Books relevant to the History of Church in Ukraine.
|Sophia SENYK. A History of the Church in
Ukraine. Roma: Pontificio Istituto Orientale, 1993 (Orientalia Christiana
The first volume of the History of the Church in Ukraine is focused on the period from the ancient times to the late twelfth century.
Iaroslav ISAIEVYCH "Zv'iazky bratstv z zaporiz'kym kozatstvom" [Contacts of Church Confratrnities with the Zaporozhian Cossacks, in Ukrainian], in Iaroslav Isaievych, Ukraina Davnia i Nova, Lviv, 1996, 105 - 113.
The original version of this article was first published in the collection Seredni viky na Ukraini ( Kyiv 1973, 2, .149-153) which was banned by Soviet censorship.
It can be assumed that the cultural activities of Orthodox church confraternities influenced those Cossack leaders who played an important role in the shaping of the political program of the Zaporozhian Host. The contacts between confraternities and the Host were especially active when Ivan Borets'kyi was the spiritual leader of the Kiev Epiphany Confraternity and Petro Konashevych Sahaidachnyi was the Hetman of the Zaporozhian Host. The Hetman declared that the entire Host was joining the Kiev Confraternity . This was an act aimed at defending the Confraternity from possible repression. The cooperation of the Confraternity with the Cossack leaders helped to re-install the hierarchy of the Kiev Orthodox Metropolitanate. This was a major step towards the consolidation of the Ukrainian national forces.
In his testament written in 1622, several days before his death, Hetman Sahaidachnyi bequested 1500 zloty and his gown to the school of the Lviv Confraternity and established an endowment for the sustenance of a professor of Greek.
Hetmans Ivan Vyhovs'kyi and Pavlo Teteria already after completing their stay in office inscribed themselves to the list of members of the Lviv Stauropegion Confraternity. Some members of this Confraternity rendered diplomatic services to Ukrainian hetmans.
Borys A. GUDZIAK. Crisis and Reform. The Kyivan Metropolitan, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the Genesis of the Union of Brest. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, 1998.. 489 pp.
The author analyzes the movement of spiritual and cultural reform in the Kyivan Metropolinate in light of its traditional relationship with the Great Church of Constantinople and in the face of the vibrant challenges presented by the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Reform movement and in the broader European context. He investigates how faith, culture, and politics were intertwined in the decisions that faced the lay and clerical leadership in Ukraine and Belarus' in the period before the Church Union.
Arkadii ZHUKOVS'KYI. Petro Mohyla i pytannia iednosty tserkov. Kyiv, vydavnytstvo 'Mystetstvo", 1997, 304 pp.
[ Petro Mohyla and the Problem of the Unity of Churches]
Petro Mohyla (1596-1647), the Orthodox Metropolitan of Kyiv since 1633 saw the church union as attempts of collaboration of different churches who acknowledge the dogmas and the fundamental principles as well as the authority of Church leaders of both Eastern and Western churches, retaining their authocepalous status. He favored the idea of Ukrainian Patriarchy.
Ukraine - Church History - 1861-1914
Jean B. NEVEUS . Clericalisme et anticlericalisme en Galicie autonome 1861-1914. - Etudes Danubiennes [France]. 1994. 10(2): 117-138.
Religious communities in the Habsburg crown land of Galicia. The role of rationalist, socialist, and nationalist ideologies which variously attempted to oppose, undermine, or ally themselves with the established churches.
Andrii KRAWCHUK . Christian Social Ethics in Ukraine. The Legacy of Andrei Sheptytsky. Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press, Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastem Christian Studies, and the Basilian Press. -Edmonton-Ottawa-Toronto. 1997. 404 pp.
Andrei Sheptytsky (1865-1944), who headed the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Galicia for almost half a century, was not only an outstanding ecclesiastical, cultural and civic leader, but also a thinker and writer of distinction. He applied key principles of Christian social ethics to such issues as patriotism, inter-ethnic and church-state relations, the ideal of church unity, Soviet communism, nationalism, religious liberty, ideological atheism, and Nazism.
Sheptytsky promoted a vision of human life that was grounded in the practical wisdom of both Eastern and Western Christendom. Andrii Krawchuk offers the first comprehensive, scholarly study of this complex sphere of Metropolitan Sheptytsky's thought and activity.
Bohdan R. BOCIURKIW. The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and the Soviet State (1939-1950).
The author analyzes Soviet policy towards the Church from the first occupation of Galicia by the Red Army in 1939 through the liquidation of the visible structures of the Greek Catholic Church in Galicia and Transcarpathia in the mid and late 1940s. The study shows what Soviet authorities sought to achieve through their policy toward the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church.