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1. 12. 2015

The Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren has a new Governing Body

It aims to provide Hope and Trust for the Future

The New Synodal Council of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB) was installed during a ceremonial worship service on Saturday, the 21st of November 2015. It aims to continue in the tradition of the Czech and European Reformation as well as to contribute to creating a space in our society where everyone may express his/her faith with a free conscience.

The Synodal Council is the highest church body consisting of six members. It is governed by the Synodal Senior (clergy) and the Synodal Curator (lay). This is what makes the ECCB somehow exceptional: it is not led only by clergy, the voice of its lay representatives is equally valid.

The new highest Church representatives have shared their visions with us. “I would like every single Protestant in our country to have a dignified space for expressing his/her faith. I would like us, as the Church, to be joyful, humbly self-sufficient and attractive for those around us. Let us not be blackmailed by fear that we are statistically shrinking. On the contrary – let this lead us to a missionary courage, to finding how to offer the beauty of faith in Christ and the life of the Church,” explained the new Synodal Senior Daniel Ženatý.

He is aware that the Synodal Council will have to deal with the crises of the ministerial profession. “The reverends are vanishing quicker than those newly appearing. We have to ask ourselves how their conditions have changed in comparison with the past,” he said. He also pointed out other challenges. “We will look for a way to use well and generously the unique time of the state subventions and financial compensations for the benefit of parishes as well as the entire Church and society. Part of our Church is the Diaconia of the ECCB and the schools of the Evangelical Academy. We treasure these and we will make an effort to continue their good work. We are proud of our numerous ecumenical relations at home and abroad, we want to take good care of them,” added Daniel Ženatý.

The Synodal Curator Vladimír Zikmund also presented his plans: “Our first plan is to get oriented in the vast agenda of the Synodal Council. It is easier for me as I am concluding my previous position and the Synodal Council will become a full time job for me. I would like to step into this field with humbleness towards my predecessors and everything good that was done in our Church in the past years,” he explained.

And also his second plan is to remain in touch with what is going on in the congregations and seniorates (presbyteries) of the ECCB. To save some time for listening to others’ opinions and needs. “And my third plan is not to end up just as a church officer. I would like to contribute to the situation of the Synodal Council – besides its position as an administrative body – as it also provides spiritual leadership. I would like it to be a bearer of encouragement, hope and trust in the future for its members,” added Vladimír Zikmund.

The departing Synodal Senior Joel Ruml will continue to serve as a reverend. “At first in the Protestant Church in Pfalz (Germany) where I was invited, and further in the ECCB,” said Joel Ruml. The departing Synodal Curator Lia Valková wishes to devote more attention to her family. “Especially my grandchildren and those close to me. I want to do sports, read, create some art, garden and taste with thankfulness every day that might, through God’s grace, be given to me. I want to renew my active participation in my own congregation. Depending on my abilities I am willing to help in various spheres, for example in taking care of the refugees,” says Lia Valková.

Jana Vondrová

 

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Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

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Synod Meeting of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren

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Diaconia helps in Ethiopia

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The next Days of Christian Encounter will take place in July 2014 in Wroclaw

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SERVITUS celebrates its 10th anniversary in České Budějovice (Budweis)

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Joel Ruml - 60 years

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Visitors from Scotland

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Honored with the ECCB Medal of Appreciation

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Association of Friends of the Faculty holds its annual meeting

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Religion – Trauma or Therapy

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Hebe Kohlbrugge revisits Prague at the age of 98

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The German ambassador D. Lingemann as a guest of the ECCB

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The association Servitus sends young people for a one-year service

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A family center in the rectory of Rumburk

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Czech-German Readings of Adorno

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Studies in Israel

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Cooperation agreement between Studies in Israel e. V., represented by Prof. Dr. Erhard Blum, Chairman, and the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren, represented by Joel Ruml, Moderator, and Lia Valková, Lay Moderator. The following cooperation agreement has been agreed upon:

Preamble

... více

Suggestions on the life and deeds of Christians in the Czech Republic – The theses of Želiv

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Message from the LWF European Church Leadership Consultation held in Ostrava, Czech Republic, 10 - 15 May 2012

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Statement of the Synodal Council of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren regarding the current social situation

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European Church Leaders Meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic

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Churches must be global citizens addressing issues that can only be tackled at the worldwide level, Rev. Martin Junge ( photo ), general secretary of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) told Lutheran leaders from Europe.

