Posticum – the Association Movimentum Iuventutis Christianae is a cultural organization of Christian spirituality based in Oradea. Our major commitment is to cultivate Christian monastic traditions in a worldly environment. The dialogue with other, non-Christian religions, especially with their traditions of contemplative practices, is essential to our initiative, as ''world ethos”, a notion created by Swiss theologian Hans Küng, deeply influenced our way of thinking.
The goals of the organization
We are convinced that it is not only through the “main gate” that one may enter the two-thousand years old building of Christian culture. We believe that hidden, less spectacular, often ignored “backdoors” exist (that is the meaning of the Latin word posticum), and that these doors also open to the Holy of Holies, to the Most Holy Sanctuary.
In the past few years Posticum has been hosting a wide variety of cultural and charity events, trying to play the role of the “backdoor”. Besides our diverse activities in different cultural fields, our attention slowly got focused on finding one's inner resources of energy. Reading the signs of today's reality, we identified “backdoor” with silence and deep contemplation.
Although silence is only a door providing transitions, everyone has to pass through it who thinks that religion is more than popular folklore, and liturgies and rituals are more than mechanical homage to traditions.
Someone who is not entering the two-thousand years old building of the Church by the gate of silence can easily have the cultural experience of being shown around in a museum without experiencing the immediate presence of the Eternal.
Life without that experience becomes shallow, poor in colours and tastes.
Therefore Posticum keeps its backdoor wide open for those who would like to gather life-giving energy from silence and contemplative lifestyle; for those, who seek to find the path of their own, surrounded by the noise and chaos of mass culture.
We also do believe that one can discover the common source of all world-religions, not only individually but also as a religious community. In spite of historical, cultural, theological differences, being inspired by this common source, we can have the chance of creating a society of people living in fraternity.
As it is so often the case, the history of Posticum started with one person. The cooperation, ideas, financial support and physical work of many people were needed to make a dream come true, but essentially, all the responsibility of the whole process was carried by Imre Rencsik, catholic youth pastor. Our organisation, called KIM (Christian Youth Movement), was founded in 1994. It was first located in a pastor’s home in one of Oradea’s garden suburbs. The KIM-House, as it was called, was soon beloved by teenagers and became their favourite meeting place in town. Besides entertainment and other enriching programs, we tried to support young people in their studies, organised language and informatics courses, and helped them in applying for scholarships abroad. It soon became apparent that we need a place with greater capacity, suitable for more programmes for more people, so in 1996 our association laid the foundations of Posticum, our current youth and cultural centre. It was consecrated by Bishop Excellency József Tempfli as the closing accord of Varadinum festival on 21st May 2000. In designing and creating the building, our main concern was to express aesthetically the spirit of the association, so that visitors may feel Posticum’s mission instinctively. The unique architecture of the building, born amid lengthy ruminations and concerns, conveys openness, balancedness and temperance, and inspires the spontaneous realisation of similar inner values. The cultural centre has become one of the special colours and definig scenes of Oradea, where people can not only relax, but also get connected to a spiritual environment that inspires a truer, more authentic and more humane life.