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Synod: Selecting a new Synodal Council, Self-financing of the Church and debate about the logo

Synod: Selecting a new Synodal Council, Self-financing of the Church and debate about the logo

The Synod is the highest legislative assembly and governing body of the ECCB. It is actually the Parliament of our Church, which meets once a year. This year's Synod was held in mid-May in Prague and the program was full and included many discussions. Among other things, it elected the new... více

Looking Back at the „Night of Churches“

Looking Back at the „Night of Churches“

During the communal gatherings on Friday 29 May one could discover the beauty of Christianity throughout the country; through its artistic and architectural treasures in inviting temples, churches, chapels and prayer rooms. The Event called „Night of churches“ is a sign of cooperation... více

TRIPOLI - Ecumenical project of Prague, Marburg and Zurich

TRIPOLI - Ecumenical project of Prague, Marburg and Zurich

The initiative came from the two cities which are connected to us by our common Reformation history. On 10 October 2014 representatives from the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren visited Reformation churches in Marburg and the Zurich headquarters where we became acquainted with the project... více

A New chance for Milíčova chapel in Malešice

A New chance for Milíčova chapel in Malešice

After long decades of decay, disputes and lengthy deliberations about the fate of the Milíčova Prayer Room in Prague's Malešice, a new project was developed to revitalize this interesting but forgotten building. This year it was designated, by the entire Moravian Church, as the recipient of... více

Declaration about the relationship between Christians and Muslims

Declaration about the relationship between Christians and Muslims

The proportion of Muslims in Europe has increased greatly in recent decades. Muslims have been living among us since the early Middle Ages. They are not a foreign element because, by supporting university education, through literary and narrative works, through mathematics and other sciences,... více

Conference reminds participants that the ideas of Jan Hus can unite society

Conference reminds participants that the ideas of Jan Hus can unite society

Who was Jan Hus and what legacy did he leave us? This was the topic of a four-day international conference in April which was organized for the 600th anniversary of Hus’ martyrdom. Some 140 participants came to Prague from all around the world. There were both Czech and foreign speakers from... více

A Full Hus Festival in the beginning of July in the center of Prague

A Full Hus Festival in the beginning of July in the center of Prague

One of the most famous personalities in Czech history, Master Jan Hus, was commemorated during the Hus Festival 2015. It took place on the 5th and 6th of July in the center of Prague. This religous-cultural project highlighted the importance of Jan Hus and his legacy for today. The event was... více

For the Anniversary of Hus’ martyrdom three new books have recently been released

For the Anniversary of Hus’ martyrdom three new books have recently been released

How did Europe look 600 years ago? Today, we cannot even imagine the time in which Jan Hus lived. To understand the greatness of his ideas, for which he gave his life, requires more than a simple mention in some biographical information and a list of his written works. It is necessary to be... více

Jan Hus – a “heretic” no more?

Jan Hus – a “heretic” no more?

600 years after his execution by the Council of Constance and fifty years after the Second Vatican Council, Jan Hus can no longer be considered a heretic - he was the pioneer for Christian freedom of thought, which the Roman Catholics swore to at the Council. That must have been the result of... více

International Conference in Prague Honors Jan Hus

International Conference in Prague Honors Jan Hus

Six hundred years ago this July 6 Jan Hus (1369-1415) died a martyr's death at the Council of Constance (1414-1418) in Germany. A follower of the English reformer John Wycliffe, Hus championed many of the reforms that would later be adopted by Protestant reformers over a century later. To... více

German Pastors College with the theme of Jan Hus

German Pastors College with the theme of Jan Hus

In March 2015 a Pastoral College was held in Prague. The seminar dealt with the theme of Jan Hus. It was attended by twelve Protestant pastors from the Rhineland and Westphalia led by Mrs. Susanne Wolf. The seminar was organized by the Ecumenical Department of the Central Church office of the... více

Association of the Friends of Herlíkovice

Association of the Friends of Herlíkovice

Looking back at 2014 and making plans for 2015

The most important event. for the Association of Friends of Herlíkovice in 2014, and in the entire history of its existence since its establishment in the year. 2012, was a celebration of the 110th anniversary of the church on June 29th and... více

