A representatives of the UGCC took part in an international conference of commanders of military chaplains

Monday, 16 February 2009, 20:07
From 1 to 6 February 2009, in South Africa, an international conference of commanders of military chaplains, responsible for the military chaplaincy in their countries, took place. Such conferences have been organized now for the 20th time in a row. This year the conference was extended for the first time to the world scale. The main organizers of the conferences are the Military Forces of the United States of America and countries that are members of NATO.
From 1 to 6 February 2009, in South Africa, an international conference of commanders of military chaplains, responsible for the military chaplaincy in their countries, took place. Such conferences have been organized now for the 20th time in a row. This year the conference was extended for the first time to the world scale. The main organizers of the conferences are the Military Forces of the United States of America and countries that are members of NATO. The Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church was represented by Father Lubomyr Yavorskiy, assistant of the Department of the Patriarchal Curia in Matters of Chaplaincy of the Power Structures of Ukraine. Talking about the conference Fr. Lubomyr noted that "throughout the ages soldiers have been used for waging war, but today there is a noticeable tendency that the world is on the threshold of an epoch when more and more frequently soldiers are called to maintain peace and the rights and freedoms of people, and the basic mission of a chaplain is conditioned by the mission which is carried by the army, peacekeeping.” Every year the conference chooses a theme which is especially relevant in the military environment. This year the theme of the meeting is the role of the military chaplain in reconciliation, in the environment after a conflict.  The delegates discussed the activity of military chaplains in peacekeeping missions, their basic tasks and methods of work. During the conference the important role of the chaplain as a servant of reconciliation in the military environment was especially noted. According to Fr. Lubomyr Yavorskiy, this conference is unique not only in that the main military chaplains of the whole world meet, but also in that, for chaplains who are representatives of different confessions, different religions and different religious traditions, "this is a unique possibility to exchange experience and collaborate at the world level. In fact, the themes which arise at such meetings are relevant for any society."

Information Department of the UGCC 

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