Environmental Policy in Hungary

2020. február 24., tags: eco-congregation, eco-congregation movement, European Christian Environmental Network

Under the title “Care for Creation - The New Conservative Environmental Policy in Hungary”, Tamás Kodácsy, Head of the Eco-Congregation Council of RCH offered a reflection and evaluation from the Churches’ point of view, first published on the website of the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN).

Gratitude and Responsibility

2019. szeptember 27., tags: eco-congregation, week of creation

The Week of Creation always starts on the last Sunday of September in Hungary, where, since 2009, the Care for Creation Ecumenical Working Group has been preparing for this beautiful season with the participation of Catholic and Protestant churches. Although the concern about climate change often causes deep eco-anxiety with good reason, now the working group aims to shift the emphasis from greediness and consumerism into joy for creation and hope. Each year, there is a highlighted theme; this year it is Gratitude and Responsibility, focusing on the beauty of this world and the task to guard the created world.

Hungarian Protestants expressed commitment for climate-neutral Europe

2019. július 19., tags: eco-congregation movement, eco-congregation

Reformed and Lutheran 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. 

Communities of Hope

2019. február 26., tags: eco-congregation

Professionals warn of a long-lasting ecological crisis. Pollution and climate change are facts, and the solution is being shown by small communities, including congregations, through their prophetic lifestyle and impact in the world. This topic, among many others, was discussed at the Eco-Congregation Conference on January 5th at the RCH Synod Hall in Budapest.

Ecumenical Project in Hungary wins RJA

2018. október 25., tags: european christian enviromental network (ecen), eco-congregation

Plant Native Fruit Trees in Church Gardens is an ecumenical project of churches in Hungary encouraging nature conservation and biodiversity protection. The project was awarded the 2018 Roman Juriga Award, in particular, for its innovative and ecumenical character.

A Future with Hope

2018. október 16., tags: eco-congregation, european christian enviromental network (ecen)

The 12th Assembly of ECEN met from 6-10 October 2018 under the heading ‘On the way to economic and ecological justice’ in Katowice (Poland), hosting 85 participants from 22 countries of Europe and overseas. RCH was represented by Boglárka Szűcs, coordinator of the Eco-congregation movement of RCH.

Károli offers new MTH program in English

2018. május 15., tags: Karoli Gáspár Reformed University, Károli Gáspár Reformed University, eco-congregation, Master's program

Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary is offering a new Master of Theology program in English, called Biblical Perspectives in Our Society.

Toward Cooperation between University and Eco-Congregation Council

2017. december 08., tags: eco-congregation, eco-congregation movement

The Eco-Congregation Movement (ECM) of the Reformed Church in Hungary (RCH) held its annual general council on 24th November 2017 in Budapest. Beside electing a new chair, structural changes were adopted, including a close cooperation with the Károli Gárspár Reformed University.

The Week of Creation Begins

2017. szeptember 29., tags: eco-congregation, week of creation

The central thought for this year’s creation week “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son…” (John 3:16) was presented to congregations in the Reformed Church in Hungary by The Ecumenical Creation Protection Working Group in Budapest.

Hope in the age of climate change

2017. szeptember 04., tags: conference of european churches (cec), ecen, eco-congregation

What is the substance of hope in the age of climate change?  How can theology shape our action in responding to environmental challenges? What are the criteria that make our hope effective? These were questions at the centre of attention at the seminar organised by the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) from 28 – 29 August 2017 in Budapest.

A Congregation Based on Vegetables

2017. április 12., tags: eco-congregation

New jobs have been created near the Romanian-Serbian border due to the Church Farmers Market Network, and a sense of hope has also come to the members of the Reformed congregation, in an area where Catholics are the majority. The reformed congregations in Kiszombor and Maroslele want to develop themselves through agriculture, but the program is agricultural in many ways. In this season of rebirth, may the seeds of love fall not only into the soil, but also into the hearts of townspeople.

RCH’s Eco-Congregations Applauded by Partner Church

2016. június 16., tags: eco-congregation

An eco-justice partnership between the Church of Scotland and the RCH has recently been highlighted at the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly, held at the end of May 2016 in Edinburgh. Partner churches and their environmental stewardship efforts were detailed in a report produced by the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council and included a section about the successful Eco-Congregation movement of the RCH.

CEC on Pilgrimage for climate justice and the UN Climate conference in Paris

2015. október 16., tags: eco-congregation movement, week of creation, eco-congregation

The Conference of European Churches has shared a press release on its consultation on Pilgrimage for climate justice and the UN Climate conference in Paris. An RCH delegation led by the Vice-Lay President of our Synod  was also present.

Cyclists of Hope

2015. október 07., tags: eco-congregation, week of creation

Bicycling for your neighbour, goes the motto of a group of Hungarian cyclists from the Carpathian Basin, who set out on bike during the Week of Creation, travelling from east to west. The cycling relay, taking place between Beregszász (Berehove, Ukraine) and Sopron, Hungary, is part of the Ecumenical Pilgrimage in Europe, whose final destination is the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris at the end of this year. A report by Parókia Portal.

You are the Man!

2015. október 07., tags: week of creation, eco-congregation

This year’s theme of the Week of Creation was climate justice, which we are hoping to understand better and better through the parable Nathan told David.

The Week of Creation: We have to change and initiate change

2015. október 02., tags: week of creation, eco-congregation

The Week of Creation starts on the last Sunday of September in Hungary. During this period Churches are thinking together about energy and climate change. They focus on what kind of role and voice they can have in this conversation with regards to environmental efficiency and recycling. This year, our main topic is climate justice in the light of the parable of Nathan the prophet (1Sam 12). We have to change and initiate change in order to ensure a livable life for the following generations on this planet!

Pilgrimage for Climate Justice – cycling for a healthy environment

2015. szeptember 30., tags: week of creation, eco-congregation, world council of churches (wcc)

As the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) draws near, Christian people are planning a pilgrimage to express their solidarity with those directly affected by climate change, and their wish to unite in protecting the environment.


2015. augusztus 13., tags: eco-congregation, starpoint, festival, youth

In this year at Starpoint Reformed Youth Conference in Tata the theme was Trust. It is a very interesting question how you can approach and reach the trust in other persons, in yourself and in God. This year was particularly special for the the Eco-Congregation Movement. Report on the contribution of the Eco-Congregation Movement at the Starpoint Youth Festival.

We Breathe the Same Air

2014. október 20., tags: eco-congregation, hungarian reformed church (hrc), ecumenical, european christian enviromental network (ecen)

The European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) 10th Assembly held on 27th September to1st October at the Soli Deo Gloria Reformed Conference Centre in Balatonszárszó  themed ‘Energy and Climate Change – the Churches’ Role and Voice’. 

Another Eco-Congregation Winner

2013. október 17., tags: award, week of creation, eco-congregation

For the second time in its history, the RCH's Eco-Congregation Program has conducted an eco-congregation contest. This year, eight congregations submitted entries for consideration and the Sopron Lutheran congregation was awarded the 2013 prize.

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