Concerning the social engagement of the Reformed Churches, as debated by the representatives from Central and Eastern Europe

Concerning the social engagement of the Reformed Churches, as debated by the representatives from Central and Eastern Europe

Another meeting in a series of consultations of the Reformed Churches was held in Prague from 13 to 17 April 2015. This was a rather informal meeting of representatives of the Reformed Churches of Central and eastern Europe. This year was dedicated to the theme "Our prophetic witness in the... více

Pastor‘s Course

Pastor‘s Course

Every year the Association of Evangelical Preachers has a course for Pastors. We invite pastors from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Czech congregations in Ukraine, Romania and Serbia. This year, our guests also led the opening worship and all morning devotions. Particularly impressive was... více

A visitor from the Church of Scotland Nelu Balaj at the ministers’ conference in Prague

A visitor from the Church of Scotland Nelu Balaj at the ministers’ conference in Prague

Why did you come to Prague?

I came to Prague as a delegate from the Church of Scotland World Mission Council at the invitation of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren to be part of the ministers’ conference. We hope to nurture and strengthen the relationship between the Church of... více

Wandering Ways

Wandering Ways

Sometime in the spring of 2000, when I worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic as a construction supervisor for expatriate communities in Eastern Europe, my friend Jirka Svoboda said that the Ukraine was occasionally visited by a Czech Protestant preacher named Petr... více

The Year of Master Jan Hus 2015

The Year of Master Jan Hus 2015

The year 2015 is the year of the 600th anniversary of the martyrdom of Jan Hus at the Council of Constance. This anniversary is very important to us. The life and death of Master Jan Hus ignited a Reform movement in the Czech Lands a century before the European Reformation, whose initiators... více

Taize Youth Meeting in Prague

Taize Youth Meeting in Prague

Today, Europe needs hope

Backpacks, mats, billboards, information boards; but also smiles, joy, hugging and songs: After 25 years the atmosphere of the Prague gathering was charged. As the year came to a close hundreds of buses from all over Europe and elsewhere brought tens of thousands... více

Open letter from the ECCB Synodical Council to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic and the Interior Minister of the Czech Republic

Open letter from the ECCB Synodical Council to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic and the Interior Minister of the Czech Republic

Dear Sirs,

We are troubled by the fact that the offices of the Czech Republic refuse to receive Syrian refugees who are exhausted by prolonged hostilities. In the past few days even the idea of offering a small gesture to these suffering people has been rejected. 15 sick Syrian children and... více

Some Inspiration from Scotland

Some Inspiration from Scotland

Never say I can’t, say what you can do

In the fall I was invited by our partner Scottish church (The Church of Scotland) to their annual assembly. In additon to me, there were representative from the Churches of Taiwan and Malawi. The experience was beneficial for me, The Scots... více

A German-Czech Commemoration of Jaroslav Šimsa in Dachau

A German-Czech Commemoration of Jaroslav Šimsa in Dachau

On 8 February 2015 many footsteps led across the snow-covered grounds of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial to the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation there. Some of the church visitors had come a very long way: a Czech delegation had travelled from Ustí nad Labem, Pardubice and Prague.... více

ECCB – The Delegation visiting Japan and Korea

ECCB – The Delegation visiting Japan and Korea

In September, Pavel Stolař, a member of the Synodal Council, and Gerhard Frey-Reininghaus, the ecumenical referent of the ECCB, visited Japan and Korea. Being invited by the Presbyterian Church of Korea they at first dropped by in Tokyo, where they visited various churches. The main thing... více

600 Years of Communion in both kinds

600 Years of Communion in both kinds

Since the March issue there have been several contributions in the Český bratr magazine about the anniversary of the reintroduction of Communion in both kinds – bread and wine for all, without exception. The chalice has been a symbol of religious dignity for six hundred years and today it... více

Memorial of the concentration camp at Dachau

Memorial of the concentration camp at Dachau

The Board of Trustees of the Protestant Church of Reconciliation in Dachau includes a representative of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren

In the Spring I took up the offer to become a member of the Board of Trustees of the Protestant Church of Reconciliation at the Dachau... více

