UOC-MP, UOC-KP & UAOC reps+officials discussed reuniting Ukrainian Church
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02/07/2013 thirty-eight past three p.m.
Uzhgorod: representatives of the UOC-MP, UOC-KP and UAOC along with officials discussed the program of reuniting Ukrainian Church
Round table "Ways of overcoming religious division and unification of the Churches in Ukraine" was held in Uzhgorod on June 27 with the blessing of the Primate of the UOC MP Metropolitan Volodymyr (Sabodan). The representatives of the UOC-MP, UOC-KP and UAOC, as well as government officials signed a joint resolution, which offered a program of restoration of church unity in Ukraine, said "Relіgіya in Ukraїnі" .
The round table was Uzhgorod Ukrainian Theological Academy UOC of Saints Cyril and Methodius and the Carpathian University Augustin Voloshin. UOC-MP at the round table were teachers Uzhgorod Academy, Volyn Theological Seminary of Theology of the University of St. Lugansk.Archangel Michael and the Kiev Theological Academy and Seminary. The state was represented by Head of nationalities and religions of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration Yuriy Guzinets and chairman of the committee on the preservation of the historical heritage and spirituality of the Public Council under the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration Marian Tokar.
After a series of presentations and discussion, the meeting adopted a resolution in which it noted that the presence of several major Orthodox Churches in Ukraine "is not conducive to spiritual and national unity of the Ukrainian nation, complicates the approval processes for Ukrainian statehood and harms the development of the Church of Christ in Ukraine."
In a resolution addressed to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, public authorities, higher education institutions and the media, the program contains a general vision of overcoming the schism in Ukrainian Orthodoxy.
The document begins with a detailed description of the "tradition of the Kiev font" that is Ukrainian identity of the Church, which, in the opinion of the participants, is the apostolic origin. Among the recommendations of the round table can distinguish the preparation of "scientific and theoretically study the historical and cultural unity of the Orthodox Churches in Ukraine" and the establishment on the basis of the International Academy of Theology "collegial permanent summit on ways to overcome the division of the Orthodox in Ukraine."
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