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REBUILDING CIVIL SOCIETY: THE ROLE OF THE CHURCH. What is Civil society?. _______________________________ “un-coerced collective action around shared interests, purposes and values…” (The London School of Economics Centre for Civil Society). THE UKRAINIAN GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH IS:.

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what is civil society
What is Civil society?

_______________________________

“un-coerced collective action around shared interests, purposes and values…”

(The London School of Economics Centre for Civil Society)

the ukrainian greek catholic church is
THE UKRAINIAN GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH IS:

The largest Eastern rite Church within the Universal Catholic Church

ugcc today
UGCC Today:
  • Over 6 million faithful throughout the whole world
    • Over 4 million in Ukraine
    • Over 2 million in the diaspora
  • 29 Eparchies and Exarchates
  • 12 in Ukraine
  • 2 in Poland
  • 1 in France
  • 1 in Germany
  • 1 in Great Britain
  • 5 in Canada
  • 4 in the USA
  • 1 in Brazil
  • 1 in Argentina
  • 1in Australia
persecution and the underground church
PERSECUTION AND THE UNDERGROUND CHURCH
  • 1945:

Metropolitan Slipyi and other UGCC hierarchs arrested.

  • 1946:
  • The beginning of the Church’s underground era, which lasted 43 years.

Patriarchal Josef Slypyi

(1944-1984)

  • 1989:
  • Legalization and freedom for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Archbishop VolodymyrSterniuk,

Underground bishop – led the Church to freedom in 1989.

(1972-1991)

freedom and the realities of 1989
FREEDOM AND THE REALITIES OF 1989

4 000 000 faithful - ONE church building

20 years later
20 years later

Over 3,500 churches - 2,000 priests

three stages of development
THREE STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT

1989

1995

2002

2009

Parish level and Educational institutions

Eparchial level

National level

stage i first steps in freedom
Stage I: First steps in Freedom

1989

1995

2002

2009

  • Founding and registering parishes
  • Forming Seminaries
  • Founding theological-pedagogical institutions
  • Renewal of monasteries
stage ii strengthening eparchies
Stage II: Strengthening Eparchies

1989

1995

2002

2009

  • Setting up eparchial administrations
  • Development of key pastoral areas: Catechetics and Youth
  • The development of Charitable activity
stage iii developing the national level
Stage III: Developing the National Level

1989

1995

2002

2009

FORMING THE PATRIARCHAL CURIA

the tasks of the patriarchal curia
THE TASKS OF THE PATRIARCHAL CURIA
  • Serving the Head of the Church, the Synod of Bishops, and the eparchies.
  • Building cooperation with government agencies and other denominations
  • Representing the UGCC at International organizations and gatherings.
commission strategy
COMMISSION STRATEGY
  • Problem identification.
  • Analysis.
  • Taking action.
  • Making adjustments as necessary.
commission on national health
COMMISSION ON NATIONAL HEALTH

PROGRAM EXAMPLES:

Hospital Chaplains

Program: For a Sobor Way of Life.

COMMISSION STRATEGY:

Problem identification.

Analysis.

Taking action.

Making adjustments as necessary.

catechetical commission
CATECHETICAL COMMISSION

PROGRAM EXAMPLES:

Christian Ethics

Programs for Migrant Children and Youth.

COMMISSION STRATEGY:

Problem identification.

Analysis.

Taking action.

Making adjustments as necessary.

commission on migrants
COMMISSION ON MIGRANTS

PROGRAM EXAMPLES:

Research and Publications

Networking

Counseling Centers

Lobby on Migration

COMMISSION STRATEGY:

Problem identification.

Analysis.

Taking action.

Making adjustments as necessary.

prison ministry
PRISON MINISTRY

PROGRAM EXAMPLES:

Training for Chaplains and Volunteers.

Ecumenical and State Cooperation. 1st Ecumenical Pilgrimage to Zarvanytsya

COMMISSION STRATEGY:

Problem identification.

Analysis.

Taking action.

Making adjustments as necessary.

the church
THE CHURCH

An integral part of Ukrainian Society