Public Webinars “Understanding the Laws and Morality of the War in Ukraine”

The Institute of Ecumenical Studies of the Ukrainian Catholic University in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Ukraine, invites you to attend the Public Webinars “Understanding the Laws and Morality of the War in Ukraine”, that will take place on June 21, July 27 and August 9 online. The speaker - Prof. Afonso Seixas Nunes, Society of Jesus, Saint Louis University.

 The event will be held with simultaneous interpreting: in Ukrainian and English.

Webinar themes:

June 21 at 6 pm in Kyiv:

I.              Understanding the rules of use of force. The prohibition of use of force and the morality
behind the international system. The UNC (United Nations Charter)

July 27 at 5 pm in Kyiv:

II.            Analysis of the Laws of War relevant in the Russian Federation - Ukraine Conflict. 

August 9 at 5 pm in Kyiv:

                     III. Reactions of the International Community.

Representatives of non-government organizations, lawyers, volunteers, military lawyers, chaplains, representatives of state institutions, sociologists, journalists are invited to attend.

Registration to all events

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International virtual conference "Catholic Peacebuilding in Times of Crisis: Hope for a Wounded World"

June 20-23, 2022

The Catholic Peacebuilding Network and the Institute of Ecumenical Studies invite to the international virtual conference "Catholic Peacebuilding in Times of Crisis: Hope for a Wounded World".

That the event is an international virtual conference.

Dates: June 20-23, 2022

Plenary sessions will be in English with simultaneous translation in Spanish and French. Breakout sessions will be in English, French, or Spanish, with simultaneous translation for select sessions.

Program and Registration

The world is emerging from an historic health crisis that has exacerbated existing conflicts, poverty, inequalities, polarization, and threats to the environment. While the pandemic led to unprecedented cooperation and heroic responses by many, it also exposed deficits in leadership and emboldened authoritarians, demagogues, and chauvinistic nationalists. Just as the world hopes to move beyond the pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens global peace in ways thought unimaginable when the pandemic began. The challenge to Catholic peacebuilders is clear: we must ensure that the post-pandemic return to “normal” does not look like the pre-pandemic status quo, or worse. That will require an integral and integrated approach to peace, development and ecology because the cry of war’s victims, the cry of the poor, and the cry of the earth rise as one (Laudato Si’, no. 49).

This conference will convene a wide range of Catholic peacebuilders – Church leaders, scholars, peacebuilding specialists and other practitioners – from around the world. It will allow participants to learn from their rich and diverse experiences in confronting challenges to peace around the world and help them discern new and creative ways to respond to the historic challenges to peace that we now face.

Religion and Politics in the Context of the War Against Ukraine

24-25 June 2022

Centre for Biblical Studies - Babeș-Bolyai University and the Institute of Ecumenical Studies invite to the online conference "Religion and Politics in the Context of the War Against Ukraine" 24-25 June 2022.

The conference explores the relationship between religion and politics in the context of the war against Ukraine. Theologians, historians and sociologists of religion from Ukraine as well as Greece, Hungary and Romania address the complex religious landscape of Ukraine, the way religious discourse is used to legitimise military invasion, as well as the importance of religion in coping with the war.

The conference will take place on Zoom (registration required).

The language of the conference is English.

