Ecumenism as a Peace Movement: The Case of Ukraine

Washington, DC (and online)
May 20 @ 7 p.m. ET
Event Title
Ecumenism as a Peace Movement: The Case of Ukraine
When does it start?
05/20/2022 @ 7 p.m. ET
Event Host and/or Location
St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral 3500 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20003
What kind of event is it?
Panel Discussion
Event Details
Washington Theological Consortium Hosts May 20 Event Highlighting
Christian Churches Efforts in and for Ukraine
Public event features Orthodox and Greek Catholic leaders on ecumenical efforts to address the impacts of war and promote peace

The Washington Theological Consortium announces a Christian ecumenical gathering that will draw together theology and ministry faculty, students, and the general public to hear from leading figures of different churches involved with the citizens, refugees and the grieving of Ukraine.

The May 20 event will spotlight three church leaders:

  • Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, from the Archeparchy of Philadelphia. Archbishop Gudziak is also the President of Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv.
  • Bishop John Michael Botean of the Romanian Greek Catholic Church, from the Eparchy of St. George in Canton, Ohio. He is co-patron of the Orientale Lumen Conferences.
  • Archpriest Andriy Dudchenko of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the Rector of the Cathedral of the Transfiguration in Kyiv. He is also a Lecturer at Kyiv Orthodox Theological Academy. Archpriest Dudchenko will join the event virtually.

The moderator for the event is Dr. Sandra Collins, Professor of Sacred Scripture and Director of the online learning program of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh.

“While nations go to war, Christian churches can stand together to witness and work for peace,” said Dr. Larry Golemon, Executive Director of the Washington Theological Consortium. “Cardinal Walter Kasper has called ecumenical dialogue a peace movement because it witnesses to, and works for, the reconciliation of all people made possible in Jesus Christ. This gathering will bring together leaders from Ukraine who are close to the needs of their people during this tragic time, and who have made that witness their own.”

A memorial prayer service for those who have died in the war, known as a Panakhyda, will begin the evening. The Panakhyda is a form of prayer shared by Orthodox and Eastern Catholics. Following the presentations, there will be time for discussion, and a reception will follow. Participants will also be invited to donate toward refugee and citizen ministries in Ukraine.

The in-person event will take place at 7 p.m. ET at St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, 3500 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. There will also be an option for people to participate virtually.

Space at the in-person and online venues is limited, so advance registration is required for participants at Those attending in person are also asked to observe the following COVID-19 protocols: (1) Be up to date on your vaccinations or test negative 48 hours before the event, and (2) wear masks during the prayer service, panel presentations, and discussions.

Members of the media are encouraged to participate, and interviews with Dr. Golemon and the presenters are available upon request. Downloadable press materials, including biographies of the presenters can be found here.


About the Washington Theological Consortium
The Washington Theological Consortium is celebrating 50 years as a community of theological schools and partners from diverse traditions that pursue ecumenical dialogue, interfaith understanding, and educational collaboration to better equip clergy and laity for the ministry of the Church in a diverse society.

For more information, please contact Rev. Larry Golemon, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Washington Theological Consortium, at (202) 832-2675 or

Contact name
Larry Golemon