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