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

„Ecumenical“ orientation programme for incoming Erasmus students at Prague theology faculties. Protestant and Catholic Theological Faculties join forces

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESEvery year incoming Erasmus exchange students at the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University (PTF) can look forward to a two-week orientation programme immediately before the start of the winter semester organised by the PTF International Office. In addition to practical and administrative information about their stay in Prague (registering as students, choosing and enrolling for courses, using public transport, healthcare and insurance, etc.) the programme also includes an intensive beginners’ course in the Czech language (four hours every morning), and visits to places of cultural and historical interest in Prague. Continue reading „Ecumenical“ orientation programme for incoming Erasmus students at Prague theology faculties. Protestant and Catholic Theological Faculties join forces

The cross as a symbol of reconciliation after four hundred years

5. Bílá horaThe medieval military conflict in Prague on Bílá Hora (White Mountain) in 1620 divided the Czech nation and threw it into darkness for the next one hundred and fifty years. The anniversary of the battle now offers an opportunity for a common symbolic act of reconciliation. And so, while the churches have been following the common path of ecumenical cooperation for a long time, in November 2020 a reconciliation cross was erected on White Mountain as a permanent sign of forgiveness and mutual understanding. Continue reading The cross as a symbol of reconciliation after four hundred years

Community is important to me. Talking with the director of Diakonia ČCE about spiritual care, the tasks of Diakonia, and also about one ideology

000705_51_006294Jan Soběslavský has been associated with Diakonia since university studies, as he helped the organization with legal advice. After graduating from law and theology, he was successful in an interview for the post of Director of Diakonia in Brno and held this position for ten years. He is in his third year as the director of the ECCB Diakonie. Continue reading Community is important to me. Talking with the director of Diakonia ČCE about spiritual care, the tasks of Diakonia, and also about one ideology