B bábi, Tibor

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Bölcskei, Gusztáv (Gustavus) (Szamoskér 30 July 1952 - ) – Bishop of the Transtibiscan Reformed Church District, Debrecem, theologian. Born into a Reformed Minister’s family, he completed his High School at the Reformed College of Debrecen. He studied Theology at the Reformed Theological Academy of Debrecen (1971-1976), later at the University of Tübingen (1977-1978), obtaining a Ph.D. in Theology. He was Assistant Minister at Téglás and Hajdúhadháza (1978-1984). From 1984 he started to teach at the High School of the Debrecen Reformed College. From 1979 he was also a tutor in Theology at the Debrecen Reformed Academy. He was Director of the Reformed College, Debrecen (1979), Professor of Ethics and Sociology at the Theological Academy, Debrecen (1988), and Professor and Chair of Department (1900). In 1996 he was elected Bishop of the Transtibiscan Reformed Church District (Tiszántúli Református Egyházkerület). He is the current Clerical President of the General Synod of the Reformed Church in Hungary. His field of research is Church History, Systematic Theology, and Social Ethics. He participates in the work of the Collegium Doctorum’s program of the Reformed Church, and is Chair of its Social Ethics section. Bölcskei is Executive Committee Member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches, former president of WCRC Europe, and a professor of church sociology at Debrecen Reformed Theological University. He is a presidium member of the European Societas Ethica. He has been guest of a number of international conferences. His articles appear in church papers and journals in Hungary and abroad. His works include At the Light of the Word (Az Ige fényénél), with others, selected sermons at the Great Church of Debrecen (Debrecen, 1992); The Social Question in Theology and the Church – Then and Now (A szociális kérdés a teológiában és az egyházban – akkor és ma) in Confessio 1997/2: 36-40; The History of the Reformed Church in Hungary 1918-1990 (A Magyarországi Református Egyház története 1918-1990), studies (Sárospatak, 1999: 155-172); In the Footsteps of Christ… (Krisztus követésében…) in Elemér Sulyok, Mátyás Varga (eds.); Encounters (Találkozások) – at the Birthday of Archabbot Asztrik Várszegi (Pannonhalma, 2006. 195-202). His awards include: honorary doctorates from the University of Kolozsvár (now Cluj-Napoca, Romania) (2003), and from the Evangelical-Lutheran Theological University of Budapest (2005). – B: 0874, 1031, 1334, T: 7103, 7456.→Reformed College of Debrecen; Reformed Church in Hungary.

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