“Free in Christ” Gathering of Christians in Wroclaw, Poland

“Free in Christ” Gathering of Christians in Wroclaw, Poland

Christians from Central and Eastern Europe gathered together in Wroclaw, Poland 4-6 July 2014. Several members of the Central Church Office joined others from the ECCB and other Christian Churches here in the Czech Republic for this celebration of Christian unity. The theme for the gathering... více

Taizé in Prague

Taizé in Prague

The next European Meeting of Young People will be held in the city and region of Prague, from 29 December 2014 to 2 January 2015. The Taizé Community is preparing the meeting at the invitation of the Czech Bishops’ Conference and the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic. It... více

Visit from Scotland

Visit from Scotland

Sister Carol Finlay, the „Twinning and Local Development Secretary“ of the Church of Scotland, and sister Susan Brown, pastor from the cathedral of Dornoch in the very north of Scotland, visited our Church between July the 3rd and July the 14th, 2014 (sister Brown could stay only between... více

The Ceremonial Worship on the 12th of October in the Bethlehem Chapel in Prague – 600th Anniversary of the Renewal of Communion with both Elements

The Ceremonial Worship on the 12th of October in the Bethlehem Chapel in Prague – 600th Anniversary of the Renewal of Communion with both Elements

A Greeting of Bishop Dr. Michael Bünker, the General Secretary of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe

It is desirable to serve all the people both elements of the altar sacraments, bread and wine, as it used to be”. These were the words of Martin Luther in the year 1519. And... více

A festive invitation

A festive invitation

This year it will be exactly 600 years ago that in some of Prague’s churches, which were under the influence of the reform movement led by John Hus, the administration of Communion in both kinds was reintroduced. This took place in the autumn of the year 1414, when John Hus had already been... více

In the Footsteps of Jan Hus and Martin Luther

In the Footsteps of Jan Hus and Martin Luther

28 April-6 May 2014

„In the Footsteps of Jan Hus and Martin Luther“ was a seminar planned and sponsored by the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB) and the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA). 16 participants, laity and clergy, came from many places around the world; from the US,... více

Missionary projects in the European Protestant churches

Missionary projects in the European Protestant churches

In May a group of eight people from the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren came together with representatives of the Protestant Church of the Netherlands and a delegation of the Reformed Church of Hungary. The theme of the meeting between the three churches was their Mission.

“In the... více

Pilgrimage of trust on earth – 37th Taizé Young Adult European Meeting in Prague

Pilgrimage of trust on earth – 37th Taizé Young Adult European Meeting in Prague

At the invitation of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic and the Czech Bishop’s Conference, tens of thousands of young adults from all over Europe and beyond will meet in Prague from 29 December 2014 until 2 January 2015 for the 37th European Meeting. This will be the... více

The Synod of the ECCB met in Vsetín

The Synod of the ECCB met in Vsetín

For the first time in its history the ECCB Synod was not held in Prague but in Vsetín, a beautiful little town in the so called Walachia region, and took place from 29th May until the 1st of June 2014. Walachia is the region of the Czech Republic where almost every village has its own church... více

What does the Czech Reformation have to say to today’s Czechs?

What does the Czech Reformation have to say to today’s Czechs?

The Protestant Churches are experiencing a period of "big anniversaries": the publication of the Kralice Bible (1613), the first celebration of Holy Communion in both kinds (1414), the martyrdom of Master John Hus (1415) and Jerome of Prague (1416). What do these and other personalities and... více

Sixty years of women's ordination within the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren

Sixty years of women's ordination within the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren

In November 2013, 60 years have passed since the introduction of the ordination of women by the XI. Synod of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren. The first four women, Eva Peroutková (later Nechutová), Alena Srnková (born Štěrbová), Jarmila Jeschkeová (born Štěpánková) and... více

Jan Hus shall unite us!

Jan Hus shall unite us!

