The Role of Religion in the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (Room 1219 International Affairs Building)
Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program for a symposium entitled “The Role of Religion in the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict” featuring the following presentations:
Religion, Civilization Spheres, and Churches in the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict
Professor Frank E. Sysyn (University of Alberta, CIUS)
God on the Maidan versus Holy Corruption
Dr Cyril Hovorun (St Ignatios Academy/Stockholm School of Theology)
Moderator: V. Revd. Professor John A McGuckin. (Nielsen Professor of Church History. UTS / Professor of Byzantine Christian Studies Columbia University).
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Professor Sysyn’s talk will focus on the relationship of religion and churches to civilization spheres in Ukraine. It will deal with the revival of churches and religious affiliations in Ukraine since the fall of the Soviet Union. Attention will be paid to the religious pluralism in contemporary Ukraine in the context of the predominance of Orthodoxy (74% of the population). The competition among the three major contending Orthodox jurisdictions and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church will be discussed in relation to the secular and ecclesiastical politics of Moscow, Constantinople, and Rome. The religious dimension of Ukraine’s choice between the European Union and the Eurasian Union/Russian World will be addressed.
Dr Cyril Hovorun will explore the religious dimension of the neo-Soviet project promoted by the political regime in Russia. He calls this project ‘holy corruption’. He will pay particular attention to how it was implemented by the ousted President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and to its incarnation in the doctrine of the ‘Russian world’, which has inspired the war in the east of Ukraine. He will counterpose to the ‘holy corruption’ the ethical code of the civil society, that stems from the Maidan. His presentation will offer a religious hermeneutics of the Ukrainian ‘Revolution of dignity’.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information please contact Dr. Mark Andryczyk at 212-854-4697 or at