• 8 December 2019, 16:08 | Society-digest | view photo | 

    CRIMEA: UN call to halt Cathedral eviction

    The United Nations Human Rights Committee is considering an appeal by 62 parishioners of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine's Sts Volodymyr and Olga Cathedral in the Crimean capital Simferopol.

  • 29 November 2019, 11:00 | Society-digest | 

    World cannot overcome the current crisis by neglecting the destiny of Ukraine – Soviet dissident

    This article is an abridged version of a lecture given by Myroslav Marynovych as part of the conference “Human Dignity – Socio-ethical Legacy and Challenge of the Revolution of Dignity”

  • 25 November 2019, 15:16 | Society-digest | 

    The Ecclesiastical Motherhood of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine

    One of the most critical questions facing contemporary Orthodox ecclesiology is the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine and the schism within Orthodoxy. On account of the magnitude of this theme and the general misperception and manipulation of fundamental facts of Orthodox ecclesiology, our particular attention will be paid to the main ecclesiological principles of autocephaly and the subsequential concept of the motherhood of the local church.

  • 25 November 2019, 15:09 | Society-digest | 

    The Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine: Ecumenical Perspectives

    Since the independence of Ukraine in 1991, the confessional situation in the country has been characterized by a high level of religious freedom and pluralism. The latter made the Ukrainian case unique amongst its neighbors, where usually one denomination plays a dominant role (as in Russia, Romania, and Poland).

  • 25 November 2019, 15:02 | Society-digest | 

    Panorthodox Challenges and Opportunities Coming from the Ukrainian Autocephaly

    Just as Ukraine appeared at the epicenter of political turmoil in the United States, so it underpins the turmoil that has engulfed the Orthodox world.

  • 25 November 2019, 14:30 | Society-digest | 

    Orthodox Debates after the Creation of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine: A Necessary Catharsis

    The process of the formation of the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) at the initiative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (EP) caused strong reactions throughout the Orthodox world. Representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate (MP) warned that granting autocephaly to the Church in Ukraine—complete ecclesiastical independence—would generate a terrible schism, one that would rival the Great Schism of 1054.

  • 25 November 2019, 14:11 | Society-digest | 

    Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: Autocephaly, Legitimacy, and Unity in Ukrainian Church Life

    The decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (EP) to establish with the help of the contemporary Ukrainian authorities a new church in Ukraine, the “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” (OCU), and to grant autocephaly (independence) to this church, has had massive repercussions.

  • 25 November 2019, 14:00 | Society-digest | 

    Orthodoxy in Ukraine: Ecumenical and Theological Perspectives

    After the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople announced the decision to grant autocephaly (independence) to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) in October 2018, the broader Orthodox world has experienced what some have called the greatest Christian schism since the East-West division of 1054.

  • 6 November 2019, 16:19 | Society-digest | view photo | 

    Ukrainian Technological Society of Pittsburgh (UTS) Presents Its Annual 2019 Ukrainian of the Year Award to His Eminence Archbishop Daniel of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA

    On Saturday, November 2, 2019 the Ukrainian Technological Society of Pittsburgh (UTS) presented its Annual 2019 Ukrainian of the Year Award to His Eminence Archbishop Daniel of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, recognizing his leadership and accomplishments in service to the UOC of the USA and especially as Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarch in the negotiations that led to the historic granting of the Tomos of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

  • 24 October 2019, 10:34 | Society-digest | 

    DONBAS: Luhansk: Worship bans, clergy bans, punishments

    Worship is banned in all Protestant churches and Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Halls, as the unrecognised Luhansk People's Republic bans exercising freedom of religion or belief without permission.

  • 21 October 2019, 12:48 | Society-digest | 

    Ukrainian autocephaly and the Moscow Patriarchate

    How Russia’s religious hierarchs reject the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

  • 18 October 2019, 14:24 | Society-digest | 

    DONBAS: Luhansk: Community work, fines, property seizure

    A Baptist leader in Krasnodon hopes to overturn a punishment of 20 hours' community work when the case resumes at the Supreme Court in Luhansk on 21 October.

  • 30 September 2019, 15:01 | Society-digest | 

    Russia drives out last congregation of Ukraine church from Crimea

    Persecution against the last remaining major congregation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Russian-occupied Crimea has escalated, with the church closing its doors on Sept. 23, following a local court ruling that it must leave its cathedral.

  • 24 September 2019, 12:41 | Society-digest | 

    Moscow Patriarchate prefers enmity and unfair accusations

    Speech at the OSCE Conference in Warsaw

  • 9 September 2019, 22:19 | Society-digest | 

    Father Richard Soo: Is the church in Canada a sanctuary or target?

    As a priest, I’ve always felt safe in Canada — until one Sunday in August when our prayer meeting was surrounded by pro-Beijing protesters. We saw their big Communist flags going around the church and parking lot. It was a shock and it was scary. A journalist was surrounded, photographed and told they would upload her photo and get everyone to harass her.

  • 3 September 2019, 13:22 | Society-digest | 

    The bright and dark sides of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Church

    After 27 years of independence state-building process in Ukraine is still underway. However, despite the flaws of the reforming process, one could argue that there are several positive signs of improvement since the Revolution of Dignity – Association Agreement with the European Union; fighting against corruption; decentralization, etc.

  • 29 August 2019, 13:18 | Society-digest | view photo | 

    After 100-year battle, Ukraine wins independent church finally in 2019

    This year, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church broke away from Russia, 27 years after Ukraine won independence.

  • 26 August 2019, 16:34 | Monitoring

    In Lviv, a modest apartment is a shrine to the faith of martyrs

    The cobblestone streets of Lviv in Western Ukraine are quaint, but if one has to walk through them on a rainy day, it’s a challenge to keep one’s feet dry. The ages have made the stones uneven, and puddles form in the most inconvenient places. But because the old part of Lviv is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the cobblestone streets, which date from when this area was part of the Habsburg Empire, cannot be modified.

  • 22 August 2019, 14:21 | Monitoring

    I would entrust my own grandchildren to these volunteers in various fields of need

    Ten years of charitable work at St. John’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Newark have taught us many things, but most of all they have taught us to develop a close relationship with the volunteers that we work with, be they here in the United States or overseas. Close interaction gives rise to understanding and deep respect. I coordinate the St. John’s volunteer projects and periodically travel to Ukraine to visit those who help put into motion the dreams that we have for helping the less fortunate in Ukraine.

  • 15 August 2019, 12:03 | Society-digest | 

    Resolution on Ukrainian citizens illegally detained on the territory of the Russian Federation and in the occupied Crimea and Donbas

    As a result of Russian Federation occupying the Crimea and starting the war in Donbas several hundreds of people were imprisoned, mostly because of their public nonviolent activities.