The Mission of László Ravasz

2019. október 30., tags: 1956, revolution

“A white car with a red cross was sent from the Austrian embassy in the fall of 1956. It was an opportunity to go to the west if we so desired. However my grandfather had such a strong cultural definiteness (Hungarian Reformed) that our staying was not a question.” - said Éva Szacsvay, the granddaughter of László Ravasz, the former Bishop of the Danubian Reformed Church District. We asked her about the church leader’s value system, historical role, grandparental love and legacy.

From Revolutionist to Bishop

2017. október 21., tags: revolution, united church of christ (ucc)

Zoltán Szűcs still misses his two friends who he lost in 1956 when he took part in the revolution as a theologian 61 years ago. He first immigrated to Austria and then to America where he completed his theological studies. He served as a pastor for his entire life and also served as a bishop of the Church District of a Hungarian Reformed Community in the US, the Calvin Synod of the United Church of Christ, for two terms. Later, he bought an apartment in Hungary to hold onto a piece of his country. 

A Resistance that Endures

2017. március 09., tags: revolution, history, 1848, jános arany

János Arany, famous Hungarian poet and quiet revolutionary, was recently honored posthumously for his famous poem, The Bards of Wales, as part of the 200th anniversary of his birth. The tale, based off a Welsh legend, was written in 1857 after the unsuccessful Hungarian Revolution of 1848 as an act of civil resistance. 

Revolution Through British Eyes

2016. október 25., tags: 1956, revolution

Many members of the British Legation in Budapest were active during the 1956 Revolution. In celebration of the 60th anniversary, the British Embassy has created a website to explore the event through the first-person accounts of those on the ground. The website gives insight to the events of the 1956 Revolution through the perspective of the Head of Legation, British members of his team at the Legation, and local Hungarian contacts as well. 

For Freedom and Truth

2016. október 16., tags: revolution, 1956

Minister of State István Bibó, a reformed-calvinist lawyer and political scientist, addressed a proclamation to the nation and the world, defending the revolution and the nation that had conducted it, on 4 November 1956.

A Synod of Remembrance

2016. október 12., tags: Synod, synod, 1956, revolution

2016 marks the 60th anniversary of Hungary’s 1956 Revolution. In memoriam of these events, the RCH Synod held a special session meeting, a Synod of Remembrance, which was attended by prominent leaders in the community. During the Synod meeting, the RCH approved a special memorandum to commemorate the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight of 1956.

Scottish Mission in the Midst of Revolution

2016. március 08., tags: scottish mission, 1848, history, anniversary, Scottish Mission, 175, revolution

15 March is a national holiday and a day of celebration throughout Hungary to remember the Hungarian revolution in 1848 and subsequent war for independence. It affected everyone in Hungary, including the Scottish Mission partners of the RCH. During this tumultuous political time, the Scots were engaged in a complex struggle to minister to a community who needed them in the midst of a city that sometimes did not want them. 

Today’s Hungarian Soldiers of Nagysalló

2014. március 13., tags: revolution, history, 1848

1848–49. A handful of Hungarians in Nagysalló cherish the memory of one of the bloodiest battles in the war for independence. At one site of the “glorious” spring campaign in the Felvidék, we find descendants of late Hungarian soldiers.

"I have no grief"

2013. október 25., tags: history, szabó dániel, interview, 1956, revolution

A lot of people know him in the church. It's no wonder, because he is always on his way, and although he has many tasks, there is not an important church event where he is not present. In remembrance of the 1956 revolution we spoke with Dániel Szabó, who was recently awarded the anniversary medallion of the Debrecen Reformed College on its 475th anniversary. We asked the former lay president of the Cistibiscan church district, who turned 80 this year, about his memories from the '50s.

A Reformed Voice in the Time of Revolution

2013. október 22., tags: ravasz lászló, history, Ravasz László, 1956, revolution

The 23rd of October is the anniversary of the 1956 uprising in Budapest against the Soviet regime in Hungary. It began as a student-led demonstration, which marched through the streets of Budapest to the Parliament building. As they marched, students announced a list of 16 demands for the government. Violence broke out on the streets when demonstrators were fired upon by the State Security Police outside the radio building. A short lived revolution spread throughout the country that was ultimately unsuccessful when the Russians again stormed the country on 4 November.

Birth of a Revolution

2013. március 14., tags: holiday, 1848, Hungary, 15 March, revolution

15 March is a national holiday and day of celebration in Hungary. It is a day to remember the Hungarian revolution in 1848 and subsequent war for independence from the Austrian-Habsburg monarchy rule.

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