Society-digest

  • 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.

  • 19 October 2018, 11:26 | Monitoring

    “Grandchild” of the 700-year-old Chortitza oak, located in Ukraine, finds home at Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park in Nebraska, USA

    Hundreds of Mennonites migrated to Ukraine’s Chortitza region in the late 18th century. They were greeted by an oak tree – already hundreds of years old -- with twisting branches, thick foliage and generous shelter beneath its boughs – two acres, some say. The old tree, now called the Chortitza tree or “The Mighty Great Oak,” quickly became both a new settlers’ gathering place and a landmark for many travelers passing through.

  • 18 October 2018, 17:09 | Monitoring

    Orthodox church split just tip of Putin's crumbling 'soft power' in Ukraine

    The historic decision in Constantinople (Istanbul) at the synod of the Orthodox Church to grant Ukraine autocephaly (independence) from the Russian Orthodox church has geopolitical ramifications for Europe.

  • 17 October 2018, 17:33 | Society-digest | 

    Ukraine prelate says Orthodox independence is ‘affirmation of rights’

    This is part one of a Crux interview with Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Ukraine. Part two will be published shortly.

  • 17 October 2018, 08:33 | Monitoring

    Donetsk: Places of worship seized, sealed

    A Baptist Church in Novoazovsk is the latest place of worship known to have been confiscated by the rebel Donetsk People's Republic. Rebels are known to have earlier seized a Mosque, a Baptist Church and Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Halls. Rebel officials claim many were abandoned, but communities deny this.

  • 15 October 2018, 10:30 | Monitoring

    Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Convention in the USA elects new president

    With the theme Our Unchanging Christ, the Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Convention in the USA. held its 73rd annual conference in Levittown, Pa., during Labor Day weekend. Delegates gathered at the host church, Regeneration Ukrainian Baptist Church, and elected a new president, the Rev. Roman Kapran, pastor of the Slavic Baptist Mission Church in Newark, Del.

  • 9 October 2018, 12:45 | Monitoring

    Ukrainian Autocephaly and European Security

    Ukraine has inched close to achieving independence for its church. It may seem strange to some, but unfortunately by the fifth year of the war, a significant part of the Orthodox Christians in Ukraine remain under Moscow’s control. How do these matters of spirit influence the security of the region, and how does that reflect on international relations?

  • 8 October 2018, 14:32 | Monitoring

    Russia-Ukraine Tensions Set Up the Biggest Christian Schism Since 1054

    Vyacheslav Gorshkov, who teaches the catechism at a Kyiv cathedral, was among the majority of Orthodox Christians in Ukraine who had reconciled themselves to the fact that their church answers to the Russian Orthodox patriarch in Moscow. No longer.

  • 5 October 2018, 09:27 | Monitoring

    Baptist pastor finds calling in post-Holocaust cemeteries

    Steven Reece pulls a shield over his face, takes a weed whacker in hand, and begins trimming tall grass in an overgrown, tick-infested Jewish cemetery in western Ukraine where tombstones lie toppled and broken.

  • 4 October 2018, 11:41 | Society-digest | 

    The Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Church of Ukraine: The Documents Speak

    In the context of the study undertaken by the Ecumenical Patriarchate for the granting of the ecclesiastical status of autocephaly to Ukraine, various opinions have been formulated—even by representatives of official institutions—expressing misgiving about the canonical prerogative of the Church of Constantinople to proceed with such an act.

  • 3 October 2018, 08:45 | Monitoring

    Spiritual capital: why Ukraine is breaking from Russia’s Orthodox Church

    The Ukrainian government has promised its citizens a new, independent Orthodox Church that will unite Ukrainian believers. But bringing several denominations together is harder than you think.

  • 1 October 2018, 22:06 | Monitoring

    Artificial intelligence can now decipher 11th-century graffiti adorning the walls of St. Sophia’s Cathedral in Kyiv

    The gold-capped spires of St. Sophia’s Cathedral tower over the landscape of Ukraine’s capital as one of the city’s most significant historical sites. The 11th-century house of worship provides a monumental reminder of Kyiv’s spot at the crossroads of East and West, as well as surprising insights into the everyday lives of Kyiv’s residents: Some 300 pieces of medieval graffiti scrawled on its walls capture a community’s daydreams and worries, from a forlorn young woman’s hopes of attracting a male suitor to condemnations of thieves and sketches of cats.

  • 27 September 2018, 11:16 | Society-digest | 

    Preparations for independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church cause tensions

    The Ukrainian Orthodox Church seems on the verge of achieving independent status, a development straining ties between the Patriarchs of Constantinople and Moscow.

  • 18 September 2018, 11:39 | Monitoring

    Archbishop of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and Diaspora travels to Brazil to participate in local church anniversaries

    As the nation of Brazil prepared to celebrate 196th Anniversary of Independence, the Ukrainian Orthodox communities of South America: Brazil, Paraguay and Argentine entered into their own celebration, sharing the joy of historical legacy of Brazil with the Ukrainian-Brazilian community.

  • 17 September 2018, 12:54 | Monitoring

    Ontario,Canada-based Loads of Love Humanitarian Aid and Mission Society has been helping Ukrainian orphans for decades

    When Ed Dickson stepped into an orphanage in Dnipro, Ukraine 22 years ago, the “horrendous” conditions he said he witnessed pushed him to find ways to help the children. Decades after, they had three children win silver or bronze medals at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.