Category Archives: Nezařazené

Positive Energy for Society

8.z internetu (1)On the 25th of February 2018, 70 years to the day since the Communists illegitimately took over power in Czechoslovakia, two students of the Protestant Theological Faculty of the Charles University, Mikuláš Minář and Benjamin Roll, founded an organisation with the aim of protecting democracy in the Czech Republic. Both felt that democracy was in jeopardy in our country, primarily because of the Czech Republic’s Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. Continue reading Positive Energy for Society

A look back over the history of the Prague Theological Faculty, 100 years after its foundation

01-retezWhen the Protestant Theological Faculty was founded in 1919, it was the first opportunity for students to officially study Protestant theology in the Czech lands for centuries. Before the First World War, Bohemia had been part of Catholic Austria, and there had been many restrictions on Protestants. Candidates for the ministry had had to go to Vienna to study. Continue reading A look back over the history of the Prague Theological Faculty, 100 years after its foundation

The Protestant Theological Faculty celebrates its 100th anniversary

7. 1.Prof_Manfred-Oeming_100_Years_David_Rafael_Moulis_2019-14Immediately after the end of the First World War and the foundation of the new Czechoslovak state, the Lutheran and Reformed Christians in Czechoslovakia united to form the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren. And one of the first things the new church did was to establish a Faculty of Protestant Theology so that its theology students could be trained in Bohemia in the Czech language. 100 years later, the Faculty is still going strong, and in November 2019 it celebrated the 100th anniversary of its foundation with a series of events of different types. Continue reading The Protestant Theological Faculty celebrates its 100th anniversary

Czech Diaconia supporters help families and children. Briefly about shelters supported by the fundraiser Krabice od bot (shoe box)

10.IMG_3619At the end of last year, almost one million Czech crowns were donated by supporters of Czech Diaconia to fund supportservices for families and children. Thanks to that, the following diaconal projects will be better developed in 2020. Continue reading Czech Diaconia supporters help families and children. Briefly about shelters supported by the fundraiser Krabice od bot (shoe box)

Bulletin 48 – Advent 2019

Dear readers,

in the summer edition of our Bulletin, I mentioned the fact that our church has lately been celebrating one anniversary after another. This autumn, we have yet another important reason to celebrate. Not necessarily a church-related one, but definitely one that concerns Christians in a fundamental way: the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which took place thirty years ago, is an anniversary that celebrates freedom. In 1989, the citizens of Czechoslovakia won their freedom, and living in freedom is certainly something we, as Christians, should always be striving for.

And what about today? Do we still have enough reasons to be happy? What has been lost and where has it disappeared during those thirty years? Such doubts and questions are only proof of the fact that the struggle for freedom never ends.

I am not going to go into detail describing the articles you can find in this issue, but there is one event we have reported about that I would like to bring to your attention: the new Protestant school called Filipka (the last issue of the Bulletin provided an interview with its director) opened its doors in September and its students as well as the staff are happy and satisfied with how things are going. Let’s hope it stays this way! And, I might add, let us also hope there are many other articles that you will find interesting in this edition of the Bulletin.

Advent is near, we are looking forward to celebrating Christmas, the birth of God’s Holy Son, who came to stay in our midst, to be with us and comfort us, to keep our heads above the water, and most of all, to be with us and above us as the vision of the things to come.

Jana_PliskovaWishing you the Lord’s peace

On behalf of the Editorial Board Jana Plíšková

Bulletin – Summer 2019

Dear readers,

Between 2015 and 2018, our church celebrated numerous important anniversaries, and we are nowhere near finished with many more coming. This year in June, the ECCB’s Diaconia is celebrating 30 years of its existence. This non-profit organisation, which focuses on social services and was established, quite surprisingly, just before the Velvet Revolution and the fall of the communist regime, has managed to go a very long way during these 30 years. It has gained quite a renown and achieved many successes, including the foundation of its centre for humanitarian help, which brings aid to countries where people are suffering from hunger, floods, and other catastrophes. Its presence is also firmly established in refugee camps far, far away from Central Europe. It should also be noted that Diaconia is the second largest organisation of its kind in the Czech Republic, following Catholic Charity. We will certainly bring reports from this anniversary in the next issue of the Bulletin; in this issue, however, you can look forward to finding out about how Diaconia has managed to renovate five schools for little students in Burma, which is a delightful read.

