On the 21st of May 2021, the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren elected its new leaders during the session of the Synod in Prague. The new Synodal Council will consist of ministers Pavel Pokorný (the Synodal Senior), Ondřej Titěra and Roman Mazur. The laymen in the council will comprise Jiří Schneider (the Synodal Curator), Jana Šarounová and Simona Kopecká. Their term in office begins on the 22nd of November 2021.
The commission for the preparation of the dialogue with the LGBTQ+ community prepared three online discussions in the form of a moderated panel interview. They had a relatively clear goal: to open a debate within our church about attitudes to marriage for all. The number of viewers shows that there is certain interest in the topic among evangelicals. Continue reading The debate on marriage for all: late, but still
In early 2021, the ECCB’s Synodal Council called for a show of support for those that are facing oppression in Belarus:
„It is with utmost concern that we have been watching the grave situation in Belarus. The protests against the dictatorship-like regime of President Lukashenko have been going on for many months. Although the results of the presidential election that took place last August were clearly falsified, the regime is not willing to give in. The protesters face never-ending oppression: there are credible eyewitnesses to hundreds of cases of assaults, torture and rape. Continue reading Support for Those Facing Oppression in Belarus
On Thursday, 4 March, the Synodal Council of the ECCB sent the following message to hospitals and social service facilities across the Czech Republic:
To doctors, nurses, social workers, carers, medical orderlies and other healthcare and social service facility employees.
Continue reading A Moment of Silence
Pavel Hanych (37 years old) studied Protestant theology at Charles University in Prague. For 10 years, he worked at the ECCB Diaconia headquarters, most recently as the Head of the Communication Department and as a Press Spokesperson. He is ordained as an assistant preacher of the ECCB and he also coordinates the publication of the new evangelical songbook. Music is his biggest hobby, he has been pursuing it since childhood. He studied violin at a specialised music primary school. He and his wife Klára are raising a 1.5-year-old son Pavel. Continue reading We should have an understanding of the complexity of interpersonal relationships and the diversity of environments. Interview with Pavel Hanych, the new Head of the Ecumenical and International Relations Department of the ECCB Central Office
The partnership between the ECCB and the Presbyterian Church in the USA has a long tradition. Many roots reach as far as into the 19th century. At that time, immigrants from the Bohemian Lands founded Czech Protestant congregations in the US. They often maintained close relationships with the evangelicals in their old homeland. Many of these congregations became part of the Presbyterian Church in the United States. During the time of communism and the closed borders, many contacts were broken. Continue reading Czech-American partnership online
They call themselves the Pastoral Brothers, and apart from their regular work, they also prepare some rather specific YouTube videos. Their names are Jakub Malý and Karel Müller and they are two Protestant ministers from Prague. Their videos, in which they present Biblical themes to the wider public and also comment on public affairs in a satirical manner, have gained much higher numbers of views than the authors had originally expected. They have thousands of followers. Weekly, their videos are viewed by as many as tens of thousands of people and they have certainly managed to reach far beyond the borders of the „seniorate“ (parish), or of the whole Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren, for that matter. Continue reading Czech public intrigued by the videos of two YouTube ministers
Svatopluk Karásek (18 October 1942 – 20 December 2020), a pastor of the ECCB who influenced Czech Protestantism in a fundamental way, passed away recently. He had an astonishing capacity to be his natural self in environments as different as underground culture, the church, and the establishment. Continue reading Remembering Sváťa Karásek
I, Alberto Rocchini, come from Pavia, where I studied literature and history. During my study stay in Mainz, Germany, I became passionate about the Reformation, and after returning to Italy, I enrolled in the Waldensian Church. Continue reading A message to postmodernity. The intersection of the life story of an Italian student with ancient historical events
Petr Jašek had a dream some time ago. A threatening dream. It was in the year 2013. He seemed to be locked in a cell, sitting on the floor on ice tiles, staring at the light coming through a small window at the top of the locked door. He could not get rid of the vision, and more than two years later, at the end of 2015, the dream came true. Petr Jašek was arrested in Sudan and sentenced as a spy to more than twenty years in prison. Thanks to the efforts of the Czech government and the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Cairo, he was released in 2017; officially on the basis of a pardon granted by Sudanese President Bashir. He wrote a book about this event called ‚Wedding Ring for Life‘, published this year by Stefanos. Continue reading Fidelity Stronger than Death