Ecumenical council: vain expectations or the nearest reality?

2013-10-30 12:30

Co-reporters were the author’s colleagues, Candidate of Philosophy Konstyantyn Sihov and Rev. Mykhaylo Dymyd. The moderator was the chairman of the Lviv Stavropigion Fraternity of St Andrew the Apostle of UAOC Taras Dmytryk.

Professor Arjakovsky called for openness in dealing with the problems of separation: “It is important to get engaged and talk about ourselves, because it concerns us. As Francis Pope said we must speak the same language, not different ones.”

Konstantin Sihov compared the territorial distance between Lviv and Paris with a mission to convergence between faiths. The speaker drew attention to the disease of theorizing and qualified it as the reason why Orthodox council has not taken place yet.

Rev. Mykhaylo Dymyd emphasized that the chapter of the book that impressed him most of all was about understanding of the authority in the Orthodox Church. An apt thought was the maxim that people are separated not by fences but y different spiritual experiences. Therefore, we have to do fruitful work in this sphere.

One of the most interesting comments from the audience was the following: “Love your neighbor as yourself. This commandment has to be the most important. Then there will be no accidents and misunderstandings. Isn’t it so?” To what the author responded, in quite an literary way, comparing the three major world religions with the days of the week: Islam is Friday, which is faith, Judaism is Saturday, with is hope and Christianity is Sunday, which is love. The meaning of Christianity is the warmest attitude towards the neighbor, and certainly he agreed with the comment: this precept need to be fulfilled in the first place. 

After the presentation, the audience had the opportunity to buy the book and have an informal chat with the author. There were expressed hopes for a similar meeting in a few years and for the Orthodox Council to take place in the near future.

The Institute of Ecumenical Studies prepared the book for publication, having done the scholarly and theological editing.