Ukrainian Orthodoxy and the Question of Autocephaly: Religious and Political Dimensions of the Conflict between Constantinople and Moscow

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Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
11 October 2018

In the wake of the 2014 Maidan revolution – the “revolution of dignity” – as Ukraine continues its movement towards greater democratic rule and closer relationships with its European neighbours, it has struggled with conflicts over Russia’s annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine. Part of this revolution of dignity has been a movement within the Ukrainian Orthodox Churches toward the establishment of an autocephalous (self-governed) Church in Ukraine.

At the same time, the Russian government has tried to assert the Moscow Patriarchate’s position in Ukraine, in part to advance its concept of a ’Russian World’ sphere of influence. With the decision of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to reassert its role as the Mother Church of the Orthodox of Ukraine, having the right to grant autocephaly, a confrontation has emerged affecting Orthodox Churches throughout the world.

This roundtable brings together scholars who will address various aspects of the history leading to the process of granting autocephaly to a new Ukrainian Orthodox Church; international inter-Orthodox relations and divisions; the challenges with the Russian Orthodox Church’s control over a segment of Ukrainian Orthodox Christians; and what a newly established autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church might look like.

Rev. Dr. Jaroslaw Buciora
Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Volodymyr (Toronto)

Dr. Frank Sysyn
Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

Anatolii Babynskyi
Journalist; Research Fellow, Sheptytsky Institute; PhD candidate, Ukrainian Catholic University

Dr. Jaroslav Skira
Acting Director, Sheptytsky Institute; Associate Professor, Regis College (in the UofT)

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