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Can the church help bring peace to Ukraine?
World Mission staff hear from Ukrainian and Russian Christians

March 2015   Reformed Church in Transcarpathia a double minority—
a Protestant church in an Orthodox country and an ethnically Hungarian community in a Slavic nation

Support shown to Reformed church in Ukraine
A World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) Europe delegation on a solidarity visit to the Reformed Church in Transcarpathia in January 2015 was deeply impressed by the work of the church in the face of immense challenges.

ACT appeal: Ukraine: Emergency assistance to refugees from Eastern Ukraine in Russia & Ukraine
ACT member Russian Orthodox Church is planning to improve the health and hygiene situation of the refugees/IDPs, and psychosocial support for the most disadvantaged fleeing conflict in eastern Ukraine

The Reformed Church in Hungary calls for solidarity in Sub-Carpathia, Ukraine
Hungarian Reformed Church Aid Crisis Response Plan

Sept 2014   Ukraine is flowing with blood, say Ukrainian Greek-Catholic bishops, warning worse could come. They appeal to the international community to help restore peace in Ukraine.—Ecumenical News

The Reformed Church in Sub-Carpathia, Ukraine issues peace statement

60 religious leaders from Ukraine and Russia meet in Oslo
"A very good beginning, but not yet a breakthrough"

Remembering how it was when we were still brothers
How Russian Protestants are responding to the crisis in Ukraine

Background

The Christian community in Ukraine is present in more diverse ways than in any other nation of the former Soviet Union. That diversity spans Orthodox, Catholic, Reformed, Lutheran, Baptist and many other modern traditions. In this new era the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is engaged in a close mission partnership with the Reformed Church in Carpath–Ukraine, and relates to other growing Reformed denominations, as well as to the German Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists of the Ukraine.

The PC(USA) enjoys a special relationship with the Reformed Church of Carpath-Ukraine, a largely ethnic Hungarian community in the Transcarpathian region of western Ukraine. This rebuilding denomination has over 100 congregations in both village and city settings. A primary point of mission connection is outreach to the Roma people to share the Good News and to address the issues of discrimination, poverty, and social separation of the Roma.

The PC(USA) is actively involved in the Ukrainian ministry of Mission in Unity (MIU), a joint project of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the John Knox International Reformation Centre. Multiple Reformed and Presbyterian denominations are re-emerging in Ukraine. The focus of the MIU Project in Ukraine is to encourage cooperation between these denominations and to build healthy connections with church partners abroad.

There are many mission opportunities “to come alongside” our brothers and sisters in Christ in Ukraine as they emerge from almost 75 years of state-sponsored atheism, repression, exile and martyrdom. These mission opportunities include:

  • Support to orphanages
  • New church development
  • Ministry with Roma support for soup kitchens and bakeries
  • Enabling the work of the Mission in Unity Project
  • Specialized medical ministry
  • Training leaders for children’s ministry
  • Support for Ukrainian students in seminary

Partner church

The Reformed Church of the Carpath-Ukraine

Resources

Ten Days of Prayer and Thanksgiving for Roma, 2011
Ten Days of Prayer and Thanksgiving for Roma, 201
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Prayer and Thanksgiving for Roma 2013
Prayer and Thanksgiving for Roma 2014

Learn more about Ukraine

Visit the BBC country profile.

 

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