Category Archives: News from ECCB

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

2. HanychPavel 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

Czech-American partnership online

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 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

Czech public intrigued by the videos of two YouTube ministers

01They 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

A message to postmodernity. The intersection of the life story of an Italian student with ancient historical events

1. Alberto Rocchini.1I, 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

Fidelity Stronger than Death

2. Jašek2Petr 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

How do we make up for the cancelled Meeting of Christians in Graz 2020? Ostrava 2022!

3 setkání křDue to the pandemic, the Austrian organizers had with great regret to cancel the Meeting of Christians of the Central European Region, which was planned for July 3-5, 2020 in Graz. After this difficult decision, the question arose as to how to maintain the thirty-year tradition and continuity of this event so that it would not be interrupted for eight long years. The Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg had issued an invitation to another Christian Gathering in 2024. Continue reading How do we make up for the cancelled Meeting of Christians in Graz 2020? Ostrava 2022!

I am going with my head held high

4. identifikační_fotografie)Under the government of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, the 1950s were clearly the worst, the hardest. In the nation, silence and fear, sometimes disinterest and indifference, in part, certainly, in agreement with the regime that was forced upon the nation by force; and, from above, terror, arrests, prisons, and also executions. Of course, there have been and are many countries around the world with a much tougher regime, but in Central Europe ?! But yes, the Soviet Union was not far away… Continue reading I am going with my head held high

On the 350th Anniversary of the Death of Jan Amos Komenský

JAKJan Amos Komenský, Latin Comenius, came from southeastern Moravia, from a family belonging to the Unity of Brethren. Born on March 28, 1592, the question of his birth is controversial: Nivnice or Uherský Brod are mentioned. The Comenius family had four older daughters in addition to their only son John. Comenius probably spent his childhood in both places in southeastern Moravia, and in 1598 he began attending a Unity of Brethren school in Uherský Brod. Continue reading On the 350th Anniversary of the Death of Jan Amos Komenský

How is the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren inspiring and interesting for its partner churches abroad? A German theologian answers

7. Tabulky ČBIn 1957 the Protestant Church in West Germany was rich and respected once more. I was at that time a blossoming seventeen-year-old. I had an exceptional opportunity to visit the Czech Brethren Church for the first time in June 1957. I was a member of a delegation from the Rhenish Church to the Comenius Faculty in Prague. My mother and seven other church people were actually invited. But my mother took me with her. Continue reading How is the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren inspiring and interesting for its partner churches abroad? A German theologian answers