The International Public Forum "The 13th Ecumenical Social Week" initiated and organized by the Institute of Ecumenical Studies of the Ukrainian Catholic University, will start on October 7, 2020. Annually, this Forum offers an opportunity for gathering and dialogue between representatives belonging to various spheres of business, education, state, urban authorities, NGOs, civil society and different
religious denominations. The topic of the 13th ESW is "Hear the Cry of the Earth: Integrated Ecology in Action". The forum will last until October 10th.
The peculiarity of this years Ecumenical Social Week is that all the events will be held online through Zoom. A live broadcast will also be available on Facebook and YouTube. Therefore, it will be possible to join in real time and ask questions to the speakers from anywhere in the world.
Some speakers of the Forum include: Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on environmental issues, Dr. Jürgen Moltmann, world- renowned Eco-theologian, Dr. Volodymyr Sheremeta, Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Bureau on Environmental Issues, Dr. Svitlana Romanko, Managing Director at the International Organization for Ukraine - Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA), Dr. Zinoviy Svereda, Expert of the Ukrainian Co-operative
Alliance "Economy and Ecology - Together for Sustainable Development", Maria Sereti, Doctorant in Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in his address to the participants of the Forum said: “We are always delighted to learn of the shared concern and mutual efforts of the various ecumenical bodies in Ukraine, and of course especially the close cooperation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Catholic Church, in their vision for the transformation of the world and the benefit of all people. […] This year, due to the pandemic, the events of the Ecumenical Social Week will be held remotely. However, you should consider this, too, as another reflection and reminder of the vital spiritual 

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significance of pursuing closer communications and securing fraternal connections among our church confessions and communities”. Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in open discussions, seminars and round tables on "green" urban planning, biodiversity, climate, eco-journalism, the role of the Church and community in preserving the environment, eco-responsible business and eco-social work. At the end of the Forum there will be a presentation of a book for children on the topic of ecology and ecological poetry readings. In total, about twenty events are planned, in which more than 80 speakers will take part.

The registration deadline is October 6th. Please follow the link here:
The International Public Forum was organized in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Ukraine and with the assistance of the Lviv City Council. Renovabis is the partner of the Ukrainian Christian Academic Association.