This was said by the Roman-Catholic bishop, František Radkovský, in St. Nicholas' Church in Prague's Old Town Square on December 3, 2013. The occasion for these groundbreaking words was the signing of an agreement between the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB) and the Czechoslovak... více

Blown Around Protestants - a five-part documentary on Czech Television

Blown Around Protestants - a five-part documentary on Czech Television

Already, for more than 13 years I have been driving, with Pastor Petr Brodský, through Eastern Europe to visit fellow countrymen. In the beginning he was with me, later I was with him, but we were always together. He has become a friend for me and a person who has helped me in many ways and... více

Thoughts on the occasion of the anniversary of the synagogue fires during the Kristallnacht

Thoughts on the occasion of the anniversary of the synagogue fires during the Kristallnacht

In November last year the world commemorated, for the 75th time, the Kristallnacht, which derives its name from the shards of shattered windows of Jewish businesses and synagogues. From 9 th to 10th November an organized attack on the Jews took place in Germany, in Austria and in the Sudeten... více

Guest at the Rhine Synod

Guest at the Rhine Synod

It is a valuable tradition that churches visit each other. One of the offered opportunities for this is visiting synod meetings. During these meetings Churches discuss matters that concern them at the moment. Those responsible for leading the Church meet together. The breaks are a good... více

"Quo vadis ECCB?" Was the theme of this year's minister’s retreat

In January the Protestant Association of Ministers organized a ministerial training which took place in Prague at the premises of the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University. The theme of the course was "Quo vadis ECCB?". The program included lectures, plenary discussions, the... více

Traveling in matters Reformation: Margot Käßmann’s visit to Prague

Traveling in matters Reformation: Margot Käßmann’s visit to Prague

The Ambassador for the Reformation anniversary 2017 of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany, Prof. Dr. Margot Käßmann, visited Prague from 22nd to 25th March – and, therefore, also the native country of one of the spiritual fathers of Martin Luther. With Jan Hus and others the... více

Day for Cuba - White Umbrellas and Balloons on Charles Bridge

Day for Cuba - White Umbrellas and Balloons on Charles Bridge

The Cuba committee of the ECCB Synodal Council held on 18th March the “Day for Cuba” to support the democratically minded opposition there. This event took place for the fourth time - after Brno, Olomouc and Hradec Kralove now also in Prague. Other participants of the program were the... více

Zittau - Refuge for Religious Refugees

Zittau - Refuge for Religious Refugees

Zittau became, in the time of the violent counter-reformation (after 1621), a haven for Czech and German Protestants from the areas of the Bohemian Crown that wanted to preserve freedom of conscience for themselves and their descendants. On 18 th January 1623 the Elector of Saxony issued a... více

110th Anniversary Celebration of the old German church in Herlíkovice

110th Anniversary Celebration of the old German church in Herlíkovice

The beautiful Art Nouveau church in Herlíkovice (Giant Mountains), completed in 1904, is a contemporary witness to the turbulent history of the 20th Century. The German inhabitants, who built the church, were replaced by Czech Protestants.

The church in 2013 (photo: J. Kirschner)

We... více

The anniversary of the Kralice Bible from 1613

The anniversary of the Kralice Bible from 1613

400 years have passed since the last edition of the Kralice Bible. That edition was the result of over 30 years of work. Out of Kralice nad oslavou (West Moravia) emerged a work of monumental proportions that had a huge influence on the history and culture of the Czech Churches. The eleven... více

Statement of the ECCB Synodal Council regarding expressions of racism in Czech society

Statement of the ECCB Synodal Council regarding expressions of racism in Czech society

We are presently troubled by remarks of overt and covert racism in Czech society. The racism hidden in many of us is used by neo-Nazi groups who march on the streets and shout racist slogans. In a time of economic recession, the whole problem becomes even more powerful and more people will join... více

The Kralice Gem

The Kralice Gem

Long-prepared celebrations were held on the weekend of the 13th-15 th of September

Early Friday evening the Primary School was dedicated to Jan Blahoslav, there were exhibition openings, a concert and a screening of the film Hrabě Zinzendorf - síla přesvědčení (Count Zinzendorf -... více

Christians at the Prague Pride

Christians at the Prague Pride

Again, this years' third Prague Pride festival has caused reactions from Christians in various denominations. Some showed again their disapproval and hostility, but also a group of faithful gay and lesbian Christians joined the parade of ten thousand in order to express their belief that God... více

Spiritual Direction for the teachers at the Protestant Academy

Spiritual Direction for the teachers at the Protestant Academy

The theme of spiritual “exercises” - in the Protestant tradition it is called “accompaniment” - developed out of a need voiced by the teachers themselves. At the regular meeting of the employees of the Protestant Academy in Běleč nad Orliči they wished to have, in addition to the... více

