VII Ecumenical Social Week
"Responsibility of a Christian in Modern Society"
Lviv, September 29 - October 4, 2014

From September 29 to October 4, in Lviv was held the VII Ecumenical Social Week, initiated by the Institute of Ecumenical Studies. The Week was held with the support of the Ukrainian Catholic University, National University "Lviv Polytechnic", Lviv Regional State Administration, Lviv Regional Council and the Lviv City Council. Representatives of churches, NGOs, the media, politicians, scientists, educators and young people gathered at the Forum to discuss the challenges, which Ukrainian society is facing after the Revolution of Dignity, and in severe conditions of the Ukrainian state defense. The theme of this year's Forum - "Responsibility of a Christian in Modern Society." After the removal of authoritarian government, Ukrainian state defends its integrity and sovereignty at the war. Thousands of Ukrainians defend independence with weapons in their arms, residents of peaceful regions advocate the need to reform the state. In a difficult time of forming the new society, appears the necessity for every Ukrainian to realize their own responsibility before God, country and fellow citizens. The aim of the VII ESW was to declare principle of separation of responsibility for the future of the state between society and the selected power.
Feeling responsible for the fate of the Ukrainian state and trying to contribute to building a peaceful European space, the participants of the VII ESW appealed to the authorities, Churches, NGOs and all people of good will with this resolution:

The “7th Ecumenical Social Week “Responsibility of a Christian in modern society” was aimed at the development of social platform, where the authorities, NGOs, charity funds, media, Church and youth organisations jointly develop practical recommendations for the development of civil democratic society in Ukraine by bringing the best national and international experience. 24 events, including international conferences, round tables, seminars, workshops, books presentations, cultural and artistic events were conducted within the project.
Taking into consideration the current social and political situation in the country Council of Experts of the ESW initiated the discussion of the topic “Responsibility of a Christian in modern society”.
Academic Conference, which opened the Forum on September 29th, was designed to define the main priorities for discussions. Traditionally, the event began with the ecumenical prayer for peace in Ukraine. Great attention Experts paid to discussions of the state creating processes in Ukraine and also they discussed the role of the Church within the legal framework of the state. Another question for considering was the modern social and political situation in the east of Ukraine, where military operations are carried out.