Society-digest

  • 10 August 2018, 10:02 | Monitoring

    Samaritan’s Purse beneficiary left Ukraine for USA, but her Christmas gift still brings joy to young girls there

    The gift in the shoebox was a Barbie doll. This particular Barbie traveled all the way from the United States to the Ukraine in a special gift shoebox to reach the hands and heart of a little girl living in Kyiv named Nadia Karnatova.

  • 8 August 2018, 18:16 | Monitoring

    DONBAS: Luhansk: Armed raids, worship bans, fines

    Armed men – often from the State Security Ministry or police of the self-declared Luhansk People's Republic – often raid religious communities, halt worship meetings and seize religious literature. Courts hand down fines of several weeks' average wages to punish "illegal" worship meetings. A further ban on unapproved worship is imminent.

  • 6 August 2018, 08:12 | Monitoring

    Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation gets access to potential Roman Catholic supporters on the West Coast

    Each summer since 2011, the Napa Institute has served as an important gathering place for American Catholic leaders seeking to develop new strategies and to discuss critical challenges facing the Church and its faithful. In past years, featured speakers have included Cardinals Timothy Dolan and Christoph Schonborn, papal biographer George Weigel, and presidential contenders Rick Santorum and Carly Fiorina.

  • 4 August 2018, 10:29 | Monitoring

    Bishop Peter Stasiuk of Melbourne: Soviet Persecution of Christianity

    One of the most sustained attacks on Christianity in history started with the Russian Revolution (1917) and continued until the collapse of the Soviet regime in 1991, – writes Bishop Peter Stasiuk in Church and Life.

  • 1 August 2018, 08:52 | Monitoring

    St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church in Brampton, Ontario recognized by 2018 North American Copper in Architecture award

    Fifteen projects across Canada and the United States were recognized for outstanding application of architectural copper and copper alloys at the 2018 North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) awards, presented by the Copper Development Association (CDA) and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA). The awards program celebrated a range of building types, including educational facilities, government buildings, and religious structures.

  • 30 July 2018, 10:25 | Monitoring

    Saskatoon hosting Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada's 100 year anniversary

    The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada on Monday July 23rd launched its year-long celebration of its 100th anniversary in the place where it was founded, at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Saskatoon.

  • 29 July 2018, 21:54 | Society-digest | 

    Asian American evangelicals, Eastern Catholics, and the question of uniatism

    The model minority is the racial version of uniatism. On its face, the mythos of the model minority is about the success of racial minorities, usually Asian Americans in current discourse, but also African Americans, Native Americans, and Latinx Americans too, if one were to be honest about what folks from Samuel Chapman Armstrong to Booker T. Washington to Richard Rodriguez have been about.

  • 29 July 2018, 21:46 | Kaleidoscope-digest | view photo | 

    Cathedral ‘built on perogies’ embraces its heritage

    Three Ukrainian iconographers have written elaborate new icons on the dome and ceiling of Holy Eucharist Cathedral. The works, officially unveiled July 14, reveal the community’s emphasis on a return to its roots.

  • 27 July 2018, 11:13 | Monitoring

    Like the Dreyfus Affair: innocent Jew released from prison in Ukraine

    A tragic story has come to a happy conclusion. Israel Repkin, a Jewish Ukrainian who had been imprisoned for years on false charges of attacking an elderly woman, was released from confinement recently. He won his release because the central witness in his case admitted to lying and framing Repkin after having been badly mistreated by the government.

  • 26 July 2018, 11:03 | Society-digest | 

    Georgian Orthodox Church: Whither the foreign policy role?

    Whether the GOC calls Russia’s bluff about potential effects of Ukraine’s autocephaly on worldwide Orthodoxy and against the pressure recognizes Ukraine’s religious autonomy will show the extent to which GOC is influenced by Georgia’s occupier state.

  • 25 July 2018, 10:38 | Monitoring

    Poland's Christian Migrants

    Poland’s government, along with much of Polish society, is in fact pro-immigration. What is true is that Poland eschews the policies of Western European multiculturalism—by encouraging immigration selectively, from countries with similar cultural values.

  • 23 July 2018, 14:41 | Monitoring

    US-funded Ad Gentes Ukraine Teaching Mission serves hundreds of Ukrainian Catholic University students

    In spending a month of the summer dedicated to English instruction, a team of 12 teaching volunteers from the United States went beyond language barriers or simply cultural exchange to improve language levels and English understanding in Lviv region.

  • 23 July 2018, 13:31 | Society-digest | 

    LB: Fifth element of Ukrainian autocephaly

    Perhaps few in Ukraine in the summer of 2018 need an explanation of what is a Tomos. Today it is almost a meme, of which, however, no average Ukrainians were aware just a couple of years ago. This is a historic act granting Ukraine and its Orthodox believers a legitimate canonical right to break away from Moscow's suffocating embrace.

  • 20 July 2018, 08:44 | Monitoring

    Meet the Jewish Ethiopian-Ukrainian singer staffing Birthright this summer

    Birthright is an educational NGO that sponsors free ten-day heritage trips to Israel for young adults of Jewish heritage, aged 18–32. During their trip, participants, most of whom are visiting Israel for the first time, are encouraged to discover new meaning in their personal Jewish identity and connection to Jewish history and culture.

  • 18 July 2018, 11:24 | Monitoring

    US bishop travels to Ukraine, sees projects supported by American funds

    Bishop Botean was representing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, which distributes funds from a national second collection, taken up Ash Wednesday in most U.S. dioceses.

  • 16 July 2018, 08:01 | Society-digest

    Members of three Texas churches travel to Ukraine to host Bible camps

    24 members from Sand Springs Baptist Church, Thrive Community Church and Old Bethel Baptist Church of Canton travelled to Ukraine to conduct eight Vacation Bible School (VBS) camps, four youth camps with softball activities and one adult VBS.

  • 13 July 2018, 07:26 | Society-digest | 

    2018 annual Baptist World Alliance resolution: enforcement of Lugansk People’s Republic law threatens the futures of 43 Baptist churches in the area

    Advocating for religious liberty in eastern Ukraine, protecting women and girls, and keeping immigrant families together were the focus of resolutions approved by the Baptist World Alliance General Council at the recently ended BWA annual meeting in Zurich, Switzerland.

  • 10 July 2018, 12:13 | Society-digest | 

    Ukraine wants a national church that is not beholden to Moscow

    Arguments over church authority could reopen centuries-old wounds

  • 5 July 2018, 10:59 | Society-digest | 

    New wave of religious persecution in occupied Donbas

    The only mosque still functioning in occupied Donetsk has been closed after a search and interrogation of the Imam and several believers. This raid, as well as allegations of ‘extremism’ made by representatives of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [‘DPR’], are disturbingly reminiscent of repressive measures against Muslims in Russian-occupied Crimea.

  • 4 July 2018, 13:42 | Society-digest | view video | 

    Christianity in Ukraine explained in 35 minutes by Right Rev. Dr. Andriy Chirovsky

    Part one of an interview with Right Rev. Dr. Andriy Chirovsky, Toronto, Canada, 29 June 2018.