Between 2015 and 2018, our church celebrated numerous important anniversaries, and we are nowhere near finished with many more coming. This year in June, the ECCB’s Diaconia is celebrating 30 years of its existence. This non-profit organisation, which focuses on social services and was established, quite surprisingly, just before the Velvet Revolution and the fall of the communist regime, has managed to go a very long way during these 30 years. It has gained quite a renown and achieved many successes, including the foundation of its centre for humanitarian help, which brings aid to countries where people are suffering from hunger, floods, and other catastrophes. Its presence is also firmly established in refugee camps far, far away from Central Europe. It should also be noted that Diaconia is the second largest organisation of its kind in the Czech Republic, following Catholic Charity. We will certainly bring reports from this anniversary in the next issue of the Bulletin; in this issue, however, you can look forward to finding out about how Diaconia has managed to renovate five schools for little students in Burma, which is a delightful read.
The Evangelical Academy is another organisation our church can be proud of. The scope of its activities does not go beyond Central Europe this time, but that does not make it any less important. It runs seven schools within the Czech Republic – you can learn more about the newly established one in Brno, called Filipka, in the interview with its director.
The Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren notices and takes care of those around the world who are persecuted because of their religious or other beliefs. We do not have the abilities or power to actively intervene; what we can do, however, is drew attention to these issues, organise debates and protest gatherings. We have brought another report covering this topic – definitely not the first or the last article of the sort. Let us believe there will come a time when there will be no need for such protests. If not here and now, then in God’ Kingdom. Let us hold on to this promise.
Wishing you a peaceful summer, and, if possible, also a refreshing one.
On behalf of the Editorial Board,
The International Office is often the first point of contact for visitors to the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague. Who works there and what do they do? Here we offer you brief profiles of the staff and the work done by the International Office.
Continue reading The International Office at the Prague Theology Faculty
In the first week of April people from the Presbyterian Church USA and Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB) met at Columbia Seminary for a conference entitled ‚Hoping Together‘, the fourth in the series of these conferences. From the ECCB, there were representatives of congregations, of the Theological Faculty, of Diakonie, and of the Ecumenical and International Department. We were joined by guests from the Church of Scotland and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), particularly from our partners in the LaCrosse Area Synod. Continue reading Partnership Conference of Presbyterian Church USA and Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren 2019
In early April, the couple Cordula Winzer-Chamrádová and Petr Chamrád received the prestigious Brückenbauer/Bridge Builder Award in the Bavarian Schönsee, which recognises the deepening of Czech-German understanding. Continue reading The path to understanding and reconciliation. The Chamráds received the „Bridge Builders“ Award
It’s been a year since the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic authorized a new elementary school in Brno, called “Filipka”, and the school’s director with her team of co-workers managed to meet all the demanding conditions required by the state administration: negotiate an advantageous lease agreement in suitable premises and rebuild these to fulfil the needs of elementary school students and teachers. A successful media campaign was also launched to support the Filipka school. Continue reading Schools of the Evangelical Academy and Their Funding
He spent his whole life in economic fields and before retiring he asked himself how to spend his free time meaningfully. He has decided to help other people, so for the past six years, through one of the Diaconia volunteer programmes, he has been volunteering in families – helping children with preparing for school. And he works very well with his significantly younger colleagues. Continue reading We’re on the same wavelength. With Jan Kaloš about what volunteering with Diaconia can bring to a person
In Myanmar, Burma, Diaconia has recently helped renovate five schools that are attended by over five thousand students in total. Education is crucial to them. It is their ticket out of the poverty they are currently living in with their parents. Continue reading Schools to Withstand the Rain
On 6-9 May 2019 the first Prague-Marburg Summer School of Theology took place at the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague. Four Czech students and five German ones met together under the direction of Prof. Dr. Malte D. Krüger (Marburg) and Dr. Petr Gallus (Prague) in order to exchange views on the wide-ranging theme of borders. Continue reading „On the Borderline“ – Prague-Marburg Summer School of Theology
The Social and Medical Secondary School of the Evangelical Academy in Náchod was visited by the Mayor of Náchod, the Member of the Parliament of the Czech Republic Jan Birke, and the Director of the Regional Hospital Náchod, Ivana Urešová. Both of them came to express their interest in graduates of our school, especially graduates in the Practical Nurse field. Continue reading Support for Nursing School students in Náchod and a new classroom. The practical nurse profession has a future
When the ECCB celebrated the centenary of its foundation in its present form in 2018, the new order after the end of World War I was also recalled elsewhere. In Central and Southeastern Europe state borders changed at that time and the Protestant churches in these countries were also restructured. For the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Romania, this centenary provided the impetus to launch a longer-term project called Borders – Faces – Siblings, which opened in November 2018 in Bucharest. Continue reading Borders – Faces – Siblings. More than an Exhibition