Athos—Kyiv: 1000 years of spiritual and cultural links

On 8 December 2016, the Permanent Representation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Permanent Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church to the WCC co-hosted an event dedicated to 1000 years of spiritual and cultural links between Mount Athos and the Church of Kyiv. It included an exhibition of photographs about the Holy Mountain and a presentation of a film entitled “1000 years on Athos” [YouTube⇒], prepared by the International Institute of Athonite Heritage in Ukraine in cooperation with the Orthodox Church in Ukraine (Moscow Patriarchate). A special greeting from His Eminence Metropolitan Onuphriy of Kyiv (head of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine) was read for the occasion and the film presentation was followed by a lecture of Mr. Serhiy Shumylo (of the International Institute of Athonite Heritage in Ukraine) on his publications tracing a millennium of inter-relations between Mount Athos and the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. It ended with a discussion that focused on Athos as a model for Church unity transcending national and cultural barriers.