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.

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The second day of the Forum started with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. The common prayer was held in the ecumenical spirit: participants prayed for forgiveness, salvation and unity of the Orthodox, Catholics and Greek Catholics. The opening of the international conference “Heritage of the Second Vatican Council, in the spirit of Lumen gentium, Unitatis redintegratio and Orientalium Ecclesiarum” was held after the prayer. Special attention was paid to three decrees of the Council - Lumen gentium, Unitatis redintegratio and Orientalium Ecclesiarium, because they have an exceptional importance for the life of the Catholic Church in general and Eastern Catholics in particular. The attention was focused on the results of ecumenical dialogue that the Catholic Church started as a result of the adoption of these crucial documents, in particular activity of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches. At the end of the conference there was a presentation of the book “The documents of the Second Vatican Council”.
Since the beginning of the forum the key issue was personal responsibility of specialist as a key link in the development of socially responsible state. These issues in the context of media were considered on September 30th, 2014 during a round table “Mission in the profession: responsibility of the journalist to society”. Media experts stated the fact of the information war against Ukraine. Participants discussed the mechanisms of the protection of national media space from Russian propaganda, and provided recommendations regarding the improving the regulatory framework of Ukraine in the field of journalism.
The issue of charity in Ukraine has been an integral part of the Forum for seven years. On September 30th was held a charity gala dinner “Night against poverty” which brought together people concerned about the idea of overcoming poverty in Ukraine. The program of the event included an auction, an art installation - the life stories of homeless women and honouring the best volunteer initiatives. The event collected 84 thousand UAH for repairing the Centre of integral care for women in crisis. Also during the week, guests had the opportunity to visit the travelling photo exhibition “Charity through the prism of the lens”. The exhibition displayed 40 best works, which were chosen out of 550 photos, presented at the IV all-Ukrainian photo contest of the same name.
ESW was also full of socially significant events, namely the round table “Becoming a socially responsible society: the European experience, Ukrainian perspectives” was held on October 1st.The participants of the event during the fierce dispute discussed the activity of the public and charitable organisations, involving government institutions and local communities to resolving social problems.
After sessions all some persons visited Lviv Geriatric Home and House for orphans “Family House” Pokrova”. Employees of the establishments explained the guests the peculiarities of institutions and shared their work experience. Guests of the ESW had a chance to compare approaches to working with disadvantaged people of the state structure and the Christian community.
Round table “Civil responsibility in times of social transformation” was held on October 2nd. The participants discussed the responsibility of politicians, the role of the Church during the state crisis, the impact of the public sector on the formation of citizen responsibility, cooperation between church and army, etc. To sum up, the interdisciplinary nature of speeches showed that the issue of state-building is not only for politicians, but also for the clergy and society.
Theologians, religious scholars, clergy and lay people were able to attend the presentation of the book by Antoine Arjakovsky “Anticipating Orthodox council. Book II”, which took place on October 2nd. The relevance of the book is obvious, as the date of the “Orthodox council” has already been set - the days of Pentecost of 2016. The author writes about the importance of understanding Orthodox council, the role of ecumenism and ecumenical studies in the world, and also tries to find ways of inter-Christian dialogue.
Seminar of the Ukrainian Christian Academic Society “Memory, history, identity” was aimed to activate the ecumenical dialogue. During the event, representatives of Christian churches discussed the role of religion during the Revolution of dignity and substantiated Christian prerequisites for future social changes. Also, all members of the Ukrainian Christian Academic Society mentioned the urgent need to initiate an official Catholic-Orthodox dialogue.
The fourth day of the VII ESW finished with song prayer for Ukraine. The evening of sacred choral singing “Prayer for Ukraine” was held with the participation of four choirs that performed folk and spiritual songs at the Church of the Holy Eucharist.
Round table “Models of socialisation of disabled people from the experience of L'Arche communities” was held on October 3rd, 2014. The event was attended by leaders of the community “L'Arche” in Ukraine and abroad. They introduced the history of the organisation to the audience, shared their work experience towards the integration in society of people with mental disabilities, and discussed the possible prospects of their activities.
Work with youth is especially important for the organisers. For the first time during ESW was held a BarCamp on the topic: “Initiative youth: the requirement of time - the need of society”, which was attended by about 60 participants - students and representatives of youth organisations. The event was aimed at helping active young people to get organisational skills to participate in international grant projects, gain leadership skills, learn to work as a team and understand their own place and role in civil society.
Traditional fair of social organisations was held in Lviv on October 4th. 12 social organisations presented their activities to Lviv citizens. This event ended the 7th Ecumenical Social Week.