Middle- and Eastern Europe Christians' Meeting  4th to 6th July 2014 in Wroclaw

Middle- and Eastern Europe Christians' Meeting 4th to 6th July 2014 in Wroclaw



In the year of the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain in Central and Eastern Europe, Christians of this region plan to meet under the motto Free in Christ to give thanks for the years of freedom, to consider anew common values that were brought on by the social situation... více

Prayer for Peace in Leipzig

Prayer for Peace in Leipzig

Crowds, hustle, a building with the number 89 illuminated, candles, calmness, peace, smiles, serenity …

24 years have passed since 9 th October 1989 when the Peaceful Revolution took place in Leipzig. About 70,000 protesters took part in that event and gave the decisive impulse for the... více

ECCB Synodal Council guest of the Reformed Christian Church in Slovakia

ECCB Synodal Council guest of the Reformed Christian Church in Slovakia

The church leaders of the ECCB and the Reformed Christian Church in Slovakia (RCKS) met in the eastern Slovak city of Košice on 19 th and 20 th October 2013. This meeting, already the third one of the leadership of both Churches, was dedicated to an intense exchange of experiences. The ECCB... více

The Seminar for Church Music of the Protestant Academy has its first graduates

The Seminar for Church Music of the Protestant Academy has its first graduates

With a solemn service in the Red Church in Brno, a three-year course of church music ended for seventeen students. This course was directed by Ladislav Moravetz, Cantor for the whole Church, with the help of several other lecturers, under the umbrella of the Protestant Academy. Students of... více

The Family Center 'Klíček' in Rumburk has become a church kindergarten

The Family Center 'Klíček' in Rumburk has become a church kindergarten

At the end of September we happily and thankfully celebrated the opening of the church kindergarten 'Klíček' at the rectory in Rumburk. Seven months of construction work finally came to an end. But it was preceded by countless hours in which we, with helpers (not only from the parish),... více

Pluralistic Society and Czech Protestants

Pluralistic Society and Czech Protestants

A document with this title was prepared in the spring of 2013 by the ECCB Advisory Committee for Social and International Affairs and after deliberation by the ECCB Synodal Council it was sent out as study material to the parishes. The main points of it are the following:

It is stated in... více

Celebration of the 1150th Anniversary of the arrival of Cyril and Methodius in the area of the Great Moravian Empire at Castle Branč, 4.-5.7.2013

Celebration of the 1150th Anniversary of the arrival of Cyril and Methodius in the area of the Great Moravian Empire at Castle Branč, 4.-5.7.2013

All the Christian Churches in Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia and Slovakia commemorated the 1150th Anniversary of the arrival of Cyril and Methodius in the area of the Great Moravian Empire. These brothers from Thessaloniki came into our area in 863 to explain in plain language to the indigenous... více

Night of Churches took place in the Czech Republic at the end of May

Night of Churches took place in the Czech Republic at the end of May

On Friday, the 24 th of May, churches, prayer rooms and other rooms of the 11 Denominations that participated in the Night of Churches 2013 opened throughout the Czech Republic. 118 congregations of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren were open. The general public experienced the... více

From Marburg to Leuenberg - 40th Anniversary of the signing of the Leuenberg Agreement

From Marburg to Leuenberg - 40th Anniversary of the signing of the Leuenberg Agreement

In October of 1529 the representatives of the German (Luther) and the Swiss (Zwingli) wings of the European Reformation met in Marburg for a colloquy on common doctrine and action. The meeting was initiated by the Landgrave Philip of Hesse. It lasted three days and there were fifteen... více

The Recreational Centers of the ECCB invite you

The Recreational Centers of the ECCB invite you

The Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren owns six recreational centers which are spread over the entire Republic. Each of these centers is, due to its location and its offerings, as well as its history, unique. Thanks to this diversity we can offer facilities for youth groups, families with... více

Day for Cuba in Olomouc

Day for Cuba in Olomouc

Does Cuban society have a hope for change? With the reminder of our communist past and the present in Cuba we tried to find an answer to this question during an event of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren for Cuba in Olomouc on the 20 th of March.

