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Cardinal Kurt Koch had a meeting in Lviv with the Institute of Ecumenical Studies

The Head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch on 10 June visited the Ukrainian Catholic University and met with the employees of the Institute of Ecumenical Studies (IES). The meeting was attended by the Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Patriarch Sviatoslav, a representative of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Fr. Milan Zust, the Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Bishop Borys (Gudziak) and Vice Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Fr. Dr. Bohdan Prakh.

Dr. Dagmar Heller Emphasized Baptism as Bond of Unity

On April 9 DLMPES’ students took part in the online lecture with Dr. Dagmar Heller. She is a theologian of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), professor at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey and member of the Faith and Order Commission at the World Council of Churches. Dr. Dagmar came to Ukraine to visit the Institute of Ecumenical Studies and to have lectures for its students.

A Fresh Ecumenical View on Ecumenical Christian Ethics from the Part of the Young Asian Theologian

Kiyoshi Seko, a Japanese theologian and editor of the Asian Christian Review, is going to teach a course Ecumenical Christian Ethics next semester at Distance Learning Master’s Program in Ecumenical Studies. He would be a successor of Dr. Konrad Raiser who have been taught this course for several years at the program.

“The search for unity is an integral part of genuine Christian life”, says professor Taras Kurylets, who teaches a course entitled, “History of the Ecumenical Movement”

- You have been teaching at DLMPES and in Ukrainian Catholic University for many years. Could you compare your teaching experience in on-line and campus programs?

The biggest difference for me with online teaching is the absence of the visual contact between professor and students – it is a lack of the dynamic dimension where a student could ask a question during the lecture. I think that all distance programs must face similar challenges that need to be resolved. So, online teaching has its peculiar challenge within its mode communication with its students.

DLMPES is now accepting applications for the Fall, 2012 semester.

Distance Learning Master’s Program in Ecumenical Studies is now accepting applications for the Fall, 2012 semester. The first Application deadline finishes May 31, 2012 and applicants would be informed about the results on June 4.

Students began this week with the online lecture on the Ravenna document

On March 19, Fr. Laurent Cleenewerck had an online meeting with the students. Topic of the event was dedicated to the Ravenna Declaration, one of the fruits of the Catholic-Orthodox dialogue. The Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, held in Ravenna (Italy) on October 15, 2007, accepted the Joint Declaration on the nature of the Church. The document became one of the most successful steps in the Christian dialogue.

The Online Lecture on the Sourses of the Eastern Christian Tradition

On the seventh of March, Deacon Oleh Kindiy had online meeting with the DLMPES’ students within the bounds of the course Survey of the Eastern Christian Tradition. During the lecture professor Oleh had a presentation on the Sources of the Eastern Christian Theology: Worship, Tradition and Knowledge of God. All the students could take part in this internet meeting.

An Interconfessional Prayer For Christian Unity Was Held in Lviv

On January 24, an interconfessional prayer for Christian unity was held in the chapel of the Ukrainian Catholic University.

The organizer of the event was the Institute of Ecumenical Studies at the UCU.

The on-line lecture: reflecting on examples of holiness in different Christian traditions fosters ecumenical movement

On Tuesday, December 13 students of DLMPES had an opportunity to participate in the on-line lecture of Deacon Didier Rance, where they reflected how an example of saints and witnesses of faith could give hope for promoting ecumenical movement today.

Coordinator of the Distance Learning Master’s Program in Ecumenical Studies, Fr. Roman Fihas, participated in a conference devoted to the religious situation in Ukraine, in the Netherlands

On November 26 an old castle of Hernen (the Netherlands) hosted a conference "Church in Ukraine. The practice of faith, art, ecumenism and social responsibility".