On Thursday, the 24th of June 2021, the Hodonínsko and Břeclavsko regions were hit by a completely unexpected natural disaster. After a series of bad thunderstorms, a strong tornado passed through Southern Moravia. Apart from the material damages reported, there were many injured and some casualties as well. 2000 constructions (houses, churches, factories, etc.) were damaged, including a railway corridor. Hundreds of trees fell, countless roofs were carried away. This is something we are not used to seeing happen in our country. Continue reading Hit by destructive forces and taken aback by a wave of solidarity
Svatopluk Karásek (*1942) served as a minister of the ECCB, first in a village called Hvozdnice, later in a town named Nové Město pod Smrkem. He remained a true pastor and a distinctive witness to Christ even after his state permission was withdrawn and he was working as manager at the Houska castle; neither did his attitude and personality change when he was imprisoned. In 1980, he emigrated to Switzerland, where he served at the reformed churches in Bonstetten and Zurich. After the 1989 Revolution in Czechoslovakia, he returned and resumed his work as minister, first at the Bethlehem Chapel in Prague, later again in Nové Město pod Smrkem and then again in Prague, at the St Salvator church. Svatopluk died on the fourth Sunday of Advent, on the 20th of December 2020. Continue reading Sváťa-Fest, 31 July 2021
During a festive service in Brno on Saturday, November 20, 2021, a new synodal council of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren was inaugurated. The assembly was held under emergency measures due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why the ceremony was broadcast live online. Continue reading The Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren has new leaders
In the nineties of the previous century, after Ukraine became an independent country, a successful surgeon and academician, Roman Korniiko, was active in Kyiv. He was not willing to live with the fact that hundreds of orphans were languishing homeless on the streets of the city, so he started seeking help for them. He would look for married couples that would be able to take care of them and he also tried to raise awareness of the issue. The attitude of the authorities was disapproving. He was often interrogated by the police and beaten several times. Yet he did not give up and managed to build up a group of like-minded Christians with whom he constructed a house to accommodate the orphans with their foster parents. Continue reading Visiting the Father’s House on the way to see our compatriots in Ukraine
At the end of the summer, a new head of the central church office of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ÚCK) took up the post. The current General Secretary, Jaromír Plíšek, a former diplomat who had led the office since January 2017, was replaced on Monday, September 20, by his former deputy, Martin Balcar. Continue reading New General Secretary
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
„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
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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