The event for Cuba began in the early... více

About the Association Exulant

About the Association Exulant

Were the "Dark Ages" really dark? If we are only interested in culture then probably not. I argue that the majority of listeners prefer Baroque music to contemporary composers. However, if we think of Psalm 119: "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path" (Ps. 119:105), we realize... více

The Heidelberg Catechism in Bohemia and Moravia

The Heidelberg Catechism in Bohemia and Moravia

This year is the 450th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of the Heidelberg Catechism. This year also marks 230 years since the first Czech edition of this post-tolerance era document was published.

The Heidelberg Catechism was one of the first Protestant books that were... více

Synod Meeting of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren

Synod Meeting of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren

The Synod of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren met from 30th May to 2nd June 2013 in the premises of the Emaus Monastery, Prague. In addition to the Synod members, several national and international ecumenical guests also took part. The Archbishop of Prague, the Metropolitan and Czech... více

Reformation Anniversaries - An Invitation to Every Parish

Reformation Anniversaries - An Invitation to Every Parish

2008 saw the inauguration of the Luther Decade in Germany - a program that stretches over ten years and culminates in the celebration of the 500 th anniversary of the posting of Luther's thesis at the Castle Church door in Wittenberg. Parishes and associations, national Churches and all others... více

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

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

„It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.!“ Gal 5,1







Görlitz, Niesky, Wisła, Český Těšín, Görlitz, Prag, Bratislava, Dresden – This is the chain of towns and cities... více

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

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

The ecumenical volunteer organization SERVITUS was founded in May 2003 by representatives of Protestant Churches, the Jewish community, Caritas and Diakonia. Therefore, in April this year it celebrates its 10th anniversary as well as ten years of close collaboration with the Action... více

Visitors from Scotland

Visitors from Scotland

On 1 February 2013 the ECCB welcomed visitors from the Church of Scotland. The two Churches have worked together for many years and this meeting was, in part, a celebration of that partnership. The ECCB hosted four visitors: The Very Rev Albert Bogle, Moderator of the General Assembly of the... více

Joel Ruml - 60 years

Joel Ruml - 60 years

The ECCB moderator, Joel Ruml, will celebrate his 60 th birthday at the end of April. He has walked on this earth for quite a number of years. Alongside him we have come a long way which has been marked by well-known milestones and signposts such as: the Freedom of conscience, the Church's... více

Liberation from Homophobia is possible

Liberation from Homophobia is possible

Although it seems, judging by the media, that Christians are a homogenous group that fights hard against the acceptance of homosexuality, the theme 'religion' and especially Christianity played a relatively important role during the program of the Prague Pride 2012. I would like to point out... více

Towards the 40th Anniversary of the Leuenberg Agreement in the Czech Republic

Towards the 40th Anniversary of the Leuenberg Agreement in the Czech Republic

The five CPCE member churches in the Czech Republic hold since 2000 a joint synod, which meets every two years for a meeting. At the synod in 2010 the 24 synod members decided to contribute to the 40th anniversary of the Leuenberger Agreement in 2013 in a truly protestant fashion - with a joint... více

Walking Together

Walking Together

Twinning between parishes and academics

In the quaint colonial port city of Annapolis, the capital of the U.S. state of Maryland, took place, from 20 th to 22 nd September 2012, a conference on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the partnership between the ECCB and the... více

French Delegation at the ECCB

French Delegation at the ECCB

A four-member delegation from France, led by the President of the National Council of the Reformed Church in France, Rev. Laurent Schlumberger, paid a visit to the ECCB. Other members of the delegation were Lucile Mesnil, lay-member of the National Council of the Reformed Church and Didier... více

Visitors from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the ECCB

Visitors from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the ECCB

The media officer of the Presbyterian News Service, Jerry L. van Marter, accompanied by the Coordinator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for Europe, Burkhard Petzhold, visited Prague from 15 th to 19 th October. On the agenda were talks with staff of the ecumenical department of the... více

The partnership with the Protestant Church of Saxony continues

The partnership with the Protestant Church of Saxony continues

On the weekend of 12th-14th October in the German town of Herrnhut the employees of the church offices in Dresden and Prague met. These meetings have a long tradition. One year, the representatives of the Saxon Protestant Church come to us, the next year the representatives of the Evangelical... více

150 years of the Unity of Brethren in the Czech lands

150 years of the Unity of Brethren in the Czech lands

I was asked to say today a few words about the beginnings of the work of the Unity of Brethren 150 years ago in Bohemia and Moravia.

