• 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 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.