Moscow Patriarchate, Roman Catholics, Armenians in Ukraine Unite for “Mother Earth”

(sourceOn the occasion of Environment Day Creator on September 13 at the Cultural Center of the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” was an environmental roundtable “Love Mother Earth”, which aimed to unite the efforts of churches to maintain cleanliness in our land, to increase the overall culture of people and educate cautious attitude towards nature, said , “Religion in Ukraine” with reference to the site of the UGCC .

With the blessing of the manager of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Archbishop Anthony of Boryspil (Pakanycha) in the forum attended the first rector of the Kiev Theological Academy and Seminary Archpriest Sergei Yuschyk.

At the beginning of the head of the UGCC for Christian unity, Fr. Ihor Shaban published the results of a pilot survey that Church together with the NGO “European Institute of Social Communication” held in three regional centers of Ukraine: Kiev, Donetsk and Odessa. The purpose of the survey was to identify people’s attitudes to environmental issues and to find ways of overcoming them. In addition, researchers have tried to find the place in the minds of residents of modern Ukrainian city ranks understanding of who is responsible for the preservation of the environment in their locality and what the role of this religious organizations. A more detailed analysis of the survey will be presented soon. then the round table participants addressed representatives of churches in Ukraine. Yes, Archbishop Lubomyr (Husar) stressed the important role of the Church in recognizing each person liable for its created by God, the Creator of the world. After only cherish and develop our inner ecology of the soul, we are more responsible attitude to nature that surrounds us. Accordingly, for the preservation of the world created by God above all necessary spiritual renaissance man. Archpriest Sergei Yuschyk, candidate of theology, the first rector of the Kiev Theological Academy and Seminary UOC (MP), drew attention to the teachings of the Church Fathers and the millennium, which did not hesitate to discuss environmental issues , pointing especially to nature as a gift from God. “Man has a duty to gentle care God created the world and take care of its proper development,” – said Fr. Sergei. Ms. Elena Oganesyan, spokeswoman Ukrainian Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, highlighted the historical features of ecological thinking in the Armenian history and its connection with the ancient Kievan Rus. It presents a multifaceted youth work in ecology. Pastor Ralph Huskies (German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine) spoke to members of the Roundtable on specific environmental steps his Church holds in Germany. listened main ideas representatives of the Church present at the roundtable began a lively youth discussion. Especially the organization of the debate was joined by representatives of the Kiev Society of Ukrainian students Catholics “renewal” and the Center for Academic Pastoral Kyiv Archeparchy. Heard many questions from the audience.People interested in the specific answers that the Church in Ukraine do to spread environmental thinking among the population and are important steps could be done in conjunction with all Christian denominations in this direction. Finally roundtable NGO activists, academics, journalists and employees of social institutions can continue to discuss in a more informal setting.