“Ubuntu” Ukrainian style – the long road to peace and reconciliation

Please, read the narrative report of our mini-conference ‘The Churches and the war in Ukraine. What do the Churches contribute to peace and reconciliation?’, which took place on 4 April 2015.
Report with links and additional information.
Photo’s @ Facebook.
Some first-hand impressions:
- talk of the so-called ‘Heavenly 100’ (victims of the Maidan protests) reveals an attempt at imposing a normative, religiously upgraded discourse about the new Ukraine which allows just little discussion if any. Consequently, the question was raised as to whether religious language does more to confuse than to clarify the Ukrainian conflict
- the disappointment about inter-Church solidarity is huge: the Vatican as well as the WCC have fallen short of their moral status by refusing to identify the main cause of the Ukrainian conflict (i.e. the Russian intervention)
- discussions about the ongoing propaganda war in the context of a lack of international solidarity lead (also at our meeting) to a somewhat quietist, suppressed attitude towards what the truth of the conflict is
- there exists no widely accepted or practical idea about what the new, democratic Ukraine should look like, which makes much discussion about reconciliation and the future of Ukraine rather ethereal
- a lot of sympathetic grass root initiatives have been developed over the last year or so
- nothing much is known about concrete initiatives in (separatist held) Eastern Ukraine.
This conference was organised by the Foundation Communicantes and the chair ‘Orthodoxy and Peace Building’ of the Protestant Theological University of the VU University Amsterdam.