4th Ecumenical Week Begins in Lviv
On September 27, at the Lviv City Council, a press conference was held on the occasion of the opening of the 4th Ecumenical Social Week “Reforms Through Trust.”
This traditional autumn event is in a way an opportunity for representatives of various fields – the church, education, business and public sector – to meet.
This year’s event’s theme is “Reforms through Trust.” This national social forum is aimed to draw the attention to the public's contribution to the transformations.
The participants of the forum include experts from France, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Canada, Poland, Belarus, and Ukraine.
“Today, we are opening the 4th Ecumenical Social Week. Each year, it brings us together to deal with the current urgent questions. The ESW is special for its stress on ecumenicity, that is, the engagement of churches of various denominations in cooperation and activization of the public sector and authorities, use of the international experience of implementation of reforms in order to improve the future. We would like the reforms to be really implemented through the trust of the authorities for the people and the trust of the people for the authorities. ESW will probably become one of the steps toward finding common solutions both for the authorities and citizens,” noted the coordinator of the event, Iryna Kitura.
The week was organized by the Institute of Ecumenical Studies, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv City Council, Lviv Regional Council and Administration, National University Lviv Polytechnic. It is held this year with the assistance of Renovabis, the solidarity initiative of the German Catholics with people in Central and Eastern Europe.