Keeping the Legacy Alive: Diaconia Fundraiser in Honor of Jan Hus

“Seek the truth. Listen to the truth. Teach the truth. Love the truth. Abide by the truth. And defend the truth unto death.” -Jan Hus

July 11th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

On July 11th, 2015, the Plymouth United Church of Christ and Diaconia ECCB-Center of Relief and Development (Diaconia- CRD) are hosting a fundraising dinner in commemoration of the 600th anniversary of Jan Hus’s death.

Distinguished Professor of History, Dr. Julius Ruff, from Marquette University, will be the honorary speaker.

More than 100 years prior to the Protestant Reformation of Martin Luther, the Czech theologian and philosopher, Jan Hus, fought for equality and justice within the church. He abhorred the concentration of wealth in the Catholic hierarchy and spoke on behalf of peasants and the impoverished. He spoke truth to power—in the Czech language no less, the language of the common person.

On April 6th, 1415, Hus was burned at the stake, becoming one of history’s most famous victims of intolerance. It was a ghastly death, full of pain and suffering. His vision of a more equitable, loving world got him killed.

Hus’s legacy carries on to this day in the many denominations that were formed after his example, the largest being the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB). Today, the ECCB is a denomination known for its openness and intellectual honesty. They work globally through the nonprofit organization Diaconia—Center of Relief and Development, organizing aid and development projects in Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Syria, Ethiopia, and more. Diaconia—CRD, much like the ECCB, is a modern day manifestation of Hus’s calling to pursue equality and justice. We want to honor his legacy through a fundraising dinner in support of Diaconia’s global projects.

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