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Partnership meeting in the Kačaba

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Letter to Joachim Gauck regarding his assumption of office

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Dear Mr. President, dear brother in Jesus Christ,

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Visiting the Lusatian Sorbs in Bautzen

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Five hundred trees worldwide and in the Luther Garden

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Beyond the Social Services

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The Protestant Theological Faculty organises a week-long international seminar

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Census 2011

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Ecumenical Worship Service Celebrates the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

26.01.2012 Ecumenical Worship Service Celebrates the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Ecumenical Council of Churches of the Czech Republic and the Czech Conference of Bishops organized and led an ecumenical worship service celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The service was Monday the 23rd of January at 6:00 pm at the Church of St. Vojtěcha which is on the... více

Pastors Course 2012

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Partial compensation for injustice inflected upon religious organizations by the communist regime

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The new civil society - filled with life

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How the 17 th of November 1989 changed the life of a doctor from the province

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Statement of the Synodal Council of the ECCB regarding the death of Václav Havel, President of the Czech Republic

19.12.2011 Statement of the Synodal Council of the ECCB regarding the death of Václav Havel, President of the Czech Republic

We feel pain and loss over the death of Václav Havel. Pain that a man has departed who was close to our thinking though never officially in any Christian Church. His attitude and much of his discourse resonated with the gospel. Václav Havel respected Him who is above us. He believed that... více

Statement of the Synodal Council of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren regarding the events in Norway in July 2011

3.08.2011 Statement of the Synodal Council of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren regarding the events in Norway in July 2011

The Synodal Council of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren has followed the recent events in Norway with sorrow and regret. Apart from the events themselves, the victims and the suffering, it concerns us that the perpetrator of this terrible act proclaims himself to be a Christian. His... více

Around the World in seven days

11.07.2011 Around the World in seven days

From 9th till 15th July in Herlíkovice an inter-religious international camp for young people of all faiths is promoting inter-cultural learning and overcoming stereotypes. During the programme the participants will visit far away countries and experience different local habits and... více

Ecumenical Vigil at Prague Castle

10.06.2011 Ecumenical Vigil at Prague Castle

The Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic and the Archbishop of Prague of the Roman Catholic Church will gather on Saturday 11 June at St. Vitus’ Cathedral at Prague Castle. A Pentecost vigil will begin at 20:00 which will be led by Dominik Duka, archbishop of Prague and Czech... více

Night of Churches

26.05.2011 Night of Churches

On 27 May 2011 churches throughout the Czech Republic will celebrate Noc Kostelů, a Night of Churches. ECCB congregations will join other congregations from many denominations in celebrating the joy of Christ who is alive here in the Czech Republic. Posters, signs, and booklets have been... více

The 33rd meeting of the Synod of the ECCB

26.05.2011 The 33rd meeting of the Synod of the ECCB

The 33 rd meeting of the synod of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren met from 19-22 May, 2011. The meeting included delegates from all over the Czech Republic and several international guests. The activities began with a meeting prior to the opening service which included the... více

G. Köhler, who received the Medal of the ECCB Thanks

16.05.2011 G. Köhler, who received the Medal of the ECCB Thanks

On Monday, 11 April 2011 at 14:30 clock was given the Medal of the ECCB Thanks to the couple Köhler. Köhler couple worked for the Felloship Fund (Solidarkasse der sächsischen Pfarrvertretung e.V.) of the Saxon parish, that supports pastors in the Czech Republic and Romania, promotes theology... více

Delegation of ECCB visited its Bavarian partner

12.05.2011 Delegation of ECCB visited its Bavarian partner

On Tuesday 29 March 2011 a delegation of ECCB visited its Bavarian partner from the Church of Bayreuth. The meeting was attended by synodal senior Joel Ruml, ecumenical department staff and representatives of the Central Church office and Pilsen seniority. The German side were in addition to... více

Czechs at the Kirchentag

30.03.2011 Czechs at the Kirchentag

The Christian meeting days, which are held every three years by the Central European Protestant Churches, will become a meeting center in Central and Eastern Europe at the 33rd German Evangelical Church in Dresden in 2011. There will be two other churches from the Czech Republic in addition to... více

Delegation of ECCB in Saxony Lutheran Church

3.03.2011 Delegation of ECCB in Saxony Lutheran Church

On Sunday 20 February 2011, a delegation of the Evangelical Church (ECCB), headed by synodal senior of the ECCB Joel Ruml, visited the Lutheran Church in Saxony. The delegation arrived in Dresden at the invitation of the Bishop of this Church Jochen Bohl, who took office in 2004 and visited the... více

Round Table in ECCB

26.11.2010 Round Table in ECCB

From 19 to 22 November 2010 a meeting of representatives of the "Round Table” was held in Prague. Projects of the Evangelical Church (ECCB) were discussed at the “Round Table”. Representatives of partner churches and ancillary works, which are represented in the Round Table (Evangelical... více

Welcome to the pages of ECCB

Welcome to the pages of ECCB

WELCOME to the pages of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB), the largest Protestant church in the Czech Republic. Here you will find basic information about our church. More information in English is on the way.





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