In Lviv, on October 1, the forum ‘Diversity and Respect’ was officially opened in thesession hall of Lviv Regional Council. This is one of the biggest events of the 6th Ecumenical Social Week, which accumulated interesting thoughts of authority figures.

At the beginning of the event, the following people gave welcome addresses: Rev. Bohdan Prakh, Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Valeriy Pyatak, Deputy Head of Lviv Regional Council, Vasyl Kosiv, Deputy Mayor of Humanitarian Affairs, Oksana Yakovets , Deputy Chief of Social Welfare Department at Lviv Regional State Administration, Bohdan Morklyanyk, Vice President for Academic Work and Social Development at Lviv Polytechnic National University. Also, Cardianl Lyubomyr Husar sent his address to the participants of the 6th Ecumenical Social Week.

 

Before the opening of the 6th Ecumenical Social Week ‘Diversity and Respect,’ an ecumenical prayer took place on October 1, 2013 in St Archangel Mykhail Churh. The prayer was conducted by Bishop Venedykt, auxiliary bishop of Lviv Archeparchy of UGCC.

This year, the following people were praying along with Bishop Venedyct: special guest Archbishop Thomas Edward Gallikson, Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine, Rev. Rafail Strontsitskyi (UGCC), Rev. Vasyl Sahan (UAOC), Rev. Roman Fihas (UGCC), Rev. Taras Kohut (UGCC) and Rev. Oleksandr (RCC).

On the occasion of the opening of the 6th Ecumenical Social Week, the press conference ‘Diversity and Respect’ took place in Lviv City Council on 30 September, 2013. Co-organizers of the 6th ESWtell about the week’s aim, schedule, prospects and positive results.

Among the participants of the press conference were: Vasyl Kosiv, Deputy Mayor of Humanitarian Affairs; Oleksandr Maksymchuk, President of Ukraine’s Benefactors; Mariya Kandyba, coordinator of the 6th Ecumenical Social Week; Nina Hayduk , head of the Social Work Section, Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Work at Lviv Polytechnic National University; Andriy Khalyavka, Deputy Head, Head of Socio-Cultural Activities of the Department of Humanitarian Policy and External Affairs of Lviv Regional Council; Oksana Yakovets, Deputy Head of the Social Welfare Department at Lviv Regional State Administration. Anna Hrapenyuk moderated the event, a PR manager of the Institute of Ecumenical Studies, Ukrainian Catholic University and a coordinator of the 3rd All-Ukrainian competition ‘Reporters of Hope in Ukraine.’

According to a coordinator of the Ecumenical Social Week, Mariya Kandyba, ESW is a platform where interested people (representatives of NGOs and government agencies) can learn interesting ideas and develop them: “Our forum seeks to bring together representatives of different sectors of society to discuss and find solutions to urgent issues of today. The theme for the forum was chosen not incidentally, since during the 5th Ecumenical Social Week we proposed to continue interfaith dialogue on social development in order to overcome stereotypes and build a strong civil society.”