Kyiv, Constantinople, Moscow: an Ecclesial Triangle

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Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Thursday, March 7, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM5 Elmsley Place (next to Brennan Hall on USMC Campus)
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In the Summer and Fall of 2018, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, who possesses a primacy of honour among Orthodox worldwide, announced that he would grant autocephaly—i.e. full self-governance—to Orthodoxy in Ukraine. The Russian Orthodox Church protested, and eventually broke communion with Constantinople. Around New Year, The Orthodox Church of Ukraine, as the autocephalous body is
officially known, was recognized by the Ecumenical Patriarch so that there are now two Orthodox Churches in the country, both claiming canonical status. The presentation will shed light on this complex theological, canonical, and political situation.

Thomas Bremer is professor of ecumenical theology and Eastern Christian studies at the University of Münster, Germany.
He is author or (co)editor of several books, among them, Eastern Orthodox Encounters of Identity and Otherness: Values, Self-
Reflection, Dialogue (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014) and Cross and Kremlin (Eerdmans, 2013), a short history of the Russian
Orthodox Church. His research focuses on ecumenical relations between Eastern and Western Churches, on Orthodoxy in
Russia, Ukraine, and in the Balkans, and on churches and politics in Eastern Europe.

For futher information on the event, please contact Dr. Brian Butcher:


Olga Kesarchuk


Thomas Bremer
Professor of ecumenical theology and Eastern Christian studies at the University of Munster, Germany

Main Sponsor

Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine


Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern European Christian Studies


University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto

Trinity College, University of Toronto

Orthodox School of Theology

Canadian Insitute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

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