SOURCE: PARISHES LEAVING MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE FOR ORTHODOX CHURCH OF UKRAINE by Paul D. Steeves

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St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery, Kyiv. Seat of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

Orthodoxy in Dialogue has just discovered the website Russia Religion News, an unadorned, bare bones goldmine of English-language translations of media reports on religious life in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union. RRN is curated by Dr. Paul D. Steeves, emeritus professor at Stetson University in DeLand FL. 

Of particular interest to our readers is RRN’s continuously updated archive of articles (here) chronicling the steady transfer of Moscow Patriarchate parishes in Ukraine to the newly autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

For those unfamiliar with the Ukrainian language we offer the following guide to RRN’s two most common acronyms:

PTsU (Pravoslavna Tserkva Ukraïny) = OCU (Orthodox Church of Ukraine)

UPTsMP (Ukraïns’ka Pravoslavna Tserkva Moskovs’koho Patriarkhata) = UOC-MP (Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate)

Scholars and general readers alike who follow ecclesiastical events in Ukraine will find Dr. Steeves’ website to be an invaluable resource.

See the extensive Ukraine section in our Archives by Author.

Paul D. Steeves holds a PhD in Russian history from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. He specializes in the history of religion in Russia, and taught at Stetson University from 1972 until his retirement in 2013. You may view his full curriculum vitæ and contact information by clicking on his name here.

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