Society-digest

  • 3 December 2018, 10:21 | Monitoring

    CRIMEA: Up to 10 years' jail for Muslims, Jehovah's Witness?

    In "extremism" criminal cases opened by Russia's FSB in occupied Crimea, four Muslims face imminent trial, while Jehovah's Witness Sergei Filatov is under investigation. They face up to 10 years' jail. The Muslims "simply gathered in the local mosque to discuss religious questions", a lawyer stated. "We simply ask the authorities to respect our rights to meet together and read the Bible," Filatov told Forum 18.

  • 30 November 2018, 11:39 | Monitoring

    BBC interview with pro-Ukrainian autocephaly Metropolitan Sophroniy of Cherkasy and Kaniv

    Following this interview, President Poroshenko thanked Metropolitan Sophroniy with these words: “I would like to thank you for this very thorough, very frank, and masterful interview. It comes from a sincere religious man who loves Ukraine very much, who loves the Cherkasy region very much, who’s been building churches there and who takes into consideration the future of the Ukrainian Church, the future of the local Ukrainian autocephalous Orthodox Church. A big thank you for your hard work”.

  • 28 November 2018, 09:21 | Monitoring

    Kyiv orchestra brings mission to Texas on its 13th North American tour

    The mission of the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus is bigger than the music it will present Tuesday when the group performs at Trinity Episcopal Church in Longview, Texas. It aims is to use the sacred classics to introduce the gospel to the country of Ukraine and the world, and feed over 515 widows every week along the way. Much of the music the group performs is based around classical spiritual music by Bach and Beethoven, for instance, but there also are African and African-American spirituals.

  • 26 November 2018, 11:21 | Monitoring

    Ukrainians are among container ship seafarers served by Pacific Seafarers Mission at US's second-largest container port

    About 2,000 ships that can be as long as four football fields each, and carry 9,000 or more 40-foot containers, enter the Port of Long Beach every year, each vessel with fewer than 25 crew members. The crew, who have been 15 to 20 days crossing the Pacific from Asia, are in port less than 24 hours, and without visas or a chaperone trusted by the government, they must stay aboard ship.

  • 23 November 2018, 10:25 | Monitoring

    Russia uses collaborators for its plans to ‘nationalize’ property of the persecuted Crimean Tatar Mejlis

    The occupation authorities in Crimea appear to be planning to steal the property of the Mejlis, or self-governing body of the Crimean Tatar people, while describing this as ‘nationalization’. Russia is refusing to comply with a direct order from the UN’s International Court of Justice to withdraw its ban of the Mejlis, Instead it claims that a fake Qurultay, or national congress organized on 27 October by the Muftiate, which has chosen to collaborate with the Russian occupiers, speaks for the Crimean Tatar people.

  • 21 November 2018, 18:07 | Monitoring

    Reflections of an American from a pilgrimage to Ukraine organized by Mennonite Heritage Cruise

    Women in Odesa, Kherson, Zaporizhia, Dnipro and Kyiv adorn themselves in the colors and fragrances of happy gardens that belie Ukraine’s brutal history. Men without shirts in the villages of what had been the Mennonite colony of Molotschna greet busloads of camera-laden pilgrims with welcoming smiles and generous offerings of honey from their hives.

  • 19 November 2018, 11:21 | Society-digest | view photo | 

    Special agent Yurek: why Primate of Polish Orthodox Church opposes Ukrainian autocephaly

    A reputable Polish media outlet, Rzeczypospolità, has published a dissertation about the links between the Metropolitan of Warsaw and All Poland and other Orthodox hierarchs of the country with the Special Forces of the Polish People's Republic, from which it became known that Metropolitan Sawa of the Polish Orthodox Church is nobody else than a special agent Yurek.

  • 19 November 2018, 07:53 | Monitoring

    Churches in Eastern Ukraine become illegal after re-registrations denied

    There have been repeated raids on churches by the [so-called] Luhansk People's Republic. Authorities announced the ban of the “destructive activity of the extremist Ukrainian Union of Evangelical Churches”.

  • 16 November 2018, 08:16 | Monitoring

    Ukraine's Muslims gathered aid for over 150 foreigners and stateless in the Volyn temporary stay center

    More than 150 foreigner citizens and stateless persons in the Temporary Stay Center of the State Migration Service in Volyn region recently received aid from Ukrainian Muslims.

  • 15 November 2018, 13:04 | Monitoring

    Canada: Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Seminary moves to Edmonton

    The former Basilian House of Studies in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada was transformed into the newly relocated Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Seminary at a joyous opening and blessing on October 13.

