VERITAS is a registered civic association according to the statute No. 89/2012 of digest of the Czech Republic, i.e. Civic Law Codex.
- The Goal of the Society
- The Contact Data of the Society
- The Past of the Society
- The Present of the Society
- The Logo of the Society
The Goal of the Society
The goal of the Society VERITAS is to study the history of the Churches of the Czech Reformation and to make the findings public by an appropriate way and to evolve the impulses of the Czech Reformation in these ways:
- Historical research in the branch of the history of the Christian Church focused on the Czech Reformation.
- Research in the branch of genealogy focused on the important ancestries of the protestant history.
- Presentations of the results of the research work to all that take interest in it, including young generation (exhibitions, lectures, work assemblies etc.).
- We also study current controversial problems (e.g. the cause of the Virgin Mary Column in Prague at Old Town Square, analysis of the papal declaration Dominus Iesus, marking up the content of textbooks for elementary schools concerning spiritual and religious topics with the delegation of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic, etc.).
The focus of VERITAS is both interconfessional and ecumenical. VERITAS does not come under any Church or any religious society. Of course, it does not exclude that its members can be also members of any Church or religious society.
(More pieces of information about the goal of VERITAS are mentioned in the Regulations as well).
The Contact Data of the Society
Domicile of VERITAS:
State: Czech Republic (Czechia), European Union
Contact Postal Address of the Secretary:
Address: Kpt. Jaroše 1109/26
City: Lysá nad Labem
Postal/Zip code: 289 22
State: Czech Republic (Czechia), E. U.
+420 607 645 333 (available after 5 p.m. GMT +0200)
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Association is registered:
Registration in Public Registries of the Non-Profit Organisations:
Other Registrations or Membership:
Registration and presentation in the information system : Memorial of the Czech Reformation at the Tourist Portal CZeCOT
Registration at portal in section Non-profit Sector
Bank Account Number:
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National Format in Slovakia (only for inland banks in € — EUR)
International Format (for international payments in € — EUR)
SWIFT Address of the Bank: BIC FIOBCZPPXXX
The Past of the Society
Historical Society for Updating of the Legacy of the Czech Reformation VERITAS was established in December 1991 at the first Work Session (recently, the Work Sessions are held regularly in Velká Lhota near Dačice every July). On May 18, 1992 the official registration of VERITAS by the Ministry of the Interior of former Czechoslovakia was confirmed.
The Seminaries for Teachers and Others Concerned in History, Czech Language and Social Disciplines have been organised regularly twice a year in Pardubice since 1995. One year later the very successful Work Assembly of the Young Historians was held for the first time. Especially teenagers took a fancy to it.
The Present of the Society
Nowadays, the Society has 65 members. Some members of VERITAS are professional historians, however, the major part of members are, rather, favourers, fellows and others interested in the goals of the Society.
The Moderator of VERITAS for the current term of office is:
ThDr. Petr Melmuk, Th.D.
The Secretary of VERITAS for the current term of office is:
Mgr. Miroslav Soukup
Other members of the Administrative Board are (in alphabetical order):
The Inspecting Committee is constituted by:
Ing. Ivan Herynk
Mgr. Jarmila Kafková
The Manager of the Tourist Marked Path “The Way of the Waldensian and Czech Reformation” in the area of Velká Lhota near Dačic is:
The Headman of the Local Department of VERITAS in Pardubice is:
The Headman of the Local Department of VERITAS in Telč and Velká Lhota is:
The Honorary Members of the Administrative Board of VERITAS currently are:
Ing. Libuše Havlíčková, CSc.
Mgr. Jarmila Kafková
Mgr. Libuše Masarová
doc. PhDr. Eva Melmuková
The VERITAS webmaster currently is:
The activity of the Society VERITAS is involved in particular areas (branches):
The Branch of Research of VERITAS works currently chiefly on the formulating of the text of different petitions, points of view and attitudes of VERITAS to variant current problems based on detailed study of the historical sources.
