• 20 May 2019, 09:03 | Monitoring

    5 books with insight into Ukrainian-Jewish history

    There would be no modern Ukraine without Jews. And there would be no State of Israel without Ukraine.

  • 16 May 2019, 09:15 | Monitoring


    In the four months that have elapsed since the Ecumenical Patriarchate (EP) granted autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), the process of adjusting to the new situation has been challenging for both the OCU and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP). The OCU has been enduring the growing pains of stabilizing Church life after the unification council, while the UOC-MP has sought to sustain its inner unity and keep parishes from migrating to the new church.

  • 13 May 2019, 18:48 | Monitoring

    Respect among Muslim and Christian Chaplains will have positive impact on interconfessional dialogue, Mufti Said Ismagilov

    On April 18, the Kyiv Orthodox Theological Academy held a round table meeting on “Chaplaincy in the Context of Hybrid Conflict”. This event was attended by Said Ismagilov, the Mufti of Religious Administration of Muslims of Ukraine Ummah, Metropolitan Ioann (Yaremenko), Chairman of Military Clergy Synodal Directorate, Andrii Zelynskyi, Deputy Head of Military Chaplains Department of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Oleksandr Petrenko, Chaplain of Evangelical Christian Baptists Churches All-Ukrainian Union, Oleksandr Kovtach, Head of Military Chaplains Cooperation Department at Moral and Psychological Support Center of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr Izdebskyi, Head of Military Chaplains Service at the National Guards of Ukraine, Dmytro Tukalo, Chief of Chaplains Division at the State Border Service of Ukraine, Olha Vakuliuk-Lukashuk, psychologist at Women's Power of Ukraine NGO, Nataliia Didyk, psychologist and director of Women's Power of Ukraine NGO.

  • 10 May 2019, 16:12 | Monitoring

    Environment is Amanah, and Removing Trash from Road is Sadaqah: Muslims Joined Cleanups

    On 20 April, cleanups and tree-planting events were held all over Ukraine.

  • 7 May 2019, 08:06 | Monitoring

    In Donetsk, There Will Be Matzah Once Again

    News from the frontlines of eastern Ukraine’s five-year-old frozen war has long slipped from Western headlines, but for the people living in the region, daily reminders of the conflict’s existence abound. On the outskirts of Donetsk, a city of just under a million residents, the sounds of fighting—even the occasional mortar—can be heard, and though less frequent and nowhere near the ferocity it once was, it’s still there. Another reminder is the nightly military curfew, imposed by the government of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, requiring all individuals to be off the streets between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

  • 3 May 2019, 10:18 | Monitoring

    Crimean Tatars: ‘Religious persecution made us stronger and more united’

    Russia has been targeting the Tatars with illegal detentions and other threats, even forcing them out of Crimea, but the ethnic minority refuses to accept Moscow's sovereignty

  • 1 May 2019, 08:01 | Monitoring

    The wounds of division among the Orthodox pilgrims in Donbas

    The autocephalous "schism" was long overdue, since the beginning of the clashes, "since the illegality became the norm, to the point of reducing the Church to a bacchanal, but maybe it's good, so we can weed out the weeds". The intolerant radicalism of the Orthodox in the Donbass is a consequence of the profound rift that occurred between the people of these territories, who went through countries, families and churches, turning even their closest relatives into bitter enemies.

  • 26 April 2019, 06:53 | Monitoring

    Tangle of church and state roils Ukraine’s Orthodox parishes

    In the West, religious institutions and governments tend not to be closely aligned. But for Ukraine’s Orthodox churches, the relationship is far blurrier. And that is causing heated debates within the country’s parishes

  • 23 April 2019, 06:05 | Monitoring

    “Jews and the New Ukraine”: a seminal discussion in London

    Jewish communities have lived on the territory of contemporary Ukraine since the late ninth century, yet the Jewish-Ukrainian identity is a very recent phenomenon. Jews in Ukraine who previously self-identified as Soviet Jews or Russian Jews increasingly see themselves as Ukrainian Jews, particularly following the Euro-Maidan revolution of 2013-2014.

  • 20 April 2019, 07:24 | Monitoring

    Ukraine immigrant works on something new for Conservative Anabaptists — use of instruments in ways similar to other Christian worship

    The musical traditions of the conservative Anabaptist Christian churches are focused on four-part, acappella singing. Children are taught hymns early and master four-part harmony in their teens.

  • 18 April 2019, 12:12 | Monitoring

    Jehovah's Witnesses Detained, Targeted By Authorities In Crimea

    Russian-installed authorities in Crimea have detained several members of the Jehovah's Witnesses in the latest sign of a widening crackdown on the religious group.