I am not a historian and have not studied the documents of that time, therefore I will tell you nothing original and fundamental regarding the history.

In... více

Honored with the ECCB Medal of Appreciation

Honored with the ECCB Medal of Appreciation

The ECCB Synodal Council has honored two friends of the ECCB in autumn 2012 with a honorary medal. Both honorees live in Germany and have just celebrated their 80th birthday.

The first honoree is Professor Dr. Martin Stöhr. Martin Stöhr has been connected with the ECCB since the 50s. He... více

The Christian position is ecology friendly - Interview with Hana Librová

The Christian position is ecology friendly - Interview with Hana Librová

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hana Librová, CSc (*1943) focused her whole professional life on the relationship between humankind and nature. She studied biology and sociology, founded and directed the Department of Environmental Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in Brno,... více

The association Slunečnice in the old school

The association Slunečnice in the old school

Opposite the rectory in Horní Krupa is an old school. Of all Protestant schools on Czech territory it served the longest - until 1930. Thereafter, it was used by the parish of Horní Krupa as a parish center which succeeded in filling the building anew with life. The association Slunečnice,... více

LWF European Church Leadership Consultation Ostrava, Czech Republic, 10-15 May 2012

LWF European Church Leadership Consultation Ostrava, Czech Republic, 10-15 May 2012

Resolutions on the future shaping of Regional Expressions in Europe

through regular meetings based on the LWF Strategy 2012-2017





“Our vision: Liberated by Gods grace, a communion in Christ, living and working together for a just, peaceful and reconciled world.”

... více

Cuban preacher in Prague

Cuban preacher in Prague

Rev. Daniel Izquierdo, the spiritual leader of the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba (PRCC) visited Prague in September. He accepted an invitation of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren for a personal meeting which built on previous contacts, which in turn were mediated by the United... více

A useful booklet: Care for the environment for Churches

A useful booklet: Care for the environment for Churches

This useful booklet is meant mainly for those that care actively for the different Church properties. It offers ideas how to make a contribution to the conversation about the environment, for example during cleaning, heating or general maintenance. Each chapter contains specific tips and... více

The German ambassador Detlef Lingemann as a guest of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren

The German ambassador Detlef Lingemann as a guest of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren

The ambassador of Germany, Detlef Lingemann, and the Attaché for Social Affairs, Stephan Schmid, accepted an invitation to a meeting with the leadership of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren. They met with moderator Joel Ruml, lay moderator Lia Valková and employees of the ecumenical... více

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

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

Ten young people from Germany will come this year to different parts of the Czech Republic. One girl will go to Brno and help in the Caritas day center Líšeň and in the 'Assisted Living' project in Zábrdovice. Another one will do her volunteer work in the Jewish Community in Brno, where she... více

A family center in the rectory of Rumburk

A family center in the rectory of Rumburk

Late summer 2011 saw weeklong riots and demonstrations in Rumburk and its vicinity which were, primarily, directed against the Roma community living there. The tensions that had grown over the past years between different population groups surfaced in a distressing manner. This was the reason... více

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

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

The Synodal Council of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren considers it necessary to comment on some issues that are presently prevalent in the Czech Republic, that poison society's atmosphere and slowly undermine the strength of its inhabitants. By referring to some negative occurrences... více

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

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

Representatives of the Churches met in May last year in the monastery of Želiv, within the framework of the commission for questions of statutes and future spiritual orientation of the World Council of Churches (WCC), to discuss suggestions about the life and deeds of the Christian Churches in... více

Letter to Joachim Gauck regarding his assumption of office

Letter to Joachim Gauck regarding his assumption of office

Dear Mr. President, dear brother in Jesus Christ,

a small delegation of our Church visited Berlin on 24 th and 25 th March on the occasion of the 275 th anniversary of the arrival Czech protestant religious exiles in Prussia. We had many good conversations with our hosts from the EKBO and... více

European Church Leaders Meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic

European Church Leaders Meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic/GENEVA, 16 May 2012 (LWI) – Churches must be global citizens addressing issues that can only be tackled at the worldwide level, Rev. Martin Junge, general secretary of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) told Lutheran leaders from Europe.

