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Ecumenical School for Dialogue 2022

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

4 July – 15 July 2022

English speaking online school for for those interested in theology, philosophy, humanities, politics, history and reconciliation.

Presented by the Institute of Ecumenical Studies at the Ukrainian Catholic University, ESD lasted for 12 days and consisted of online lectures, discussions, seminars, video-presentations and virtual excursions.

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.

Tasks of the School:

1. To study key political, social and religious processes happening in Ukraine and around the region;

2. To study the notions of truth, post-truth and fake-news, and their practical application in the ecumenical, social and political discourses; To discover the ecumenical value of justice, truth and dialogue, and importance of their common witnessing today;

3. To explore the ways in which propaganda works by constructing myths and fake-news that causes misunderstandings, tensions and conflicts in the communities;

4. To search for creative proposals in order to deal with the phenomenon of hybrid wars and cultivate an atmosphere with different levels of trust: between the Churches, societies and states;

5. To learn reconciliation and peacebuilding examples/projects in order to understand better the instruments which heal the memories;

6. To investigate the ecumenical situation in Ukraine, marked by the challenges of the inter-Orthodox unity, and its link to the creation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and the subsequent withdrawal of Russia from the official Catholic-Orthodox dialogue;

7. To study cases of populism and responsibility and their historical, religious and political consequences;

8. To investigate the inter-denominational experience of the 2014 Maidan Revolution (The revolution of Dignity), its ecumenical search for justice and truth, and its impact on the broader society;

9. To learn the Ukrainian Churches’ experience and their struggle for truth during Soviet period;

10. To foster an understanding of Ukraine and its neighbors, in order to understand Europe better, by observing insider perspectives.

The project is implemented with the support of the Mainz Diocese (Germany).