  • 9 November 2018, 11:18 | Monitoring

    Tectonic Plates of Ecumenism Shifting Prompted by Tomos

    Rome. While Synod-2018 was trying to grasp the polyhedron-like character of “synodality” and wrestling with the differences among sexual inclination, sexual orientation, and sexual attraction, tectonic plates were shifting beneath the surface of world Christianity. Like similar shifts in geology, which can produce tsunamis and earthquakes, dramatic movement in the underlying structures of ecclesiastical life can lead to great historical consequences. The recent decision by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to grant autocephaly to a unified Ukrainian Orthodox Church—which would mean that church’s independence from the Russian Orthodox Moscow patriarchate—is precisely such a dramatic, tectonic shift, perhaps the greatest in Eastern Christianity since Constantinople and Rome formally severed full communion in 1054.

  • 7 November 2018, 08:45 | Monitoring

    UGCC Bishop Hlib Lonchyna in Australia: Patriarch Joseph will be remembered for unifying our church which now exists on all continents

    The Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Australia in Melbourne, under the leadership of Hania Polatajko, has organized another highly successful community information meeting.

  • 6 November 2018, 17:21 | Monitoring

    Russia uses Kerch mass killing for hate campaign against Jehovah’s Witnesses

    There seems no end to the uses that Russian state propaganda will make of the tragic mass killing in occupied Kerch on October 17. After falsely claiming that the suspected killer “looked like a Tatar”, Russian or Russian-controlled media continued to claim some kind of ‘Ukrainian link’ and even connect the massacre to ‘Right Sector’, the Ukrainian nationalist organization which Russia has demonized since early 2014. The latest target for what is essentially a hate campaign has become the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Although here too any link is pure speculation.

  • 5 November 2018, 18:45 | Monitoring

    Ukrainian and Indonesian Muslims to Cooperate More

    Alraid All-Ukrainian Association agreed on further cooperation with the largest and most authoritative Islamic organisation in Indonesia during its representatives’ visit to the Association's headquarters in Kyiv.

  • 31 October 2018, 11:45 | Monitoring

    Historic letter: Jerusalem patriarch had once rebuked Moscow patriarch over Kyiv

    It could have been written in today’s time, what with all that is currently going on in Ukraine, but the letter was in fact written over 300 years ago.

  • 29 October 2018, 07:58 | Monitoring

    DONBAS: Luhansk: Re-registration denials, raids, religious communities closed

    No Baptist, Seventh-day Adventist or Pentecostal communities gained the compulsory re-registration the self-declared Luhansk People's Republic demanded by 15 October. Adventists received registration denial "with great pain" and reluctantly halted all their activities, trying to avoid church property seizure. Catholics are still awaiting an answer.

  • 26 October 2018, 09:07 | Monitoring

    Founder of orthodoxia.info interviewed by Ukraine’s national news agency

    Journalist Andreas Loudaros has given an interview to Ukrinform, the official news agency of Ukraine, in which he discusses developments surrounding the country’s ecclesiastical issue as well as the possible ramifications its solution may have for world Orthodoxy.

  • 24 October 2018, 16:38 | Monitoring

    Chicago Sun-Times’ “The Grid” features historic churches in its Ukrainian Village profile

    This story on Ukrainian Village is one in a series by the Sun-Times focused on the interesting people and places in Chicago’s many neighborhoods, intended for locals and visitors alike in hopes that all will be inspired to explore our city. We have engaging videos and a comprehensive story – all curated by the Sun-Times audience team to help provide you with the most current and meaningful information about the important and best things to do in this and each neighborhood we visit.

  • 22 October 2018, 17:18 | Monitoring

    Kyiv. Teaching mission a success

    Arriving at the Charlotte Douglas Airport at 3:30 P.M. for a 6:30 P.M. flight to Munich, I flew all night landing there at 7 a.m. on Sept. 22. The layover was five hours, so we boarded at 12:30 p.m. and arrived at the Boryspil Airport in Kyiv at 3:30 p.m. As usual, I was met by my friend Vitaly Shulga, who took me to the Kyiv Regional Bible College which is on the same campus as Church of the Gospel, a Ukrainian Baptist Church in the suburb of Vyshneve, a growing city of about 100,000.

  • 22 October 2018, 15:25 | Society-digest | view video | 

    Turmoil In The Orthodox World: What's Going On?

    A Ukrainian Church -- that currently doesn’t even exist -- is about to change the Orthodox world. A higher authority in Constantinople is considering granting it independence. This move is angering the Russian Orthodox Church, which is threatening to break ties with the other churches.