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  • 13 February 2020, 16:04 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Decolonizing The Global Ukrainian Church

    Saying that this Church is my home is often considered contentious, mostly because I am not an ethnic Ukrainian. This contention, I find, is equally raised by some within the church. However they want to read my body, I am in this church.

  • 10 February 2020, 22:07 | Society-digest | 

    DONBAS: Donetsk: Raid, fine for unregistered worship meetings

    Security forces of the unrecognised Donetsk People's Republic raided Protestant Sunday morning worship on 19 January. They interrogated church leaders at the police station.

  • 10 February 2020, 12:48 | Society-digest | 

    Freedom of Religion or Belief and Security: New Policy Guidance from the OSCE

    This document is the product of extensive consultations with government officials, civil society organizations, religious or belief communities and academic experts.

  • 28 January 2020, 16:53 | Religious-digest | view photo | 

    Praying in Secret: What Ukraine's Underground Church Teaches Us Today

    In history classes across the United States, students are taught that the persecution of Christians was foundational to the independence of this country. But after almost a quarter millennium, the majority of evangelical Christians still believe Christians experience discrimination.

  • 16 January 2020, 10:01 | Society-digest | 

    Ukrainische Autokephalie als Sorge um die Menschen

    Seit der Unabhängigkeit der Ukraine galten die Gläubigen der „nicht kanonischen“ orthodoxen Kirchen als Christen zweiter Klasse und waren von der Weltorthodoxie getrennt. Die Verleihung der Autokephalie an die Orthodoxe Kirche der Ukraine hat diesen jahrzehntelangen Missstand beendet. Millionen ukrainischer Gläubiger sind nun wieder Teil der globalen Orthodoxie, zudem hat die Autokephalie die Wahlmöglichkeiten der Kirchgemeinden gestärkt.

  • 15 January 2020, 16:27 | Society-digest | 

    Israeli and Ukrainian media report fake anti-Semitic ‘pogrom’ in Ukraine

    On 11 January 2020, the Israeli publication Yeshiva World News posted a supposed news report under the shocking title “POGROM IN UMAN OVER SHABBOS: Ukrainian Thugs Attack Jews, 4 Evacuated To Hospitals”. There was no pogrom, yet within hours ‘the story’ had been repeated as though it were established fact by other Israeli, Ukrainian and Russian media. Very few have posted updated texts, explaining that the information had proven false, and some of those who reported the police statement debunking the claims still kept the same catchy – and misleading – titles.

  • 11 January 2020, 16:53 | Society-digest | 

    Clerics, Cossacks, and Kleptocrats: Journalist Exposes Moscow’s Fifth Column in Ukraine

    It is generally accepted that the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate is closely tied to the Russian government and, in exchange for its support, fulfills a range of tasks for its benefit.

  • 5 January 2020, 10:08 | Kaleidoscope-digest | view photo | 

    Carol of the Bells & the fight for national dignity. Lessons from the history of the Ukrainian National Republic

    For many, Carol of the Bells is an irreplaceable symbol of Christmas. Few know that not only is this originally a Ukrainian folksong, but a folksong that was performed one hundred years ago all over Europe and the Americas in Ukraine’s first-ever cultural diplomacy project.

  • 1 January 2020, 12:45 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    The Christmas mission of the youngest: how Ukrainian scouts bring Peace Light to soldiers on the front-line

    Every year before Christmas, Plastoons or Plastuns (Ukrainian scouts) disseminate the Peace Light of Bethlehem all over Ukraine. The fire is the symbol of peace, love, and unity.

  • 20 December 2019, 16:11 | Society-digest | view photo | 

    DONBAS: Luhansk: Gospel of John, Baptist books banned

    The unrecognised Luhansk People's Republic banned 12 Baptist books as "extremist", including an edition of the Gospel of John in the widely-used Russian Synodal translation.

  • 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.