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ECCB – PCUSA Partnership Conference, Atlanta, USA

From 1st to 5th April about 40 people from the ECCB, the Presbyterian Church USA and a few others met in the latest in their series of partnership conferences, which happen every three years.

The theme this time was ‘Hoping Together’, which formed the basis for a series of talks, discussions and outings.

Czech participation came from four ECCB congregations, Charles University, Diakonie, and the Ecumenical and International Department of the Church Central Office. Frome the PCUSA there were people from congregations, from the church offices in Louisville, from Columbia Theological Seminary (which hosted the event in the comfortable and delightful surroundings of the seminary in Decatur, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia), from Diaconia Connections (which raises money in the USA for the work of the Diakonie Center for Relief and Development) and interested individuals.

We heard about the work each is doing, discussed the issues we face, learned together, worshipped together (led by pairs of partnered congregations) and, indeed, hoped together as we looked to creating new partnerships and nurturing established ones. 

We visited nearby Clarkston, where we learned of its amazing church vitality and diverse community; and we visited Atlanta to go to the Martin Luther King Center on the fifty-first anniversary of his death, perhaps the most prominent but far from the only victim of racial hatred and the struggle for civil rights and racial equality which, amazingly and depressingly, must still continue today.

We thanked our hosts, both in Decatur and in Athens, Georgia, where most of the Czech participants spent the weekend before the conference began. And we set out, either back to the Czech Republic or to visit more connections in the USA, already thinking of the next conference – which will be held in the Czech Republic in 2022.

12.04.2019, 15:30
Taxing the Refunds is Unconstitutional

Taxing the Refunds is Unconstitutional

The Chamber of Deputies (the lower house) of the Parliament of the Czech Republic has approved an Act on the Supplementary Taxation of Financial Compensation for Misdirected State Assets.

26.02.2019, 20:54
Meetings with Representatives of the Reformed Christian Church

Meetings with Representatives of the Reformed Christian Church

Leaders of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB) and the Reformed Christian Church of Slovakia (RCCS) met for their eighth joint meeting on 24-25 January 2019.

07.02.2019, 14:54
We confess and we are grateful

We confess and we are grateful

Proclamation of the Synodal Council to the 100th Anniversary of the ECCB.

11.03.2019, 15:20
The memorial service of Pavel Smetana online

The memorial service of Pavel Smetana online

You can watch the memorial service of Pavel Smetana online on the link below or in the gallery.

08.10.2018, 11:49
Pavel Smetana (1937-2018)

Pavel Smetana (1937-2018)

On Thursday, 4th October, 2018, the former Synodal Senior of the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren (ECCB), Pavel Smetana, died at the age of 81.

05.10.2018, 11:38
On the 50th Anniversary of the Defeat of the Prague Spring

On the 50th Anniversary of the Defeat of the Prague Spring

We live in freedom and democracy. We should appreciate that and reject with civil courage everything that threatens them.

22.08.2018, 17:56
Synodal Council encourages help for refugees

Synodal Council encourages help for refugees

The Czech Republic has announced that it will not accept any refugees from a group of 450 people caught in a fishing boat near the Italian shores.

30.07.2018, 10:49
Czech delegation in the USA: Encounters in San Antonio

Czech delegation in the USA: Encounters in San Antonio

Another stop on the trip to the US by Synodal Senior Daniel Ženatý is San Antonio. He talked to the lay presbyter of the Presbyterian Church in the United States about refugee aid issues.

20.06.2018, 16:45
Representatives of the ECBB on a trip to the USA

Representatives of the ECBB on a trip to the USA

The journey first led to La Crosse (Wisconsin). The local synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) had invited them there.

20.06.2018, 16:38
Discussions between Czech and Hungarian Church Leaders

Discussions between Czech and Hungarian Church Leaders

Representatives of the ECCB met with their counterparts in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hungary in Brno. The themes of the discussions were education, finance, and the role of the church in the wider society.

08.03.2018, 16:12
Rev. Dr Jiří Josef Otter died at the age of 98

Rev. Dr Jiří Josef Otter died at the age of 98

The Rev Dr Jiří Otter was born in the year 1919 in Pilsen, which is where he found himself in his first employment as a deacon. During the war he undertook a home-study course in protestant theology. He spent the last year of the war as a political prisoner in Germany. 

After that he...

01.03.2018, 17:29
Reformation Day Livestream

Reformation Day Livestream

The Lutheran World Federation will broadcast a livestream of worship services from the seven LWF regions on Reformation Day, 31 October 2017. You are invited to participate in the global journey commemorating the 500 years of the Lutheran Reformation. More about the program here:

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31.10.2017, 09:22
60 years Treaty of Rome

60 years Treaty of Rome

Shortly before the celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on 25 March, the Council of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe emphasizes the significance of this Treaty for the European integration process.

19.04.2017, 14:49
Farewell for G. Frey-Reininghaus

Farewell for G. Frey-Reininghaus

On 1 April 2017, Gerhard Frey-Reininghaus, who had worked for the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren for 26 years, retired.

18.04.2017, 20:37