Report: Religion in the Ukrainian Public Square – An Analysis of the EuroMaidan and Its Aftermath

Fr. Peter Galadza, Mr. George Weigel, Fr. Andriy Chirovsky

Fr. Peter Galadza, Mr. George Weigel, Fr. Andriy Chirovsky

Religion in the Ukrainian Public Square – An Analysis of the EuroMaidan and Its Aftermath
November 15, 2014
University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto

Organized by the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies

On November 15, 2014, the Sheptytsky Institute sponsored an all-day international conference at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. The conference was entitled “Religion in the Ukrainian Public Square: An Analysis of the EuroMaidan and Its Aftermath.” Observers have noted the prominence of religious figures and practices during the uprising that began in Kyiv last year. More striking was the thoroughly ecumenical and interfaith dimension of this religious presence. Orthodox of various jurisdictions, Roman and Greco-Catholics, Jews, Muslims and Protestants were all visible in one way or another on the EuroMaidan platform supporting the non-violent struggle against a corrupt, Kremlin backed government. The conference sponsored by the Sheptytsky Institute brought together scholars of Orthodox, Greco-Catholic, Roman Catholic and Jewish backgrounds, as well as a specialist on Islam, to analyze this phenomenon.

The highpoint of the conference was the lecture by renowned public scholar, George Weigel, the author of more than twenty books. Weigel is the famous biographer of Pope John Paul II, and a frequent commentator regarding Catholicism on network TV. He stressed the importance of Westerners learning from the Ukrainian Maidan, and conversely Ukrainians learning from the experience of the West.

 

Presentations:

 victor-video The EuroMaidan and Its Aftermath from the Perspective of the Muslims of Ukraine
Victor Ostapchuk, PhD
University of Toronto
 cyril-video An Analysis of the Response of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Kyivan Patriarchate to the EuroMaidan and Its Aftermath
Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun, PhD
Fellow, Yale University; and Former Head of External Relations, Ukrainian Orthodox Church, MP
 roman-video An Analysis of the Response of the Catholic Churches (Greco-Catholic and Roman Catholic) to the EuroMaidan and Its Aftermath
Deacon Roman Zaviyskyy, PhD
Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv
 igor-video An Analysis of the Response of the Jewish Community to the EuroMaidan and Its Aftermath
Igor Shchupak, PhD
“Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies –Dnipropetrovsk
 chirovsky-video Authentic and Vicarious Religion in the Public Square: The Case of the Ukrainian Diaspora
Mitr. Archpriest Andriy Chirovsky, SThD
Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, Saint Paul University, Ottawa
weigel-video3 The EuroMaidan: Some Ukrainian Lessons for the West, and Some Western Lessons for the New Ukraine
George Weigel
Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, DC; and author of almost twenty books
peter-slide-video Ukraine: A pilgrimage from fear to dignity
Slide presentation created by Bishop (Borys) Gudziak, Ukrainian Catholic University
Presented by Rev. Dr. Peter Galadza
panel Panel discussion and Q&A session following the conference.