In the Ukrainian Catholic University, on October the round table “The ecumenical dimension of social service” was held within the 6th Ecumenical Social Week. The event was held on the initiative of the Commission of the UGCC for Promoting Christian Unity and the Institute of Ecumenical Studies of the Ukrainian Catholic University.

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The participants of the round table – the President of the alliance “Ukraine without orphans” (Kyiv) Roman Korniyko, rector of the parish of St. Varvara UOC-MP (Kherson) Rev. Serhiy Dmitriev , head of the Social Affairs of the Patriarchal Curia of the UGCC (Kyiv) Rev. Andriy Nahirnyak , head of the UGCC for Promoting Christian Unity, Rev. Ihor Shaban – were looking for answers to the question what the ecumenical dimension of social service was, shared the experience of cooperation between churches and social organizations and offering concrete steps to address the issues of custody of orphans, prisoners , HIV-infected people and patients with tuberculosis in our country .

Rev. Serhiy Dmitriev shared his own experience of ecumenical collaboration to address social issues: “When we faced the social problems, we understood that we ourselves wouldn’t be able to cover the full range of work. We created a platform to which we invited social workers regardless of their belonging to a particular denomination, as long as people were professional in their field. And that was an ecumenical component.”