April 19, 2012

The Holy Land unites believers

The world we are living in gets more and more entangled in the web of real and fabricated contradictions, mutual offences and conflicts. The way out of this situation lies in the intercultural dialogue, tolerance and mutual respect of the representatives of different religions, confessions, social and ethnic and national groups. The politicians, public and religious figures, who realized the danger of the self-destruction way of hate and extremism, seek for the ways and possibilities for such dialogue. The project “Dialogue of cultures”, planned and implemented with the direct participation of the people’s deputy of Ukraine O.B. Feldman, ANKO “Ukraine”, the Institute of Human Rights and Prevention of Extremism and Xenophobia, serves to strengthen connections between religious, public and state organizations with the purpose of construction of the fairer global society based on the  universal moral standards and principles. In particular, within the framework on April 9-15, the forty seminarians of the Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic spiritual and educational institutions, All-Ukrainian Union of Churches of Evangelical Christian Baptists and the students of the Islamic University, the Ukrainian mass media journalists composed of the general delegation, carried out the trip to Israel, the Holy Land of three Abrahamic religions. The delegation included the best students of the Kyiv Christian University, Irpen Biblical Seminary, Lviv Holy Spirit Seminary, Kyiv Theological Academy and Seminary of the UOC. 

The trip included the visit of the sacred places in Bethlehem, Galilee, Jerusalem and round table discussion on “Kyiv-Jerusalem: the dialogue of religions against hate and extremism”. The visit of the Israel was best remembered for not only the hospitality, they were welcomed with on the Holy land, the interesting excursions, beauty and richness of the local nature, but for the live communication, attitude of comradeship and friendship, which bound young people, who will become the pastors in near future, as well. God grant that these warm relations unite all believers, all people of goodwill regardless of their religion or ethnicity.