Category Archives: News from ECCB

Chinese Christians in the Czech Republic

Statement of the Synodal Council concerning the fact that Chinese Christians were not granted asylum in the Czech Republic

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESOnly eight Chinese Christians who had applied for international protection in the Czech Republic were granted asylum by the Ministry of the Interior at the end of February. The refugees filed their applications in early 2016, however the decision was postponed several times and, in the end, 70 applications were rejected. Continue reading Chinese Christians in the Czech Republic

A New Partnership

IMG_0840Since the ECCB became a member of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in 2004, our experience of this world community has enriched us in many ways.  This bond was felt in a special way at the Reformation anniversary in 2017. Our contact with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) had already started in 2015. The ​​La Crosse Area Synod in Wisconsin was looking for a new partnership in Central Europe and, after getting to know one another via telephone calls and emails, a delegation from the La Crosse Area Synod visited the Czech Republic in June 2017. Many conversations and many visits gave the four visitors an impression of the past and present of the ECCB.  Continue reading A New Partnership

World Mission Conference in Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha, Tanzania, March 2018The 14th Conference on World Mission and Evangelisation took place on 8th to 13th March 2018 in the town of Arusha in Tanzania. As usual, it was organized by the World Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) of the World Council of Churches, this time attended by over 1,000 delegates from Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican, Catholic and other churches. The ECCB was represented by young theologian Pavol Bargár. Continue reading World Mission Conference in Arusha, Tanzania

The 2018 Day for Cuba. We Protect (Our) Human Rights

DSC_1389The country that produces the best cigars in the world. Beautiful nature. The country where you can go to prison without having done anything wrong. The country where you need a state permit to buy a car. Cuba has so many different faces. The Day for Cuba, which took place in Prague on 20 March, had the aim of drawing attention to the violation of human rights – and not only on this island. This year marked the seventh edition of the event, organised by the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren together with the People in Need organisation. This year’s event was called the Day for Cuba 2018: We Protect (Our) Human Rights. Continue reading The 2018 Day for Cuba. We Protect (Our) Human Rights

Prison Chaplains Sent Into Service, Ecumenical Cooperation Contract Signed. A Unique Expression of Cooperation Between Churches

Y3A4001Last year on the 14th of December, on the occasion of the Day of the Czech Prison Service, 15 new prison chaplains and 19 volunteers were commissioned for service at a ceremonial event. For the first time this was an ecumenical church service held at the church of St Wenceslas in Zderaz, Prague, which used to serve as the New Town penitentiary in the 19th century. The new chaplains took an oath before the general secretary of the Czech Bishops’ Conference, Stanislav Přibyl, and the chairman of the Ecumenical Council of Churches, Daniel Ženatý. Continue reading Prison Chaplains Sent Into Service, Ecumenical Cooperation Contract Signed. A Unique Expression of Cooperation Between Churches

The Anniversary of the Reformation and Paths Towards Reconciliation After the Velvet Revolution

0iluHow did the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren cope with the change of its position after the Revolution of 1989 in terms of “reconciliation and forgiveness”, taking into account also the wider framework given by Martin Luther’s teachings, proclaimed five hundred years ago?

Martin Luther was, without a doubt, a conscious member of the Catholic, i.e. universal church. The existence of the universal church was perceived as a given fact also by John Hus. What the church found unacceptable was Luther’s realization that the church was neither the owner nor the mediator of salvation. One may not buy penitence or forgiveness, let alone a fulfilled life. We should keep in mind what Luther said: that we are, or may hope to be, part of the invisible Church, the one church that belongs to God. Why, then, do we fear so much for our Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren? Continue reading The Anniversary of the Reformation and Paths Towards Reconciliation After the Velvet Revolution