Writer's columns

  • 6 January 2017, 22:35 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    A “Uniate-Schismatic” Conspiracy?

    Without autocephaly, unity is forced and false; without a commitment to unity, autocephaly is mere institutional egotism…. [T]he Moscow Patriarchate … honorsneither real unity nor genuine autocephaly.

  • 1 December 2016, 09:38 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Bishops, Voters, and America’s Orange-Haired Revolution: Thoughts for Ukraine

    If a supposedly advanced democracy like the United States could not field candidates enjoying broad popular support, could it be done in Ukraine’s corrupt and cynical political culture?

  • 23 November 2016, 13:25 | James Siemens' column | 

    A Church on the Ebb

    When I have been to L’viv, for example (and I am well aware that L’viv is not the whole of Ukraine!), I have been overwhelmed with a sense that the Church is alive and active among the people.

  • 18 November 2016, 14:19 | Tetiana Derkach's column | 

    No trifles of oligarchical-hierarchical life

    So, Novinsky has become involved in the extraordinary scandal that Prosecutor General’s Office qualifies as complicity in criminal offense aimed at removing the already late Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Volodymyr from the Metropolitan throne in favor of another hierarch.

  • 6 November 2016, 16:54 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Has the Orthodox “Symphony” Reached its Coda?

    …compared to the modern state and political institutions, religion is better suited to using the new means of instantaneous global communication…

  • 24 October 2016, 13:36 | James Siemens' column

    Church or Ethnic Chaplaincy? The Dangers of Phyletism

    The history of the Ukrainian Church in Wales is of a number of Ukrainian men who took work here after the Second World War, married, and had children.

  • 12 October 2016, 14:51 | Michael Cherenkov's column | 

    Evangelical Protestants of Eurasia: active mission under limited freedom

    At the backdrop of major events and processes in Eurasia’s religious life, the situation of religious minorities seems indicative, perhaps the most vulnerable of them being Protestants.

  • 3 October 2016, 17:32 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    “Holy Wisdom”, the Universe, and the University

    Every true university should offer a coherent, holistic conception of truth.

  • 22 September 2016, 18:28 | James Siemens' column | 

    Act of Communion, Act of Will

    I, myself, am an Orthodox Christian who has chosen to live in communion with Rome. I made this choice because I believe the Roman See to be a mark of unity and safeguard for orthodoxy.

  • 3 September 2016, 18:46 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Equal rites?

    The old conflict between Byzantinists and Occidentalists remains alive. Although it is potentially damaging, it does offer an opportunity to examine issues that the Church must sooner or later confront.

  • 3 August 2016, 13:17 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    1946 Does Not Equal 1596

    Brest represents an important chapter in Ukraine’s European aspirations. The pseudo-synod of L’viv, on the other hand, represents Moscow’s attempt to draw Ukraine back from European civilization.

  • 6 July 2016, 13:34 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Orthodoxy after Crexit

    …the Council, for all its flaws, has shown that the Orthodox communion can function without Moscow and her satellites. The good news for Ukraine is that “Orthodoxy without Moscow” can undertake a sober and serious consideration of Ukraine’s bid for unity and autocephaly.

  • 6 June 2016, 08:11 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Kyiv’s Sacred Geography

    It was [the] unity of all those who believe in God that raised the Maidan from a merely political protest to a true “revolution of dignity.”

  • 4 May 2016, 15:57 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Celebrity Celebrations

    It was the genius of the Communists not to make a direct assault on what they opposed, but to subvert it through trivialization…. one of Communism’s proudest achievements in Ukraine… stands triumphant.

  • 4 April 2016, 18:37 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    The Contradiction of Secular Liberalism

    A secular society is no guarantee of LGBT rights….as secularism is enforced, liberalism vanishes.

  • 31 March 2016, 20:02 | Viktor Yelenskyi's column | 

    How do we “get out from Moscow”

    The Ukrainian Parliament registered draft law No.4128, which regulates the procedure of changing the affiliation with particular religious centers by religious communities.

  • 13 February 2016, 08:46 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    The Patriarch as Peacemaker

    With regard to the war in Ukraine, the joint declaration avoids the key problem.

  • 27 January 2016, 22:58 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Pluralism and Secularization

    Neither Poland nor the United States offers a useful model for Ukraine. In terms of religious pluralism, Ukraine lies somewhere in between, for its three Orthodox Churches and its Greco-Catholic Church all belong to a single Kievan-Byzantine tradition that can serve as a source of values for the new post-Maidan Ukrainian nation.

  • 26 January 2016, 22:56 | Tetiana Derkach's column | 

    Excessive Act

    The Moscow patriarchs who tactlessly and irrepressibly played up to exalted Kremlin automatically set in motion the protest forces and centrifugal mechanisms inside the church structure they led.

  • 6 January 2016, 18:25 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    The Liberals, the Laity, and the Church

    There will always be tension between the Church and those who believe in absolute individual freedom.Butthe Greco-Catholic laity, who are more experienced in acting in a diverse and contentious public forum, could serve as intermediaries.