• 28 April 2020, 11:19 | Society-digest | 

    Mounting religious persecution as Russia imposes monopoly on faith in occupied Crimea

    This year alone, three Crimean Imams have faced prosecution for praying in their own mosques, with Russia claiming this to be ‘unlawful missionary activity’. Serhiy Filatov, a Jehovah’s Witness from Dzhankoy is imprisoned, awaiting his appeal against a six-year prison sentence for having worshipped with others in his own home.

  • 29 March 2020, 11:36 | Society-digest | 

    The Orthodox Church & Social Teaching

    In January the Ecumenical Patriarchate approved a social document, titled For the Life of the World, that formulates guiding principles for the role of the Orthodox Church—and the responsibility of Orthodox Christians—in the modern world.

  • 13 March 2020, 13:15 | Society-digest | 

    Time to reject the myths of Andrei Sheptytsky – opinion

    At Sheptytsky’s request, many Jewish children were hidden away in various monasteries. Hiding people in the metropolitan’s palaces or monasteries put the lives of all those residents at risk.

  • 6 March 2020, 13:51 | Society-digest | view photo | 

    CRIMEA: "Unjustifiable to jail someone for reading the Bible"

    Jehovah's Witness Sergei Filatov was today sentenced to six years jail with an additional five years additional restrictions, and his co-believer Artyom Gerasimov was in a separate trial fined about two year's average salary. "I'm outraged, because it is unjustifiable to jail someone for reading the Bible," Filatov told Forum 18 before the sentence.

  • 2 March 2020, 13:00 | Society-digest | view photo | 

    CRIMEA: Six months in Russian prison punishment cell

    In January, Crimean Muslim prisoner of conscience Renat Suleimanov completed six months in Russian labour camp punishment cell for an alleged conflict with another prisoner. He was then transferred to the camp's strict section. Suleimanov's lawyer insists the accusation was fabricated to punish his client. On 3 and 5 March, verdicts are expected in criminal cases against Jehovah's Witnesses Artyom Gerasimov and Sergei Filatov

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.