Author: Metropolitan of Kykkos and Tillyria Nikiforos, CyprusPublish On: 2021-07-01
This is essential reading for all Orthodox believers to better understand what the Ukrainian crisis means for the future of their Church.
Author: Metropolitan of Kykkos and Tillyria Nikiforos, Cyprus
Publisher: Holy Trinity Publications
This is essential reading for all Orthodox believers to better understand what the Ukrainian crisis means for the future of their Church. It will also assist others to see beyond the characterization of the crisis as a political event in the context of relations between Russia and the West. It makes clear that at its heart this is an ecclesiological dispute calling out for a conciliar solution. In the autumn of 2018 the Russian Orthodox Church broke communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople following the latter Synod's announcement of their intention to create an autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU). In December of that year a formal council was convened in Kiev and this new ecclesial body was created from two Ukrainian groups previously considered schismatic by all of the Orthodox churches worldwide. All of this transpired without any attempt by the Ecumenical Patriarchate to seek a consensus of all the Orthodox churches before embarking this course of action. More than two years later the newly created OCU remains unrecognised by the overwhelming majority of the world's Orthodox believers notwithstanding that it has in that time been been recognised as Orthodox by the Patriarchate of Alexandria and the Churches of Cyprus and Greece. But even this recognition has not been without significant dissenting voices. Among these is the Abbot of the renowned Kykkos monastery in Cyprus, Metropolitan Nikiforos. In this pithy text he eloquently explains why the actions of the Ecumenical Patriarchate have created a schism in the Orthodox Church worldwide and how in turn they reflect the promotion of a new ecclesiology that distorts the traditional understanding of the Orthodox Church as headed only by Christ Himself. He is clear that the only road to healing and unending schism is a return to a form of inter-Orthodox relations which respects both conciliarity and hierarchy. In doing this he stresses his utmost respect for the historical place of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the hope that it will turn back from the path it is currently on to resume its rightful place in the plurality of the Orthodox Church.
This volume explores the churches of Ukraine and their involvement in the recent movement for social justice and dignity within the country.
Author: Andrii Krawchuk
Category: Social Science
This volume explores the churches of Ukraine and their involvement in the recent movement for social justice and dignity within the country. In November of 2013, citizens of Ukraine gathered on Kyiv's central square (Maidan) to protest against a government that had reneged on its promise to sign a trade agreement with Europe. The Euromaidan protest included members of various Christian churches in Ukraine, who stood together and demanded government accountability and closer ties with Europe. In response, state forces massacred over one hundred unarmed civilians. The atrocity precipitated a rapid sequence of events: the president fled the country, a provisional government was put in place, and Russia annexed Crimea and intervened militarily in eastern Ukraine. An examination of Ukrainian churches’ involvement in this protest and the fall-out that it inspired opens up other questions and discussions about the churches’ identity and role in the country’s culture and its social and political history. Volume contributors examine Ukrainian churches’ historical development and singularity; their quest for autonomy; their active involvement in identity formation; their interpretations of the war and its causes; and the paths they have charted toward peace and unity.
Author: Nicholas E. DenysenkoPublish On: 2018-11-23
Ukrainian concerns on the global stage was the greatest benefit to the Canadian Church. ... Despite the ecclesial crisis posed by the divisions in Ukrainian ...
Author: Nicholas E. Denysenko
Publisher: Cornell University Press
The bitter separation of Ukraine's Orthodox churches is a microcosm of its societal strife. From 1917 onward, church leaders failed to agree on the church's mission in the twentieth century. The core issues of dispute were establishing independence from the Russian church and adopting Ukrainian as the language of worship. Decades of polemical exchanges and public statements by leaders of the separated churches contributed to the formation of their distinct identities and sharpened the friction amongst their respective supporters. In The Orthodox Church in Ukraine, Nicholas Denysenko provides a balanced and comprehensive analysis of this history from the early twentieth century to the present. Based on extensive archival research, Denysenko's study examines the dynamics of church and state that complicate attempts to restore an authentic Ukrainian religious identity in the contemporary Orthodox churches. An enhanced understanding of these separate identities and how they were forged could prove to be an important tool for resolving contemporary religious differences and revising ecclesial policies. This important study will be of interest to historians of the church, specialists of former Soviet countries, and general readers interested in the history of the Orthodox Church.
established their solidarity with the Ukrainian populace against the ... strong case for Christian leadership in the midst of the chaotic crisis in Ukraine.
