It’s for the sixth time that the Ecumenical Social Week will be held in Lviv, entitled Diversity and Respect. The forum is scheduled for 1-5 October. ESW has become a traditional event of the autumn in Lviv, and this year again it will gather together international experts, representatives of the church, civil society, the media, politicians, educators, business leaders and government officials around the current issues and challenges.

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During the 6th Ecumenical Social Week, the participants will discuss the issues of diversity and respect in different areas of human life. The opening ceremony will begin with an ecumenical prayer for the unity of Christians and a plenary session, during which key issues of the forum will be outlined. Seminars, round tables, ecumenical visits, visits to social organizations, youth events, meeting in the spirit of Taizé, a fair and exhibition of social organizations, a concert featuring artists with disabilities and other fun activities are scheduled for the next four days. Speakers will cover various aspects of differences, including religious, social and cultural (2-3 October). The last day of sessions will be devoted to discussions on education of the young generation in the spirit of respect.


The honored guests of the event will be: Archbishop Thomas Edward Gallikson, Apostolic Nuncio, Erhard Busek, Vice-Chancellor of Austria (1991-1995), Wolf Dietrich Heim, Austrian Ambassador to Ukraine, Eric Tosati, Advisor for Culture and Cooperation of the Embassy of France in Ukraine, Mr. van der Sar, a specialist in education, organization Oikos, Netherlands, and others.

Representatives of various churches, social and civic organizations, charities, universities, students, youth associations, businesses, government agencies and other are invited to participate.





The Ecumenical Social Week (ESW) is a national social forum that seeks to bring together the resources of community, government, social organizations, churches, media and educators to solve urgent problems of society based on human values ​​and the Social Doctrine of the Church, thereby promoting ecumenical dialogue in the social field.

ESW in Ukraine is part of the international association of European Social Weeks, the Initiative of Christians for Europe (ICE). Since 2008, the Ecumenical Social Weeks has been held in Ukraine on the initiative of the Institute of Ecumenical Studies of UCU, with the support of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), Lviv Polytechnic National University, Lviv Regional State Administration, Lviv Regional Council, Lviv City Council, Orthodox, Greek Catholic, Roman Catholic and Protestant churches.