A Conversation with Patriarch Filaret

September 19, 2018 - 3:30 pm

1030 15th St. NW
Washington, DC
Please join the Atlantic Council for an event entitled A Conversation with Patriarch Filaret, Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate, on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Atlantic Council headquarters (1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, West Tower Elevators, Washington, DC 20005).
The Kremlin has long used the Russian Orthodox Church as an instrument of influence in Ukraine. To combat this, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate) has been seeking to establish autocephaly, or official independence, from the Patriarch of Constantinople. Recent statements both from Kyiv and Constantinople suggest that the prospects for granting autocephaly are growing. If independence is granted, it will greatly strengthen the position of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Ukraine, and the Church will emerge as one of the two largest churches in the Orthodox world alongside the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). Given the current power of the Russian Orthodox Church, autocephaly would be an event of both geopolitical and religious importance.
Please join us for a conversation with Patriarch Filaret, Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, regarding the prospects for autocephaly and its significance.
We hope you can join us for this timely discussion.
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