Translated Sermon #12: Our Tradition of Renewal by Jakabházi Béla Botond

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Summary of sermon: This 2018 sermon is from Reverend Jakabházi Béla Botond who is the minister at Nyárádgálfalva, Transylvania.  He was a Balazs scholar in 2007-2008.   The central theme of this sermon is why we want ask the following questions: as people of Unitarian faith  “Who are we? and Who do we want to become?” .  The answers are coming from the rich cultural traditions of the Hungarian Unitarian Church, and the words of Jesus.  This sermon won the 3rd place in the 450th Anniversary year contest organized by the Hungarian Unitarian Church at Kolozsvár.

Translated Sermon # 11: On The Way There by Kovács Sándor

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Summary of sermon: This 2018 sermon is from Kovács Sándor, one of the theology teachers at the Protestant Theological Institute at Kolozsvár, Transylvania.   Kovács Sándor is also running the library at the headquarters of the Hungarian Unitarian Church at Kolozsvár, Transylvania.  The topic of this sermon is God’s promise to the Jewish leaders exiled to Babylon. This sermon won a shared 1st prize in the 450th Anniversary year contest organized by the Hungarian Unitarian Church at Kolozsvár.

Translated Sermon #10: The Triumph by Szabó Előd

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Summary of sermon: This 2018 sermon is from Szabó Előd, the minister at the Unitarian Church at Ürmös in Transylvania.  The topic is the commemoration of Ferenc David’s death at the memorial service. This sermon won the 1st prize in the 450th Anniversary year contest organized by the Hungarian Unitarian Church at Kolozsvar.

Translated Sermon #9: Hidden Treasures by Gellérd Imre

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Summary of sermon: This 1973 sermon is from Gellerd Imre, a great preacher and a great homiletics expert, and Unitarian historian.  His martyrdom seven years later during the communist regime in Romania ended the life of a tremendous person and the works of a world class expert in Transylvanian Unitarian history.  He is the father of Gellerd Judit (Zizi), who, through her own actions,  has changed the Unitarian world for the better.

Translated Sermon #8: Kolozsvar Blues by Koppándi Botond

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Summary of sermon: This 2008 sermon is from one of the teachers at the Unitarian Section of the Protestant Theological Institute in Kolozsvar.  The sermon was presented at a youth gathering.  Once you read this, you will look at Kolozsvar with a different eye, and when you visit there you’ll be asking your host to show you all the locations referenced in this sermon.

Translated Sermon #7: Mother’s Day by Pap Gy. László

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Summary of sermon: This 2018 sermon is from one of the more active contemporary unitarian ministers, Rev. Papp  Gy. Laszlo.  He spent most of his life in Transylvania; at the time of writing this sermon he was the minister in Debrecen, Hungary.  Appreciation of our mothers gain a new reasin through this sermon.

Translated Sermon #6: That Divine Truth by Kriza János

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Summary of sermon: This 1871 sermon is from one of the greatest Unitarian bishops, Kriza Janos.  Towards the second half of the 19th century he and his followers re-shaped the Transylvanian Unitarian Church.  In my opinion, this sermon is on the level of William Ellery Channing’s “Christian Unitarianism”. Long with lots of substance.

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