Covenant Presbyterian Church – Athens, GA

Czech Republic Partnership

Since 2008, Covenant has partnered with the small Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren (ECCB) in Olomouc, a town of about 100,000 people about 3 hours from Prague. As the ECCB emerged from an era of oppression under the Communist regime, its members sought guidance and support as they worked to articulate their spiritual direction and identities in an atmosphere of high secularization and extremely rapid change in Eastern Europe. Several members of Covenant traveled to Olomouc on missions to collaborate in discerning the unique concerns and needs of the ECCB and to learn more about some of the common histories and traditions shared by the ECCB and the PCUSA. ECCB members have also visited Covenant to participate in our worship traditions and learn more about our culture.  In the Summer of 2013, a team of Covenant members developed and ran an intensive English language program for the ECCB congregants that proved to be a wonderful learning experience for all involved. An even larger team is preparing for a second offering of the intensive English program for the Summer of 2015!