Hasty and unadvisable decision. Open letter to the LCMS

We were surprised and outraged to learn that on July 30, 2023, at the convention of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, an agreement was signed on the altar and pulpit fellowship with the so-called "Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine". Our surprise was caused by the lack of clarity on the Church body the agreement had been signed with. ...


Bible Investigator

From June 26 to the 30, the congregation of Novohradkivka village hosted the first Ukrainian speaking camp in 22 seasons of its existence. We are very grateful to all volunteers and workers for their efforts and creativity to make our children happy. This year, the "Gloria" camp had an interesting theme. The idea of ​​a detective agency ...


The Synod and the conference for the presidents of Councils

According to the new edition of the Constitution of GELCU, congregations are represented at the Synod exclusively by the presidents of Councils. Therefore, it made sense to combine the regular Synod meeting and the conference for the presidents of congregations’ Councils. In total, the presidents of Councils (or legally approved proxy ...


Easter 2023

Kyiv, St. Catherine`s Kyiv, St. Matrin`s Kharkiv Odessa Shostka Berdyansk Krivoy Rog Poltava Vinnitsia Novogradkivka Petrodolynskoe Zhytomyr Bile Tserkva Kremenchug Zaporozhye Pidhaychiki, St. Andrew`s Reformed Church Zmiivka


Joint prayer for peace with German bishop during Odessa visit

Last week, the leading bishop of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany (VELKD), Ralf Meister, together with the executive director of the German National Committee of the Lutheran World Federation (GNK/LWB), Norbert Denecke, visited the congregation of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine (GELCU) in Odessa. Here they were ...


LWF expands operations in Kharkiv

Repair broken homes, supply relief goods, and care for traumatized people; these are the plans for the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) work in Kharkiv, Ukraine. On 11 March 2023, LWF Ukraine country representative Mark Mullan and LWF Ukraine response coordinator Josef Pfattner, together with Bishop Pavlo Shvarts of the German Evangelical Church ...


New preachers

In recent months, two people joined the ranks of GELCU ministers. On November 11, 2022, Maxim Perevoznyi was blessed for the ministry in the congregation “Salvation” in Shostka , and on February 19, 2023, Alexander Napreienko was blessed in the congregation of St. Martin in Kyiv. A preacher is a volunteer, who has been delegated the authority ...


It is difficult to process all that is happening

One year ago, the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine, causing death, destruction, and massive displacement. Congregations of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine (GELCU) have been providing aid to people affected in their congregations and beyond. In June 2022, GELCU became a member of the LWF. In this Voices of the Communion, ...


A prayer for the anniversary of the war

Almighty God, our Merciful Father!We turn to You in times of pain and suffering.A year of the war is over,but our country still suffers from unceasing pain and harrowing wounds.It was a year of loss and death.Have mercy on us, Lord! We beg You for peace.Not for peace on the terms of the tyrant,not for humiliating peace.We beg You for fair ...


Medical and psychological support for vulnerable people groups

On February 16-19, the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv held the first induction session of the one-year program "Medical and psychological support for people from vulnerable categories". The training is aimed at helping people in need of special care and attention. As part of the induction program, the participants met with organizations ...


The visit of the UCCRO delegation to the Vatican

On January 24-26, 2023, the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations delegation made an official visit to the Vatican. GELCU was represented by the president of the Synod Rev. Oleksandr Gross. On the first day of the visit, the delegates met with Paolo Ruffini, the prefect of the Dicastery for Communication. During the ...


Conference for ministers of GELCU in Radomyshl

A conference of GELCU ministers was held in Radomyshl on January 18-20. Maksym Perevozny (recently blessed for the preacher’s ministry in the “Salvation” congregation in Shostka) and Oleksandr Napreienko from the congregation of Saint Martin in Kyiv (soon to be blessed for a preaching ministry), attended the conference for the very first time. ...