The Future of Orthodox Christianity in Ukraine
Showing the The Future of Orthodox Christianity in Ukraine Video
December 4, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST
Location: Berkley Center Third Floor Conference Room Map
In October of 2018, the Orthodox Church’s Istanbul-based leader, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, announced that he will grant autocephaly (independence) to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which has been under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church. As religious tensions between the newly established Kiev Patriarchate and the Moscow Patriarchate develop, the future of the Orthodox Church remains uncertain. Panelists discussed the political, theological, historical, and geopolitical dimensions of these recent events in their commentary, as they assessed the current status and future opportunities for the church in Ukraine.
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University.
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Shaun Casey opens the event.
José Casanova describes Ukraine's adoption of the American model of religious plurality, rather than the European model.
George E. Demacopoulos notes that the autocephalous Orthodox churches have always reflected geopolitical realities.
Nadieszda Kizenko describes the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)'s strong Ukrainian national identity.
Aristotle Papanikolaou points to the ecclesiological question at the root of a theology of autocephaly.