𝟏𝟎.𝟎𝟎-𝟏𝟏.𝟎𝟎 𝐂𝐲𝐫𝐢𝐥 𝐇𝐎𝐕𝐎𝐑𝐔𝐍: 𝑶𝒓𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒅𝒐𝒙 𝑷𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒐𝒍𝒐𝒈𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑶𝒓𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒅𝒐𝒙 𝑫𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒔 𝑩𝒆𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒂𝒓 𝑨𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒆
Fr. Cyril Hovorun is professor of Ecclesiology, International Relations and Ecumenism at the University College Stockholm (Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm)
𝟏𝟏.𝟎𝟎-𝟏𝟐.𝟎𝟎 𝐓𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐚 𝐊𝐀𝐋𝐄𝐍𝐘𝐂𝐇𝐄𝐍𝐊𝐎: 𝑹𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒈𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒂𝒕 𝑾𝒂𝒓: 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒂𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝑷𝒐𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝑪𝒐𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒂𝒏 𝑪𝒂𝒔𝒆
Tetiana Kalenychenko is sociologist of religion and coordinator of Dialogue in Action initiative, European Center for Strategic Analytics, Kyiv / Bucha.
𝟏𝟑.𝟎𝟎-𝟏𝟒.𝟎𝟎 𝐏𝐚𝐯𝐥𝐨 𝐒𝐌𝐘𝐓𝐒𝐍𝐘𝐔𝐊: 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑷𝒐𝒔𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝑷𝒐𝒑𝒆 𝑭𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒊𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒂𝒏 𝑹𝒐𝒎𝒂𝒏 𝑪𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒄 𝑪𝒉𝒖𝒓𝒄𝒉 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝑹𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒂𝒓 𝑨𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒆
Pavlo Smytsnyuk is senior lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology and Director of the Institute of Ecumenical Studies of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv
𝟏𝟒.𝟎𝟎-𝟏𝟓.𝟎𝟎 𝐀𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐢 𝐁𝐀𝐁𝐘𝐍𝐒𝐊𝐘𝐈: 𝑪𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑮𝒓𝒆𝒆𝒌 𝑪𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒄 𝑪𝒉𝒖𝒓𝒄𝒉 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑪𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒙𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒂𝒓 𝑨𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒆
Anatolii Babynskyi is research fellow at the Institute of Church History, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv
𝟏𝟓.𝟎𝟎-𝟏𝟔.𝟎𝟎 𝑴𝒊𝒌𝒍ó𝒔 𝑴𝑰𝑻𝑹𝑶𝑽𝑰𝑻𝑺: 𝑷𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒂𝒓 𝑨𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝑯𝒖𝒏𝒈𝒂𝒓𝒚
Miklós Mitrovits is associate research fellow at the Research Centre for the Humanities (Institute of History) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest.
𝟏𝟎.𝟎𝟎-𝟏𝟎.𝟒𝟓 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐬 𝐊𝐀𝐑𝐀𝐊𝐎𝐋𝐈𝐒: 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝑶𝒓𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒅𝒐𝒙 𝑮𝒓𝒆𝒆𝒌-𝑺𝒑𝒆𝒂𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑪𝒉𝒖𝒓𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒔 𝑹𝒆𝒈𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒂𝒓 𝑨𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒆: 𝑨 𝑪𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝑷𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝑩𝒂𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝑹𝒐𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒔 13:1-7 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑱𝒐𝒉𝒏’𝒔 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏
Christos Karakolis is professor of New Testament at the Department of Theology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
𝟏𝟎.𝟓𝟎-𝟏𝟏.𝟒𝟓 𝐏𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐬 𝐊𝐀𝐋𝐀𝐈𝐓𝐙𝐈𝐃𝐈𝐒: 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒂𝒓 𝒊𝒏 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒆, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑫𝒆𝒄𝒍𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 “𝑹𝒖𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒂𝒏 𝑾𝒐𝒓𝒍𝒅” (𝑹𝒖𝒔𝒔𝒌𝒊𝒊 𝒎𝒊𝒓), 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑬𝒎𝒆𝒓𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝑵𝒆𝒘 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒐𝒍𝒐𝒈𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝑨𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒂 𝒊𝒏 𝑬𝒂𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒏 𝑶𝒓𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒅𝒐𝒙𝒚
Pantelis Kalaitzidis is Director of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies, Research Fellow at KU Leuven and Münster University, and member of the Executive Committee of the European Academy of Religion. He is one of the authors of the Declaration on the “Russian World” (Russkii mir)
𝟏𝟏.𝟓𝟎-𝟏𝟐.𝟑𝟓 𝐈𝐨𝐧𝐮𝐭 𝐁𝐈𝐋𝐈𝐔ȚĂ: 𝑷𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑹𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒈𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒊𝒏 𝑹𝒐𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒂. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒖𝒄𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝑵𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒕 𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒚 𝑨𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑪𝒍𝒆𝒓𝒈𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑰𝒔𝒔𝒖𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒂𝒓 𝑨𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒆
Ionuț Biliuță is researcher at the Gheorghe Șincai Institute for Socio-Human Research in Târgu Mureș. His research interests include the relationship between the Romanian Orthodox Church and the Legionary Movement in the interwar period.
𝟏𝟐.4𝟎-𝟏𝟑.4𝟎: Panel and conclusions


IES will hold online Ecumenical School for Dialogue on 4 July – 15 July 2022

Truth-telling and reconciliation in the context of religious, national and geopolitical conflicts

IES will run the second Ecumenical School for Dialogue 2022 "Truth-telling and reconciliation in the context of religious, national and geopolitical conflicts" online on 4 July – 15 July 2022.

The school is designed for those interested in theology, philosophy, humanities, politics, history and reconciliation.

ESD will last for 12 days and will consist of online lectures, discussions, seminars, and video-presentations.

Working language – English!

ESD offers 4 ECTS credits for participation at the school’s online events.

Goal of the School:

To gather a team of international students and young researchers interested in theology, ecumenism, philosophy, humanities, politics, history and reconciliation around the topic of truth-telling and peace-searching, in order to provide them with the instruments which would be useful in analyzing and acting in the contexts of prolonged religious, national and geopolitical conflicts.

