Father Ioan and our friends who accompany you, welcome. During the Russian aggression, your initiative to visit is very important for us and the religious society of Ukraine. Spiritual support, discussion of current issues, invitation to the upcoming Congress of the World Council of Churches, etc. Since this is our first meeting at such a level and format, let me briefly describe the history and activities of the UCCRO
The Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations (UCCRO) was established in 1996 as an interdenominational institution, aiming to unite the efforts of various denominations to focus on the spiritual revival of Ukraine, coordination of interconfessional dialogue in Ukraine and abroad, participation in a legislative process on church-state issues, and the implementation of comprehensive charitable actions.
The Council of Churches operates on the basis of equality and equity of all members, respecting internal guidelines and traditions of all present religious organizations in Ukraine, operating within the law of Ukraine. The UCCRO is independent of Ukrainian government, political parties, and other non-governmental organizations.
As of June 2021, the UCCRO includes 15 churches and religious organizations and 1 interchurch organization: including Orthodox, Greek and Roman Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical churches as well as Jewish and Muslim religious unions. Thus, the Council of Churches represents more than 95% of all religious organizations in Ukraine.