Category Archives: News from ECCB

Film and discussion evenings on „Famous Protestants“

4. KVH.1In the centennial anniversary of the establishment of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren, the Czech state commemorates 100 years since the end of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and the foundation of the independent republic. Czech Protestants have been associated with the modern history of the country from the very beginning. Evennow, they are known as prominent statesmen, thinkers, human rights defenders, or opponents of communist totalitarianism. Continue reading Film and discussion evenings on „Famous Protestants“

Two Brand New Schools Are Becoming a Reality, a Third One is Planned

BratrskaThe Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren has founded six schools and another one is about to open in Brno. We boast a conservatory in Olomouc, we are proud of the graduates of our medical school, of our secondary schools and vocational universities with a focus on social work, and we are happy to watch the progress of the children at the School of the Brethren, so far the only elementary school. Our schools are unique in their family-like atmosphere and in the fact that they also give extra attention to students with problems. Inspections usually evaluate the ECCB’s schools as successful, as graduates tend to find jobs easily.  This may seem like a drop in the ocean of Czech schools; but we are glad to be able to make this small contribution to the Czech education system. Two of our schools have been striving for years to increase their student capacity and safeguard their existence by constructing new buildings which comply with current tuition standards. The number of people interested in placing their child in one of the ECCB’s schools is currently higher than the number of students the schools are able to accept. Continue reading Two Brand New Schools Are Becoming a Reality, a Third One is Planned

Petr Kratochvíl elected as member of the Governing Board of the Conference of European Churches

kratochvil_petrIn June, the General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) elected a new President: Christian Krieger of the Reformed Protestant Church of Alsace and Lorraine. The Governing Board also has a Czech representative, Petr Kratochvíl of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren. Regional and confessional aspects are taken into account in the election: the official regulations require for at least a quarter of the members to come from orthodox or oriental churches. There is also certain quota determining the percentage of women, youth and lay members in the list of candidates. Continue reading Petr Kratochvíl elected as member of the Governing Board of the Conference of European Churches

One-Hundred-Year Anniversary

DSC_1201The developments of the First World War were clearly leading to the defeat of the Austro-Hungarian coalition and the collapse of the Monarchy was inevitable. The political and constitutional-law changes led to the separation from the Viennese church administration, which enabled Czech Protestants to start taking certain steps. The long-desired union of the two largest Protestant churches – of the Augsburg and the Helvetic confessions – was within reach. Experiencing the euphoria from the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian empire and rejoicing in the vision of a free Czech state, any obstacles that might arise seemed easy to overcome. Continue reading One-Hundred-Year Anniversary