Find out more information about ESD here

Call for Papers/Panels

15th Ecumenical Social Week, October 3-7, 2022

Call for Papers/Panels

International Forum 15th Ecumenical Social Week


October 3-7, 2022

Online (with a possibility to attend in Lviv)

(Institute of Ecumenical Studies of UCU, in partnership with Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung, German Lutheran Church and l’Institut Supérieur d’Etudes Œcuméniques (ISEO) de l’Institut Catholique de Paris)

The annual international forum “Ecumenical Social Week” (ESW) unites the resources of a community, authorities, mass media, social organizations, Churches, educators and youth organizations in an attempt to address relevant social issues, based on the common human values,  social teaching  of  the church and the sustainable development principles.

The event will take place mainly online, with a possibility to come to the venue, depending on the situation.

The working languages will be English, French, German and Ukrainian with a simultaneous interpretation.

Within the forum we want to explore and discuss various “facets” of human and community identity in the modern world. We will focus on several aspects, looking at them through the prism of interdisciplinary approach, and tackle  questions like:

- Identity in terms of war in the center of Europe

- Political and ideological identity: search for the way out of the crisis of populism, propaganda and social polarization

- Ethical and national identity: What challenges does Ukraine face under the circumstances of the recent independence, the war and the European dream?

- How can German unification, Balkan reconciliation, other examples become models for Ukraine in its attempts to unite the society around certain ideals?

- How do European countries undergo (form, support) their European, national and regional identity?

- Cultural identity, globalization and multiculturalism. How does migration (refugees and IDP’s) influence identity?

- Religious identity: To what extent does religious affiliation intersect with national and ideological identity? “Russian World” and other theo-political identities. 

- Identity of Ukrainian religious and ethnic groups

- How is religious identity intertwined with the approaches to liturgy, interpretation of the canon law, takes on bioethics and ecology

- Bible, Liturgy and Tradition as creators of identity

- Identity of the Ukrainian Orthodoxy: “Kyiv” and “Moscow” Church traditions in the lives of the Ukrainian Orthodox parishes; ecumenical openness of the Ukrainian Orthodoxy

- Identity of Eastern Catholics and UGCC in particular: Who are they–“Eastern Roman-Catholics”, or “the Orthodox in unity with the Holy See”?: searching for a better model of relationships with the Holy See and the Orthodox and Protestant brothers. Identity and Mission: assistance or obstacle for each other

- Cultural wars and religious universality. “Ideological Identity” (“right” and “left” in the Church, ideological approaches to reproduction, family and sexuality)

- Social class identity: How does poverty and well-being influence the identity and behavior of a person and groups of people.

- How to speak of Christian roots of Europe in a useful way?

- The role and impact of various social institutions on the formation of identity: How do mass media, family, education, Church and others influence identity and its preservation? etc.

Paper Proposals:

Submit abstracts for papers, (max. 350 words) and a short CV by July 1, 2022. The papers should last no more than 15 minutes. 


Submit proposals of panels or other events within the forum. You should include the following information:

-  Topic, duration and format of an event (round table, seminar, workshop, panel discussion, project presentation, book presentation, cultural and artistic events, webinar, showing a film and others.)

-   Target audience

-  Necessary technical equipment: a monitor, a projector, microphones, access to the internet, interpreting. Taking into consideration the limited number of technically-equipped spaces, we encourage the applicants to use their own laptops or tablets.

-    List of speakers and moderator (-s).

The maximum duration time of the event – 2 hours. You may not organize more than two events on different topics within the forum. One participant is not able to be a moderator and a speaker at the same event simultaneously.

Assuming that parallelly with the online option, we could hold the event off-line, please, confirm whether you are interested in coming to Lviv.

The Organizational Committee can reimburse the accommodation and travel expenses of the speakers on demand. We hope to be able to dispose of some funds to cover accomodation and travel expenses for some participants, please let us know if you need any support.

Please, send the event proposal description of not more than 500 words and a short CV by 1 July, 2022. We are grateful for receiving your proposals in advance.

Send your suggestions to Iryna Kitura ( with the letter subject – ESW paper or/and ESW event.

For more details, please email:

The New Mexico Pilgrimage for Unity 2022 will support IES' activity

The New Mexico Pilgrimage for Unity is committed to healing and building up the Body of Christ by providing opportunities for profound, shared spiritual experience and dialogue.

During the 2022 Pentecost Pilgrimage, donations will be collected for the Institute of Ecumenical Studies, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine.

