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Visit of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations chaired by the head of Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, His Beatitude Svyatoslav (Shevchuk), had a meeting with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who was in Ukraine paying an official visit on the occasion of 30 years’ anniversary of Independence restoration in Ukraine. ...

23.08.2021

Lutherans of Odessa returned to the St. Paul church

Congregation of St. Paul has finally gotten the opportunity to hold worship and other events in the church building. Unfortunately, fire security system had not been maintained and was not operational. The Church received an order, prohibiting any mass activities in the church building until the issue with fire security system is solved. A ...

15.08.2021

Eventful beginning of August at Azov seaside

In the beginning of August Berdiansk became a center of church life. 6 August 2021, our congregation in Berdiansk hosted a seminar for Sunday school teachers of German Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Ukraine. The workers of child centers and those, who plan to start ministry for children in congregations also participated. Participants of ...

11.08.2021

The bishop’s visit to Odesa

On the 1st of August, the bishop of GELCU Pavlo Shvarts visited the German Evangelical-Lutheran congregation of Odesa to conduct the church service with the Holy Communion and preside over the extraordinary meeting, called due to a crisis in the congregation. Since the church in Odesa is being renovated, the service was held in the hall of the ...

02.08.2021

De-occupation of GELCU

In international law, occupation is a situation, when a territory of a state or parts thereof come under the authority of hostile armed forces of another state. Occupation most often harms the occupied territory, as well as the rest of the country that remained independent, preventing it from using its own resources. The reverse process of ...

16.07.2021

What`s wrong with the interview of Rev. James Krikava?

On 24 June, Rev. James Krikava, the director for the Eurasia region of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Office of International Mission, gave an interview for the KFUO radio, sharing about his ministry. Among other things he mentioned Odessa as a location for running educational projects. From 21:50 Rev. Krikava told his listeners about ...

15.07.2021

GELCU ministers learning to lead support groups

On 1-3 June, the Bishop of GELCU and pastor Vladislav Tsekhanovych took part in the seminar organized by Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary (UETS): “8-step program for curating psychological support groups for adult people suffering bereavement”. Apart from theoretical basics and principles of the work with groups of adults who suffer ...

06.07.2021

The Church that serves

An annual South-East Europe regional group conference of Communion of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) was held from 22 to 24 of June 2021 in the framework of “Church and democracy” CPCE learning process. The topic of this years’ conference was “The Church that serves”. What is the task the Church faces in the time of pandemic (but not ...

01.07.2021

GELCU welcomes the new General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation

“Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else” Corinthians 9:13 The Lutheran World Federation Council has elected Estonian theologian Rev. Anne Burghardt as the ...

22.06.2021

GELCU Synod 2021

"Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful" (NIV Lk.6:36) This verse, chosen by the Moravian Brethren of Herrnhut as the watchword of 2021, was of crucial importance to a Synod meeting of German Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Ukraine held on 28-29 of May in the building of St. Catherine's Church in Kyiv. 13 of 23 GELCU congregations sent ...

30.05.2021

At the day of Pentecost 10 people joined congregations of GELCU

Pentecost is the day, when the Church commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the beginning of His active ministry. It is the perfect time for performing the rite of confirmation. Upon the completion of the Basics of Christian Faith learning course, believers solemnly and willfully affirm oaths given at their baptism by ...

25.05.2021

Prayer for peace in Kyiv

On May 19, Igor Shemigon, a pastor of St. Martin Evangelical-Lutheran congregation, took part in the traditional Prayer for peace – a monthly event, held by the Community of Sant'Egidio in Co-Cathedral of St. Alexander of Roman Catholic Church in Kiev. He was invited to read a sermon on the text in the book of Acts 6:1-7, which narrates a story ...

20.05.2021