Saturday, July 13, 2024

    Ukrainian clerics discuss religious freedom with Ambassador to U.S.

    As part of an advocacy visit to the United States, Ukrainian spiritual leaders met with the Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. to discuss critical issues of religious freedom and violations of the rights of believers in the occupied territories, emphasizing the role of the Ukrainian diaspora in advocacy initiatives.

    That’s according to Slovo pro Slovo.

    During the visit, the delegation spoke with Ambassador Oksana Markarova and other diplomats about the critical need to draw the attention of the American public to serious problems of religious freedom and gross violations of the rights of believers that are observed in the territories temporarily occupied by Russia. They emphasized the importance of involving the Ukrainian diaspora in media and advocacy activities.

    Representatives of Ukrainian churches in the USA, including pastors and bishops, shared information about initiatives and projects to support Ukraine organized by evangelical churches in various states.

    Bishop Viktor Prokhor from Washington State noted that the Ukrainian diaspora is closely cooperating with Ukraine in solving problems related to the freedom of people in the occupied territories, and that informing American lawmakers and general public about the situation is yielding positive results.

    It should be recalled that the UOC of the USA was granted Ukraine’s state awards for providing humanitarian aid. Also, the UOC of the USA honored the victims of the Holodomor and installed a memorial plaque in their honor.