The goal of the Museum Branch is to realize the project of the Protestant Museum's “Net” in the Czech Republic connected with the Czech Reformation. The essential “nodal point” of this “net” is the Monument of the Czech Reformation in the Centre of the Czech Reformation in Velká Lhota near Dačice. Other Monuments of the Toleration Period in Czechia gradually arise (e.g. in Vysoká near Mělník). The Museum branch prepares the projects of the stable expositions in these small museums and helps also with their realisation and possible enlargement. Besides, the branch broadly ensures the operation of the Monument of the Czech Reformation incl. the visitations.
The Editorial Branch redacts, issues and distributes all periodicals and publications of VERITAS.
The Archive and Genealogy Branch provides long-term preparation of the Edition of the Toleration Applications, i.e. systematically assorted historical sources about the first year after the Patent of Toleration was declared, including the nominal applications to the Evangelic belief (contains data about community, domain and country where the person applied).
The Educational Branch organises regular Seminaries for Teachers and Others Concerned in History, Czech Language and Social Disciplines.
VERITAS issues two periodicals regularly. The first is The Bulletin of the Historical Society for Updating of the Legacy of the Czech Reformation VERITAS (the Bulletin VERITAS) which has been issued since 1993 for the information of the members according to the need — usually once a year. The Bulletin VERITAS summarises the activity of the elapsed period, there are issued the texts of the lectures with special historical recommended literature, commentaries on the current problems and event reactions. Further, it also notifies members about the annual European Protestant Museums Conferences. The printed version of the Bulletin VERITAS has ISSN 1802-1182. The on-line version of the periodical downloadable on Internet in PDF format has ISSN 1802-1190.
The second regularly issued magazine of VERITAS is The Voice of the Centre of the Czech Reformation in Telč and Velká Lhota near Dačice (the Voice). The Voice has been issued since 1997 for the need and information of the members of the Society once a year. The Voice gives information about the happenings in the Centre of the Czech Reformation in Velká Lhota near Dačice during the elapsed year with a focus on the Work Assembly of the Young Historians and information about the Monument of the Czech Reformation and the Evangelic Toleration Area. The printed version of the Voice has ISSN 1802-1166. The on-line version of the Voice downloadable on Internet in PDF format has ISSN 1802-1174.
VERITAS distributes both the mentioned periodicals to the members free of charge (personally or sending by mail). Non-members can obtain it at the address of the Society after paying the expenses to the print or free of charge via Internet.
Occasionally, VERITAS also publishes some studies or monographs, work materials and aids for the study of the history of the Protestant Churches and ensures the distribution of it as well. It facilitates the spread of the special issued monographs to the members of VERITAS.
The Logo of the Society
The logo of VERITAS, confirmed and accepted by the General Assembly of VERITAS in May 2006 includes two main symbols of the Czech reformation. It is the Holy Writ — Bible opened for everybody and available to them in the intelligible language, the common symbol of all streams of the Reformation. There are two capital letters of the Greek alphabet written on the pages of the opened Bible: Α means the letter alpha, Ω means the letter omega. This two letters refer to the quotation from Bible in the Apocalypse, chapter 22nd, verse 13th, where stands: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.” The verse talks about Jesus Christ, who even Bible witnesses faithfully about. Both Greek letters this way identify the opened book as just Bible. The opened Bible is supplemented in the logo with the calix, definite and coherent symbol of all of the ideal streams of the Czech reformation. The calix differentiated the Hussites and Calixtines from the other Christians. The calix was the symbol of the Compacts of Basle that come from the Hussites' second Article of Prague. Despite the return to the way of Eucharist according to the praxis of the first apostles, it challenged the Christians of the 15th century especially to the workaday acceptance of the equality of all people in front of God as well as in this world. The author of the graphic figuration of the logo of VERITAS is Mgr. Jiří Zejfart, former parson of the Evangelic Church of Czech Brethren.
For the people interested in VERITAS is offered the application of the member.