The Role of Religion in the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict

Tuesday 24 November, 2015
4:15 - 6pm, $0

Columbia University, International Affairs
420 West 118 Street, Room 1219

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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.'

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