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  • Ecumenism as a Peace Movement: The Case of Ukraine

    May 20, 2022
    7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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    While nations go to war, Christian churches can stand together to witness and work for peace. Cardinal Walter Kasper has called ecumenical dialogue a peace movement because it witnesses to and works for the reconciliation of all people made possible in Jesus Christ. At this event, participants will hear from three leading figures of different churches involved with the citizens, refugees and the grieving of Ukraine. One is the head of a Ukrainian Catholic Community in America (recently interviewed on CNN), another is known as the Peace Bishop for his work in peace-building, and another comes to us directly from Kyiv where he celebrates the eucharist and ministers to the war-torn every day. Our distinguished moderator, Dr. Sandra Collins, comes from the Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh. Join us IN PERSON for a sung Memorial Prayer Service, presentations, discussion and a reception at the DC Cathedral of the Orthodox Church in America (or join virtually from afar). RSVP below.

    Join us Friday, May 20, 2022, from 7 – 9:30 p.m. (with reception) at:
    St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral
    3500 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20003
    (open street parking available after 6:30)

    The speakers will be:


    Archbishop Borys Gudziak
    Archeparchy of Philadelphia, PA
    Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
    President, Ukrainian Catholic University, L’viv





    Bishop John Michael Botean
    Eparchy of St. George in Canton, OH,
    Romanian Greek Catholic Church;
    Co-patron Orientale Lumen Conferences





    Archpriest Andriy Dudchenko (live from Kyiv)
    Rector, Cathedral of the Transfiguration
    Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Kyiv
    Lecturer, Kyiv Orthodox Theological Academy





    Archpriest Allessandro Margheritino
    Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America, Long Island, New York
    Representative of Metropolitan Tikhon






    Moderater Dr. Sandra Collins, Professor of Sacred Scripture and Director of the online learning program of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA.





    A memorial prayer service (Panakhyda), that is shared by Orthodox and Eastern Catholics, will start the evening for those who have died in the war. There will be time for discussion, and a reception will follow. Participants will be invited to donate toward refugee and citizen ministries in Ukraine. Donations will be disbursed to church relief services by the Orientale Lumen Foundation.  DONATE DIRECTLY HERE.

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    Covid Protocols: Please wear masks during service, panel, and discussion. It is strongly recommended that you be vaccinated or test negative 48 hours before the event. 

    RSVP below. For additional questions, contact [email protected]


    St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral
    3500 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20003