Many good and charitable people are offering financial support to care for the physical, medical, and social needs of the Ukraine people. Our gifts are designated to support the mission of the Institute of Ecumenical Studies in Ukraine. It is our intention to strengthen their work, despite war, fear, trauma and instability. With our support, their goals, as shared by the Director of the Distance Learning Masters Program, Fr. Roman Fihas:

  • Continuing the Distance Learning Master’s Program, with the (international) students currently enrolled;
  • Developing all current courses with new material integrating ethical questions raised by a time of violence and strengthening the crucial practices of reconciliation and peace-building;
  • Responding to the challenge of humanitarian work by new programs to equip Christian communities to cooperate at the grass roots level.

More information about the initiative is here


Thank you for standing with us in these difficult but crucial times. God bless us all!

International Solidarity Meeting: Edmonton-Ukraine

Jun 2, 2022 09:00 AM in Edmonton

International Solidarity Meeting: Edmonton-Ukraine

Join us for a conversation with students and academics from Ukrainian Catholic University, hosted by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation in collaboration with the Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre (URDC) at MacEwan University.

Day/time: June 2, 9 am – 10:30 am (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) 6 pm – 7:30 pm (Ukraine)

Ukrainian Catholic University Speakers:

Dr Pavlo Smytsnyuk

Dr. Hryhoriy Seleschuk

Students Q+A (30 minutes)

Meeting Registration

Russia in Ukraine: What’s Religion Got to Do with It?

on Thu Apr 21, 2022

Online panel "Russia in Ukraine: What’s Religion Got to Do with It?"

 On Thursday, April 21 12:30 p.m. – 1: 30 p.m. ET (US)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly invoked religion in an effort to justify the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

How, specifically, has Putin used religion—and in particular, Russian Orthodox Christianity—in his rhetoric? To what extent has it helped him build support for the war? How do such actions fit into a larger global context where political leaders at times seek to instrumentalize religion for ostensibly secular ends? And how is religion helping to address the human cost of the war, as religious NGOs provide assistance for Ukrainian refugees?

Join us to hear insights from a panel of experts, who will discuss these questions.

Presented by the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and co-sponsored by the Catholic Peacebuilding Network and the University of Notre Dame’s World Religions World Church program.


  • Jose Casanova, Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University
  • Robert Crews, Professor of History, Stanford University
  • Annemarie Reilly, Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President for Strategy, Technology & Communications, Catholic Relief Services
  • Pavlo Smytsnyuk, Director, Institute of Ecumenical Studies, Ukrainian Catholic University


  • Charles Powell, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Multifaith Engagement, Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion

Originally published at

Pavlo Smytsnyuk will participate at the online panel discussion organized by the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy of the University of Toronto “The Churches and the Russian War on Ukraine”

Monday, March 21, 2022 — 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy of the University of Toronto organize online discussion "The Churches and the Russian War on Ukraine"

Monday, March 21, 2022 — 1:00PM - 2:00PM

This panel of scholars from war-torn Ukraine and from outside of Ukraine will examine some of the historic roots and modern religious dimensions of the Russian war on Ukraine. Themes will include the relations of the church to the state and the Ukrainian Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches’ pastoral and humanitarian responses to the war.


  • Jaroslav Skira Speaker Associate Professor of Historical Theology, Regis College, Toronto, Canada
  • Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun Speaker Professor in Ecclesiology, International Relations and Ecumenism, University College, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Nadieszda Kizenko Speaker Professor of History and Director of Religious Studies, State University of New York at Albany, USA
  • Pavlo Smytsnyuk Speaker Professor and Director, Institute of Ecumenical Studies, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine
  • Marta Dyczok Moderator Departments of History and Political Science, Western University, Canada

More details here

Ukraine-Latin America: International Solidarity Meeting

April 19, 2022

With the start of the full-scale Russian war against Ukraine, the UCU Institute of Ecumenical Studies, in collaboration with partners, coordinated by active UCU students, holds meetings for university communities, including students from around the world. During these zoom events, students of the Ukrainian Catholic University tell their peers about the war in Ukraine, through their own experiences, tell how today students abroad can help us to survive and win.

The initiative of such solidarity meetings was taken by our colleagues from Latin America, namely with UPAEP, and tomorrow another solidarity meeting will take place, in partnership with IES, UCU and Loevre D'Orient. In total, more than 700 people have taken part in previous events, from more than 25 countries.

The International Solidarity Meeting will be held online on April 19, 2022

19:00 (Kyiv GMT+3) / 11:00 (Mexico City GMT-6)

The meeting will be in English.


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