Author: Lorenzo Zucca
Category: Political Science
The central focus of this collection of essays is the role and place of freedom of religion in the protection and promotion of world order. The volume offers competing models of world order from a global perspective and highlights the lack of consensus and considerable variety of practice and belief around the globe as to the definition of religious freedom and where and whether freedom of religion is regarded as the first freedom in the world. The leading theories of freedom of religion are discussed and provide an understanding of freedom of religion beyond the nation state. The liberal view at the global level is also examined and observations are included regarding the need to rethink secularism in the light of present circumstances and within the global context.
According to Russia's current political, as well as its religious, ideology, Ukraine has been part of 'Holy Russia' since the tenth century and has to be ...
Author: Gerhard Besier
Category: Political Science
Recent events in Ukraine and Russia and the subsequent incorporation of Crimea into the Russian state, with the support of some circles of inhabitants of the peninsula, have shown that the desire of people to belong to the Western part of Europe should not automatically be assumed. Discussing different perceptions of the Ukrainian-Russian war in neighbouring countries, this book offers an analysis of the conflicts and issues connected with the shifting of the border regions of Russia and Ukraine to show how ’material’ and ’psychological’ borders are never completely stable ideas. The contributors – historians, sociologists, anthropologists and political scientists from across Europe – use an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to explore the different national and transnational perceptions of a possible future role for Russia.
The research is very topical at least in the view of the current Ukrainian-Russian crisis. Analysing the relevant official documents of the Ukrainian ...
Author: Myroslava Rap
Publisher: Nomos Verlag
Category: Political Science
What do the division between the Orthodox Churches in Ukraine and the current Russian-Ukrainian crisis have in common? Analysing the relevant official documents of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church on reconciliation, the author traces how this Church comes to terms with the burdened pages of Ukrainian history and their repercussions for the current struggling of Ukraine on the way to democratisation. The relations between the Ukrainian Churches, the Polish-Ukrainian and the Russian-Ukrainian relations, the memory of the Jewish presence, and the national cohesion in the country according to the official Church pronouncements constitute the core of the book. An original research in which the reconciliation discourse of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church is for the first time analysed in a comprehensive way and brought in conversation with the theologies of Miroslav Volf, Robert Schreiter and John Paul Lederach.
... was a harbinger of crisis in relations between the two religious communities. ... II to Ukraine and his intervention in local ecclesiastical affairs, ...
Author: Serhii Plokhy
Publisher: OUP Oxford
The Ukrainian Cossacks, often compared in historical literature to the pirates of the Mediterranean and the frontiersmen of the American West, constituted one of the largest Cossack hosts in the European steppe borderland. They became famous as ferocious warriors, their fighting skills developed in their religious wars against the Tartars, Turks, Poles, and Russians. By and large the Cossacks were Orthodox Christians, and quite early in their history they adopted a religious ideology in their struggle against those of other faiths. Their acceptance of the Muscovite protectorate in 1654 was also influenced by their religious ideas. In this pioneering study, Serhii Plokhy examines the confessionalization of religious life in the early modern period, and shows how Cossack involvment in the religious struggle between Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicisim helped shape not only Ukrainian but also Russian and Polish cultural identities.
Author: Martha Bohachevsky-ChomiakPublish On: 2018-10
Within the ecclesiastical structure, the Philadelphia exarchate was under the ... which bred crisis upon crisis, and he was also concerned about the ...
Author: Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak
Category: Biography & Autobiography
"Based on archival sources on two continents, this book details the consolidation of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States through the life of the man primarily responsible for that achievement, Archbishop/Metropolitan Constantine Bohachevsky (1884-1961). It presents an integrated narrative of the Ukrainian Catholic church and its society in the first half of the 20th century"--
Theodore Dedon in the sixth chapter “Fr. John Long on Ukraine Between the Three Romes” looks at the work of a Fr. John Long, S.J., who engaged in ecumenical ...
Author: Vladimir Latinovic
Publisher: Springer Nature
Throughout their shared history, Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches have lived through a very complex and sometimes tense relationship –-not only theologically, but also politically. In most cases such relationships remain to this day; indeed, in some cases the tension has increased. In July 2019, scholars of both traditions gathered in Stuttgart, Germany, for an unprecedented conference devoted to exploring and overcoming the division between these churches. This book, the second in a two-volume set of the essays presented at the conference, explores the ecumenical and practical implications of the relationship between Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches. Like the conference, the volume brings together representatives of these Churches, as well as theologians from different geographical contexts where tensions are the greatest. The published essays represent the great achievements of the conference: willingness to engage in dialogue, general openness to new ideas, and opportunities to address difficult questions and heal inherited wounds.
The crisis of Orthodoxy in the Ukrainian lands led to a schism in the church. Part of the hierarchy, supported by nobles and burghers, opted for union with ...
