Writer's columns

  • 5 October 2017, 14:29 | James Siemens' column | 

    Reclaiming Orthodoxy

    As a priest of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church living in Cardiff, Wales, I am faced by the challenge of identifying myself on a regular basis.

  • 16 August 2017, 09:23 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Fears and Phobias

    Ukrainian autocephaly is a threat to the Moscow Patriarchate’s control of East Slavic Orthodoxy. And the Moscow Patriarchate’s ecclesiastical control over Orthodoxy in Ukraine and Belarus is an important element of the Kremlin’s political control over those countries.

  • 6 July 2017, 16:33 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Volhynia, Fatima, and the Donbas

    The Russian aggression in the Donbas is neither similar nor analogous to the Polish-Ukrainian war. To imply that that the former is divine retribution for the latter is to misstate the moral equities, for it has been acknowledged that the Volhynian atrocities were mutual.

  • 8 June 2017, 21:28 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Two Drafts — and the Winds of Change

    Draft Laws 4128 and 4511 have arisen in the context of a politicization of religion in conditions of the Russian war against Ukraine, and of the flurry of defections from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate

  • 12 May 2017, 14:37 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Witnesses to Persecution

    One might ask why a nation of some 144,000,000 would risk its international reputation to persecute a religious sect numbering no more than 175,000 followers.

  • 6 April 2017, 09:31 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    From Crypto-Christians to Pseudo-Orthodox?

    …resentment of alleged Western Christian hostility and feelings of victimization are a common motif in Russian Orthodox thinking.

  • 24 March 2017, 12:46 | Michael Cherenkov's column

    Reformation In Ukraine: From Martin Luther To Ivan Ryaboshapka

    Marking the jubilee of Reformation this year, one should think not only about their Reformation, but also about our Reformation, about ourselves, about the relationship between Western and Eastern Christian traditions, between Europe and Ukraine.

  • 8 March 2017, 14:30 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Russian Catholics: Challenging the Stereotypes

    …the appointment of an apostolic exarch for Russian Catholics … could thus pave the way for a union of the Ukrainian Orthodox with the church of Rome.

  • 7 February 2017, 21:55 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Praying for Peace or Condoning a Crime?

    If the priests from St. Petersburg truly wished to pray for peace, wouldn’t it have been more efficient to travel to Moscow and pray for peace before the Kremlin?

  • 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.