Prague airport has launched a cooperation with the Ecumenical Council of Churches with the aim of providing spiritual support to passengers, their relatives, and airport employees in crisis situations such as natural disasters, aircraft accidents or terrorism. Continue reading Memorandum Signed with Václav Havel Airport
Diaconia’s centre in Valašské Meziříčí runs (among other things) two clothing stores and a cleaning company. This autumn, a chocolate-candy producing factory has been added to the list. The trouble is, not all workers are able to keep their job, especially those with a learning disability. They are often unable to handle all the demands of the job, such as working independently, and decide to quit, despite being skilled and motivated. Diaconia’s centre in Valašské Meziříčí is now striving to find ways to help these people keep their jobs. Continue reading The ECCB’s Diaconia helps prepare people with disabilities, even those with alcoholic dementia, for work.
The 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
For many years, postgraduate doctoral studies at the Protestant Theological Faculty of the Charles University have been possible to do not only in Czech, but also in English or German. Two study programmes are currently open: Theology and Philosophy. In the Theology programme, students can specialise in one of three fields of study: biblical theology, historical and systemic theology or practical theology; in the Philosophy programme, students focus on the field of philosophy of religion. Continue reading Doctoral studies at the Protestant Theological Faculty
Upon meeting Mariana that afternoon, what became immediately apparent was her candid disposition. Indeed, it was not long before we started discussing politics, a topic scarcely discussed even between close acquaintances. Following a delightful exchange of ideas and opinions, she begun to tell me her story. Continue reading „If not you, then who; if not now, then when?“ says wheelchair-bound student from Moldova
There’s no need to write too much about the lack of freedom in the economically prosperous People’s Republic of China. It is no wonder the local Christians flee the country if they get a chance. Their lives are in danger.
It should surprise us no less that they are also fleeing to the Czech Republic, a democratic country, where one would expect to find understanding and a welcoming attitude. However, the situation in this country is not very friendly towards migrants and the Chinese Christians will not be granted asylum, as they had hoped. Our country’s leaders are justifying their fear of immigrants with “Christian values”, but it is obvious this term has lost any meaning, it is just an empty phrase.
In this issue of the Bulletin, you will find out about the stance that the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren has taken on the topic.
We have also been reporting about the Cubans’ resistance against the regime in their country for quite some time now, and in this issue you will find an article on how the ECCB welcomed Cuban dissidents again this year. We hope they enjoyed the programme we prepared for them in the Václav Havel Library.
We wish you all a joyful summer. Let the articles you might read here serve as a reminder that we need to cherish our freedom and value the fact that we do not have to fight for it. Freedom is a precious estate and we need to take good care of it.
On behalf of the Editorial Board
Around one hundred delegates, advisors and guests from all around the Czech Republic have come together in the Castle Hill area in the town of Litomyšl in order to discuss the life, maintenance and future of their church. Continue reading Session of the Synod
At the end of February, representatives of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary (ELCH) met in Brno to discuss topics such as church education, church funding and national identity. Continue reading Czech and Hungarian Protestants Discussed the Role of Churches in Society
Statement of the Synodal Council concerning the fact that Chinese Christians were not granted asylum in the Czech Republic
Only eight Chinese Christians who had applied for international protection in the Czech Republic were granted asylum by the Ministry of the Interior at the end of February. The refugees filed their applications in early 2016, however the decision was postponed several times and, in the end, 70 applications were rejected. Continue reading Chinese Christians in the Czech Republic
Since the ECCB became a member of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in 2004, our experience of this world community has enriched us in many ways. This bond was felt in a special way at the Reformation anniversary in 2017. Our contact with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) had already started in 2015. The La Crosse Area Synod in Wisconsin was looking for a new partnership in Central Europe and, after getting to know one another via telephone calls and emails, a delegation from the La Crosse Area Synod visited the Czech Republic in June 2017. Many conversations and many visits gave the four visitors an impression of the past and present of the ECCB. Continue reading A New Partnership