Author: Ivan Katchanovski
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
The Historical Dictionary of Ukraine, Second Edition covers the history of Ukraine and its struggles through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 700 cross-referenced entries on population, geography, economy, politics, and culture; descriptions of institutions, cultural monuments, political parties, battles and wars; and biographical sketches of key individuals in politics, the arts and sciences, the church, and the military. This book is a vital reference tool for any researcher interested in the history of Ukraine.
But then, under the influence of Girolamo Savonarola's sermons, Trivolis experienced a crisis of faith which led him to renounce the “pagan” Renaissance.
Author: Martin C. Putna
Publisher: Charles University in Prague, Karolinum Press
An outspoken opponent of pro-Russian, authoritarian, and far-right streams in contemporary Czech society, Martin C. Putna received a great deal of media attention when he ironically dedicated the Czech edition of Russ–Ukraine–Russia to Miloš Zeman—the pro-Russian president of the Czech Republic. This sense of irony, combined with an extraordinary breadth of scholarly knowledge, infuses Putna’s book. Examining key points in Russian cultural and spiritual history, Russ–Ukraine–Russia is essential reading for those wishing to understand the current state of Russia and Ukraine—the so-called heir to an “alternative Russia.” Putna uses literary and artistic works to offer a rich analysis of Russia as a cultural and religious phenomenon: tracing its development from the arrival of the Greeks in prehistoric Crimea to its invasion by “little green men” in 2014; explaining the cultural importance in Russ of the Vikings as well as Pussy Riot; exploring central Russian figures from St. Vladimir the Great to Vladimir Putin. Unique in its postcolonial perspective, this is not merely a history of Russia or of Russian religion. This book presents Russia as a complex mesh of national, religious, and cultural (especially countercultural) traditions—with strong German, Mongol, Jewish, Catholic, Polish, and Lithuanian influences—a force responsible for creating what we identify as Eastern Europe.
Author: Alexander BasilevskyPublish On: 2016-03-28
No churches were built there nor were there any ecclesiastical observances, as was pointed out humorously in a Ukrainian folk song: The renowned lads, ...
Author: Alexander Basilevsky
As the Dark Ages enveloped Europe, a civilization was born on the banks of the Dnieper River. Rus--whose capital at Kiev surpassed in grandeur most cities of Europe--was home to the Ukrainian people, whose princes made war on Constantinople and established the city states of what would become Russia. The cities of Rus were destroyed by the Mongols, their remains falling to the Polish-Lithuanian kingdom. With the steppe restored to wilderness, the "kraina" borderlands of the hardy frontiersmen known as Cossacks--who in the 17th century destroyed powerful Polish, Lithuanian and Muscovite armies--gained Ukrainian independence and established a unique social order. Drawing on English, Ukrainian and French sources, this book chronicles the military and social origins of Ukraine and describes the differences between Ukraine and its neighbors. The author refutes the claim that Ukraine and Russia were once united in a common political system.
By May 1918 all of the territory of Ukraine was under the control of the Germans , making ... immersed in the ongoing ecclesial crisis of the local Church .
Author: Jaroslav Z. Skira
Publisher: Peeters Publishers
The articles on the church and ecumenism in this Festschrift celebrate Professor Fahey's contributions, accomplishments and gifts to the academy and the Church. They reflect his sensitivities and spirituality as a friend and pastor, his support for the many voices in the church, his engagement and mentoring of several generations of students and scholars, his demand for honest and critical scholarship, and his deep desire for a spirit of Christian unity among us all.
As the timing suggests , this was connected with the Russophilism crisis in the Ruthenian church . The erection of the eparchy was intended both to ...
Author: J.-P. Himka
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Using Soviet archival materials declassified in the 1980s, John-Paul Himka examines a period during which the Greek Catholic church in Galicia was involved in a protracted, and at times bitter, struggle to maintain its distinctive, historically developed rites and customs. He focuses on the way differing concepts of Rutherian nationality affected the perception and course of church affairs while showing the influence of local ecclesiastical matters on the development and acceptance of these divergent concepts of nationality. The implications and complications of the Galician imbroglio are engagingly explained in this latest addition to Himka's work on nationality in late nineteenth-century Galicia. His analysis of the relationship between the church and the national movement is a valuable addition to the study of religion and national movements in East Europe and beyond.
As the timing suggests , this was connected with the Russophilism crisis in the Ruthenian church . The erection of the eparchy was intended both to mollify ...
Author: John-Paul Himka
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Delves into recently declassified Soviet archival material to examine the Greek Catholic Church and the national movement in Galacia in the late 19th century, focusing on the way differing concepts of Rutherian nationality affected the perception and course of church affairs. Examines the influence of local ecclesiastical matters on the development and acceptance of divergent concepts of nationality, and explains implications and complications of the Greek Catholic Church's struggle to maintain it distinctive rites and customs. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR