Péter Esterházy (1950 – 2016), one of the most remarkable and widely known authors of contemporary Hungarian literature would have turned 70 last week. On this occasion, the Lutheran website in Hungary announced that the Esterházy Family had donated the Péter and Gitta Esterházy Library to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary (ELCH). In the following, Gabriella H. Hubert, Director of the ELCH Collections (Museum, Library and Archive), Tamás Fabiny, Presiding Bishop of the ELCH and Mr. Gergely Prőhle, Lay Leader of the ELCH, talk about the spiritual significance of this cultural treasure and about the theological dimension of the Esterházy texts.
Budapest – Péter Kondor, bishop-elect of the Southern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hungary was interviewed right after the announcement of the election results on 5 March.
Budapest – Pearl Penumaka applied to the Young Adults in Global Mission program through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and this year she is teaching english at the Budapest-Fasori Evangelical-Lutheran School. Pearl was interviewed by the Fasori Hírmondó.
Budapest – We shouldn’t resort to means like fear and scaring the people with an image of the enemy, says Tamás Fabiny. In addition to politics, migration and the [government-made political] billboards picturing George Soros, we also discussed more elevated topics with the Bishop of the North Disctrict of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary,such as the 21th century message of the 500-year-old Reformation and last but not least, what would he like to ask from PM Viktor Orbán.
Budapest – Charlotte Flynn, one of the eight volunteers serving in Hungary within YAGM – Young Adults in Global Mission – is slowly coming to the end of her volunteer year in Budapest. A colleague and friend asks her about her experiences.
A few weeks ago a frightening video appeared on the internet. A Hungarian truck was driving on a French highway with many refugees walking by the road. In the next moment the driver – while cursing heavily – drove into the walking group. A dozen of scared young people had to jump out of the way of the approaching truck.
I would like to recall the poignant memories of the weekend when thousands of refugees set out from Budapest, Hungary, towards Austria and, finally, reached the other side of the border on board of buses provided by the Hungarian government.
There is a myth and a dream about Europe and it is necessary to differentiate between the two. The myth from the Greek mythology is well known: Zeus fell in love with the beautiful Phoenician princess, Europa. The god transformed himself to a white bull and took the princess with him over the sea to the island of Crete. Europa bore three children to Zeus. According to the legend, our continent has been named after the Asian princess.
Dr. Béla Harmati (Lutheran) is bishop emeritus and pastor of the Evangelical Church of Hungary. For many years he was the director of the Department of Studies of the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva, Switzerland. REE published his work in previous issues.
Budapest – As the evangelikus.hu reported about it, the Anglican-Lutheran Society held its conference in Révfülöp at the Lajos Ordass Study and Conference Center between September 12-16th, 2014 with the title “Fear Not Little Flock” – the Vocation of Minority Churches Today. After this event we had a conversation with the Rev. Alexander Faludy.
For weeks on end, the whole world is watching the situation in Ukraine with bated breath. Unfortunately it is hardly unusual for a war to be going on in our direct proximity: In the '90s, the crisis in the Southern Balkan ended up in a bloody massacre. Now our neighbour in the East is fighting the ghost of a civil war. What the two have in common, is post-Communist heritage on the one hand and an ethnic conflict on the other. A third factor worth mentioning is the considerable Hungarian-speaking minority both in Vojvodina back then and in Subcarpathia now which could easily become a victim of this insane conflict. Text: Dr. Tamás Fabiny (Bishop of the Evangelical–Lutheran Church in Hungary). Published in the Lutheran weekly Evangélikus Élet on 9 March 2014. English translation: Kinga Marjatta Pap
The Hungarian World Encyclopedia is a collection of Hungarian-related issues, themes, events and persons. It attempts to present Hungarian history, culture and individuals who also shaped the life of the world throughout more than thousand years of history. It provides a cross-section of the Hungarian culture and presents the treasures of Hungarian heritage. Doing so, we believe, is an important contribution to the cultural wealth of mankind.
The second in a series of LWF hermeneutics consultations is underway 21-27 March 2013 in Eisenach, Germany. Participant Rev. Dr Virgil László talks about the challenges and opportunities of biblical interpretation in the Lutheran communion today. In: lutheranworld.com
Dr. Béla Harmati is bishop emeritus and pastor of the Evangelical–Lutheran Church of Hungary. For many years he was the director of the Department of Studies of the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva, Switzerland. REE published his work in previous issues.