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By Andrii Krawchuk, Thomas Bremer

This quantity explores the church buildings of Ukraine and their involvement within the contemporary circulate for social justice and dignity in the state. In November of 2013, electorate of Ukraine collected on Kyiv's primary sq. (Maidan) to protest opposed to a central authority that had reneged on its promise to signal a alternate contract with Europe. The Euromaidan protest incorporated participants of varied Christian church buildings in Ukraine, who stood jointly and demanded govt responsibility and nearer ties with Europe. In reaction, nation forces massacred over 100 unarmed civilians. The atrocity caused a fast series of occasions: the president fled the rustic, a provisional govt used to be installed position, and Russia annexed Crimea and intervened militarily in japanese Ukraine. An exam of Ukrainian church buildings’ involvement during this protest and the fall-out that it encouraged opens up different questions and discussions concerning the church buildings’ identification and function within the country’s tradition and its social and political background. quantity participants learn Ukrainian church buildings’ old improvement and singularity; their quest for autonomy; their lively involvement in id formation; their interpretations of the conflict and its explanations; and the trails they've got charted towards peace and team spirit.

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Ukrainian Greek Catholics are devoted to Rome as the center of Christian unity, but their affection is not blind. Ukrainians have been the victims of ecclesiastical power plays too often to acquiesce to Moscow’s arrogance, or to trust Constantinople’s diplomatic ambiguity, or to hold high hopes for Rome’s paternal protection. Thus, anti-establishment attitudes color the UGCC’s political and ecclesiastical ideas and action. Readiness for dissent, the ability to chart their own course, and a critical spirit are embedded in the Greek Catholic DNA.

These churches also have partial roots in the German settlers of the eighteenth century (these Germans were invited to settle in what was then the southern part of the Russian Empire). During World War II, most of these people were forced to move to other parts of the Soviet Union, but the tradition of their churches has been preserved. Over time, more and more ethnic Ukrainians joined these churches. An additional influx of Protestants came after the independence of Ukraine, when Pentecostal groups and missionaries from Western Europe and Northern America came and founded parishes in Ukraine.

53 “Being Greek Catholic:” Towards a New Vision I have presented a sympathetic account of the UGCC because there is an over-abundance of disinformation and biased judgments about Ukrainian Greek Catholics. Western Christians are only beginning to open their eyes to the unique value of the UGCC, and in theological and ecumenical spheres UKRAINIAN GREEK CATHOLICS, PAST AND PRESENT 37 progress has been slow. To be sure, there are some instances in which the old, biased paradigms have been overcome and a new understanding has been sought.

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