The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Kharkiv

On January 14-16, prayer meetings devoted to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity were held in Kharkiv, in which Bishop Pavlo Shvarts of the GELCU, Bishop Pavlo Honcharuk, the Bishop Ordinary of the Kharkiv-Zaporizhzhia Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop Vasyl (Tuchapets), the head of the Kharkiv Exarchate of the Ukrainian of the ...


Christmas market in Odessa

From December 22 to 28, the Lutheran Church of St. Paul in Odessa held the traditional Christmas market was held. An intense cultural program with performances of professional and beginner musicians, a food court and stalls with Christmas decorations and handmade crafts awaited residents and visitors of Odessa. The exhibition "Material culture of ...


Christmas 2023

Odessa Kyiv, St. Catharine Kyiv, St. Martin Kharkov Zhytomyr Vinnytsia Bila Tserkva Zaporozhye Krivoy Rog Lviv Petrodolynskoe Novohradkovka Ivano-Frankivsk, Holy Trinity Reformed Church Pidhaychyky, St. Andrew Reformed Church


Ukraine: LWF and UNHCR renovate apartments in Kharkiv

Saltovka in Northern Kharkiv made headlines in 2022, when rockets fired by the Russian Federation hit residential areas, killing civilians and destroying hundreds of homes. The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) have launched a project to renovate some of these homes. After a successful pilot phase, ...


LWF Assembly`s Public Statement on the War Against Ukraine

As the Thirteenth Assembly of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) meets in the city of Kraków, Poland, it is keenly aware that there is a war going on in the neighboring country, Ukraine. The LWF Assembly condemns the brutal attack of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, which is contrary to international law. We are appalled by the ...


Thanksgiving Day 2023

Kyiv, St. Cathrine`s Kyiv, St. Martin Odesa Kharkiv Petrodolynske and Novohradkivka Zaporizhzhya Poltava Kremenchuk Berdiansk Vinnitsia Kryvyy Rih Zhytomyr Holy Trinity Reformed church (Ivano-Frankivsk) St. Andrew`s Reformed church (Pidhaychyky, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast)


Bishop Pavlo consecrated the regional humanitarian office of the LWF

On October 2, Bishop Pavlo Schwartz of GELCU consecrated the regional humanitarian office of the Lutheran World Federation in Kharkiv with a word and a prayer. Its employees are engaged in humanitarian projects in the city and region. In particular, with financial support from the United Nations and close cooperation with local self-government ...


First meeting of the ecumenical club

As part of the work to expand ecumenical ties in Odessa, on September 15, the first meeting of the ecumenical club of the Community of St. Paul was held. It consisted of a lecture “The Problem of Dehumanization and the Orthodox-Lutheran Dialogue”, which was given by a candidate of philosophical sciences, associate professor of the Faculty of ...


Nina Knutas was wounded in Zmiyivka

The Chairman of the Council of the Lutheran Community of the village of Zmievka and a member of the presidium of the Synod of GELCU, Nina Knutas, was injured by debris during shelling from the Russian occupation forces. At the hospital, the wreckage was removed and moderate barotrauma was diagnosed. Nina refused further hospitalization and was ...


Opening of the festival named after Teophil Richter

On Sunday, September 10, the opening of the XI festival of organ music named after Teophil Richter in St. Paul Lutheran church in Odessa. It was launched in 2012 and has been held annually, except last year. The festival is named after the organist of St. Paul's Church, who was shot by the Soviet authorities in 1941, the father of ...


Seminar on homiletics

On August 29-31, a homiletic (preaching) course seminar was held in the church center of the village of Petrodolynske for the ministers of GELCU. This course is designed both for experienced ministers of the Church and for those who are just planning to become a preacher During three days, the participants of the seminar discussed the key ...


Renewal of partnership with the House of Mercy

We would like to inform you about the restoration of partnership relations between GELCU and NGO "House of Mercy". The organization works with homeless people in Kyiv: maintains shelters for those without a home, and restores documents for further socialization. The newly appointed executive director is pastor Ihor Shemigon (third from the ...