  • 15 April 2019, 20:33 | Monitoring

    Ukrainian National Women’s League of America supports seminarians from Volyn, Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, some who served in volunteer battalions and in the Armed Forces of Ukraine

    According to its value statement, the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America (UNWLA) is guided by principles of Christian ethics, religious tolerance, political non-partisanship and universal respect for human rights. It is in keeping with these very values that the UNWLA announces its newest program: UNWLA Supports the Spiritual Rebirth of Ukraine. As part of this program, the UNWLA will be providing financial support to two educational institutions: the Three Saints Theological Seminary of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Volyn Theological Academy.

  • 12 April 2019, 22:05 | Monitoring

    DONBAS: Luhansk: Orthodox cathedral, more Protestant churches raided

    Officials of the unrecognised Luhansk People's Republic raided at least two Protestant Sunday worship meetings on 24 March. Courts chose not to punish two pastors. On 4 April, anti-"extremism" police raided the Ukrainian Orthodox Church's Holy Trinity Cathedral in Luhansk, diocesan offices and the homes of two priests. A police officer refused to say if further measures against the priests are planned.

  • 11 April 2019, 20:13 | Monitoring

    Ukrainian autocephaly process results in Constantinople reviving ancient ecclesiological ethos: participation of the entire people of God (clergy and laity) in Church’s decision-making process

    The CEMES foundation launched in mid-August 2018 a scholarly project, which examined the current Ukrainian crisis from a theological, historical and canonical perspective, always in relation to the triptych: Primacy-Conciliarity-Autocephaly. It was undertaken by its academic members, as well as the teaching staff of the inter-Orthodox post-graduate program from all Orthodox jurisdictions on “Orthodox Ecumenical Theology”, run by CEMES at the English-speaking International Hellenic University (IHU). The project’s final report provides at the end what measures at this specific situation seem feasible and necessary for the Orthodox unity.

  • 8 April 2019, 22:42 | Monitoring

    St. Sophia Ukrainian Catholic Parish is building a church in Sherwood Park, Alberta

    A project that began in the planning stages 15 years ago, St. Sophia Ukrainian Catholic Parish is building a church in Sherwood Park. The ground blessing/sod turning ceremony took place on-site on Sunday, July 8, 2018 and was presided over by Bishop David Motiuk, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton and Reverend Rendy Yackimec, Parish Priest of St. Sophia Parish. The construction site on Baseline Road and Range Road 224 is a busy place with a scheduled completion date in the Summer of 2019. With the assistance of Very Rev. Stephen Wojcichowsky, Vicar General of the Eparchy, the building design committee is hard at work choosing everything from flooring to chandeliers.

  • 5 April 2019, 16:14 | Monitoring

    New Mexico community of UOC of USA sees two ordained by Archbishop Daniel, hears about Tomos, asks about Church's service in Ukraine

    Having battled the snowy conditions of the Northern New Jersey, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel, accompanied by the seminarians of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary Subdeacon Ihor Protsak and Yaroslav Bilohan, with a slight delay arrived to El Paso, TX international airport and later in the day to Las Cruces, NM – the town that embraced the mission of St. Anthony of the Desert – a community of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. Archpastor’s arrival was scheduled way in advance, so the community might pray together and have enough time for social meetings with their bishop prior to the beginning of the Lenten journey.

  • 3 April 2019, 14:36 | Monitoring

    Protestant pastor arrested for ‘illegal worship’ in Russian-controlled Luhansk ‘republic’

    A Protestant pastor from Sverdlovsk has become the latest religious figure to be arrested in the self-proclaimed and Russian-controlled ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR]. Although Mykola [Nikolai] Muratov and several other people were released after being interrogated and held for many hours, they were forced to sign undertakings not to leave the area, and were clearly facing ‘prosecution’ for supposedly ‘illegal’ worship.

  • 1 April 2019, 20:32 | Monitoring

    Nostalgia for Eastern Europe among Yiddish-speaking Jews in the US in the 1920-30s, resulted in scores of songs about Eastern European cities

    With ith immigration from Europe largely cut off in 1924 and visits to the old country prohibitively expensive for most, a wave of nostalgia for Eastern Europe spread among Yiddish-speaking Jews in the United States in the 1920s and 1930s. One result of this longing was the creation of dozens, if not hundreds, of songs about various cities and towns across Eastern Europe.

  • 29 March 2019, 13:55 | Monitoring

    Monk's Eastern Catholic tonsure at Wisconsin monastery seen as hopeful sign for vocations

    ST. NAZIANZ, WISC. — A Divine Liturgy brought together four jurisdictions of Eastern-rite Catholic communities, as well as the local Latin-rite Catholic community, at St. Gregory Catholic Church in St. Nazianz.

  • 27 March 2019, 14:38 | Monitoring

    Research digs into Ukrainian Mennonites missing and murdered during Soviet era

    Among the lists of those disappeared during the dark times of the 1930s and ’40s in what is now Ukraine, research­ers have found roughly 400 pages of Mennonite names, with five or six names per page. That is just for Zaporizh­zhia province.