The specifics of the conference in 2014

The specific goal for the 14th Assumption Readings Conference in 2014 was to raise and discuss the topic of COMMUNION-COMMUNIO-KOINONIA: Sources, Ways of Understanding and Embodiment. The conference took place at a time when the world was mostly following war events in the East of Ukraine, and some of the invited participants decided not to come to Kyiv because they were concerned with the instability of the political and social situation. However, the impression that the conference produced on those who participated was so profound that Fr. Antoine Lambrechts summarized it in quite an affirming statement: “I hope that the fall of 2014 in Ukraine will be primarily remembered for the Assumption Readings conference.”

Of course, the current Ukrainian situation influenced the meeting. A guided tour around the Kyivan Maidan (the capital’s central square, which was the epicenter of the revolutionary events in November 2013 – February 2014) preceded its opening. It was conducted by direct participants of the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity among the “Dukh i Litera” collaborators and constituted the main part of the cultural program.  During the course of the conference the Maidan events were directly or indirectly discussed, and there were addressed in many of the conference reports. 

XIV international Assumption Readings

Sources, Ways of Understanding and Embodiment»



14:00  Opening of the Conference
Holy Assumption Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra
Assembly Hall of the Kyiv Theological Academy (building 45)

Metropolitan Onuphrius, of Kyiv and All Ukraine, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox

Greeting Word

Metropolitan Anthony, of Boryspil and Brovary, Chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Rector of the Kyiv Theological Academy and Seminary

Greeting Word

Archbishop Petro Malchuk , O.F.M., Bishop of the Kyiv-Zhytomyr Diocese

Greeting Word

Bishop Philaret of Lviv and Galicia

Prayer as a Way of Communicating with God

Adalberto Mainardi (Monastic Community of Bose, Italy)

Theology of Communication and the Way towards Unity

Rev. Cyril Hovorun (Yale University, the USA)

Ecclesiology of Communication as a Common Language of Church Traditions

Session Moderator – Constantin Sigov,
Director of the “Dukh i Litera” (Spirit and Letter) Research and Publishing Association

Although “ASSUMPTION READINGS” is a traditional theological conference, it is quite innovative and unique on the territory of Ukraine. It is an event of the highest academic level that brings together the most outstanding theologians, historians and philosophers of Ukraine, Europe and Russia.

(see VIDEOINTERVIEWS with the participants' resposes here)

Among its main goals are: 



  • promotion of the ecumenical dialogue and cooperation by way of bringing together distinguished theologians from Orthodox and Catholic traditions to discuss topics that unite both; 
  • promotion of cooperation between Academia and Church by holding the events of the conference both in Church and academic institutions; 
  • promotion of Christian tradition in Ukraine through raising interest to the conference in wider audiences of Ukrainian society.

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