The Future of Unification Process is Irreversible
December 23, 2015
At the initiative of Patriarch Sviatoslav, on December 17, the Patriarchy of the UGCC hosted Archbishop Ihor (Isichenko) and the clergy of the Kharkiv-Poltava Eparchy of the UAOC.
At the meeting, the Patriarch spoke about the proposals received from the Kharkiv-Poltava Eparchy of UAOC about the possibility of Eucharistic communion and administrative unity with the UGCC. He stressed on the exploration of a model for unity. This model cannot be static, but rather a constant process under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Church as a living body will strive for unity. He underlined that the processes must be "completely open and with active participation of clergy and laity." In addition, he stressed, that the very prospect of unification is irreversible, indisputable and received unanimous support in the Church.
Archbishop Ihor noted that the unification process, aimed at the development of one Kyivan Church. It is also intended to preserve the spiritual heritage of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church as part of the common Christian heritage of Ukraine, he said.
The participants agreed on the main steps of future unification process and agreed on future cooperation.
The meeting ended with a prayer for peace and unity.