In a keynote address to... více

Visiting the Lusatian Sorbs in Bautzen

Visiting the Lusatian Sorbs in Bautzen

Four representatives of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren met in Bautzen (Germany) with Jan Malink, pastor of one of the ten parishes in which Sorbian-German church services take place, and Trudla Malinkowa, the chief editor of the magazine of the Protestant Sorbs 'Pomhaj Boh'. Moderator... více

Partnership meeting in the Kačaba

Partnership meeting in the Kačaba

On Tuesday, 1 st March, the representatives of the Church district of Bayreuth, of the West-Bohemian presbytery and of the synodal council met in Pilsen for a continuation of the discussions about cross-border cooperation in this region. The meeting took place, with a very pleasant atmosphere,... více

The Synod of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren has met

The Synod of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren has met

Fanfares played by the brass section of the guild 'Consonare' welcomed the participants of the second session of the 33 rd ECCB Synod to the opening worship service in the Church in the Prague district of Vinohrady.

“We often find ourselves in situations in which a lot, if not... více

Position of the Synod (General Assembly) of the ECCB regarding European integration

Position of the Synod (General Assembly) of the ECCB regarding European integration

The integration of Europe in the form of a union undoubtedly has been one of the most important processes with worldwide significance since the middle of the 20 th Century. It can perhaps only easily be compared to the independence movements in the colonies in Africa and Asia, the power rise... více

Interview with Martina Sklenářová

Interview with Martina Sklenářová

A smile doesn't cost a crown Milestones in the life and perceptions of the new Human Resource Manager Martina Sklenářová, born 1973, studied Special Needs Education and completed a five-year program, parallel to her work, in order to become a therapist. She worked with people that had... více

Census 2011

15.02.2012 Census 2011

This year's census results indicated that the number of members of the ECCB was reduced to 52 000. This is more than half the decline compared to the last census. This is a second reported decline which has been recorded in the past 20 years. Similar, if not slightly larger "losses" were... více

Pastors Course 2012

25.01.2012 Pastors Course 2012

The pastors of the ECCB are gathering this week for their annual Pastors Course organized by the organization of the pastors within the ECCB. They meet for the week of January 23-27 here in Prague at the Protestant Theological Faculty. This annual gathering provides an opportunity for clergy to... více

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German television ZDF visiting the Prague Parish

Approximately 700,000 people watch every Sunday at 09:30, the Church service broadcast by ZDF (Second German Television Channel). These broadcasts alternate between Catholic and Protestant denominations, city and countryside, and are recorded in different parts of Germany. Twice a year, a... více

PARTIAL COMPENSATION FOR INJUSTICE INFLICTED UPON RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS BY THE COMMUNIST REGIME

PARTIAL COMPENSATION FOR INJUSTICE INFLICTED UPON RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS BY THE COMMUNIST REGIME

CHURCH PROPERTY IN THE PAST After the communist take-over, church property that was not used directly for religious purposes and which in part secured the livelihood of individual parishes and communities, was confiscated. This applied mostly to buildings used mostly for educational, social... více

The new civil society - filled with life

The new civil society - filled with life

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

Mahulena Čejkova reached 'National Street' (Národní třída) only after she had passed a barrier, made up from several police cars, at the underground station Můstek. Torn up flowers were scattered on the... více

General Meeting of the Ecumenical Council of Churches

General Meeting of the Ecumenical Council of Churches

Wednesday, 8 th November, the 8 th general meeting of the Ecumenical Council of Churches (ECC) took place. The meeting was held in the beautiful rooms of the Capuchin monastery in Prague- Hračany with representatives from all member Churches of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech... více

On the Current Situation in the Sluknovska Region

On the Current Situation in the Sluknovska Region

Perhaps you have read of the unrest in our region or have seen the pictures in the news of the violent clashes between police and demonstrators in Varnsdorf on September 10, 2011. It is difficult for me to describe what is going on here, even when we are constantly talking about it, discussing... více

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