities live in Hungary, in the western and
middle part of Romania, in the Southern counties of Slovakia, in the
Sub-Carpathian area of Ukraine and in the Northern part of Serbia and
Croatia. They are organized in independent churches by countries.
There is one Reformed congregation in Austria and in Slovenia.
As a result of emigration there are Hungarian Reformed communities
living in all over the World, of which the largest communities live in
Western Europe and in North America.
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Life in forced separation
Life in communion: 22 MAY 2009
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Community on the search for identity and
orientation in an ever changing context
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UNITY IN/FOR MISSION
Life in unity for mission in the Carpathian Basin and beyond
Deepening community within the church, strengthening networks,
encouraging voluntary service
ECUMENICAL AND INTERNATIONAL engagement
Bridge of Love
„Csillagpont” Youth Festival
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Think „wider” go „overseas”
Changing attitudes: from survival towards sharing gifts
– even if limited in terms of financial and human
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RESOURCES TO SHARE
Normally churches (congregations) are self-
public responsibilities, educational, social, health
care institutions financed partly by the state
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„MONEY” 1 %
FOR border-crossing MISSION
Campaign tool of Reformed Church in Hungary in 2011
TV spot: Not simple! Still natural for 180 000
Internet (director’ version):
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Critically present – advocacy and help
Hungarian Reformed Church Aid – red sludge
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Journeying BEYOND together
Join us in critical presence in order that we can learn about
ADVOCACY . sharing experiences. raising our voice
beyond the borders of the church.
SOCIAL MINISTRY . sharing in mission
in society beyond church community.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE .
sharing of resources globally.
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God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference
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