Bulletin PDF

The Evangelical Academy is another organisation our church can be proud of. The scope of its activities does not go beyond Central Europe this time, but that does not make it any less important. It runs seven schools within the Czech Republic – you can learn more about the newly established one in Brno, called Filipka, in the interview with its director.

The Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren notices and takes care of those around the world who are persecuted because of their religious or other beliefs. We do not have the abilities or power to actively intervene; what we can do, however, is drew attention to these issues, organise debates and protest gatherings. We have brought another report covering this topic – definitely not the first or the last article of the sort. Let us believe there will come a time when there will be no need for such protests. If not here and now, then in God’ Kingdom. Let us hold on to this promise.

Wishing you a peaceful summer, and, if possible, also a refreshing one.

On behalf of the Editorial Board,

Jana PlíškováJana_Pliskova

 

Bulletin 46 – Easter 2019

Dear readers,

it is a pleasure to be able to present the new Easter issue of our Bulletin.

Apart from the latest news, we will also be looking back on two events that happened some time ago but that are very important to us.

We have brought information about our church’s 100th anniversary in previous issues, however the main celebration took place at the same venue and, almost precisely to the day, on the date of our church’s founding in 1918, which is why we are only providing a report with photos and videos now.

 Jan Palach. In January 1969, this name went down in Czech history as a unique phenomenon. Nearly half a year after Czechoslovakia was occupied by the Soviet-led armies of the Warsaw Pact, the student set himself on fire at the top of Wenceslas Square to protest against the atmosphere of resignation that had taken hold of Czech society. Following the funeral service at the Carolinum of the Charles University, where the academic community, along with hundreds of thousands of Czech people, said goodbye to Jan Palach, he was buried by Jakub S. Trojan, professor of the Protestant Theological Faculty, at the Olšany cemetery. You will find an interview with Jakub S. Trojan, in which he reflects on the 1969 events, in this issue of the Bulletin. The events that were organised in January this year, in front of the National Museum, to commemorate Palach’s death, were dignified, in good taste. Our Synodal Senior, Daniel Ženatý, as well as other representatives of the Ecumenical Council of Churches spoke during these events.

Dear friends, may the hope, peace and joy granted by our Lord during Easter not forsake you in the days to come!

Jana_PliskovaJana Plíšková

Bulletin 45 – Advent 2018

Dear Readers,

Years ending in eights have often marked significant events, not only in the European, but also in the global context. However, especially the Czech Republic has many anniversaries ending in eights, anniversaries that are of great importance to our history. This also applies to 2018.

50 years have passed since 1968, the year that began with the promising “Prague Spring” and ended in total despair after the occupation of the Soviet army and the armies of the Warsaw Pact.

There is another 50-year anniversary we would like to draw attention to. It does not have an eight at the end, but it is closely related to 1968: in January 1969, Jan Palach, a university student, set himself on fire in front of the National Museum, at the top of Wenceslas Square. His act was an act of protest against the peoples’ lack of will and gradual adaptation to the situation, the lethargy that set in in the months following the occupation.

I would like to finish this editorial with a more encouraging piece of history to commemorate: 100 years have passed since the end of WWI, and also since the founding of Czechoslovakia with our first President, T.G. Masaryk; it has also been 100 years since the founding of our Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren, which is certainly a reason to celebrate! You’ll find an article about the ECCB’s centenary at the very beginning of our Bulletin.

We should, however, keep in mind what our Synodal Senior said at the ECCB’s centenary celebrations in Pardubice: “What’s a hundred years from a higher perspective?” Well put, right? Advent is coming. May the Christmas message bring us hope and support. In the busy weeks before Christmas, let us not forget the utmost source of joy and encouragement, true peace that surpasses our understanding.

Jana_PliskovaWith best wishes

Jana Plíšková