Toward Truth and Reconciliation in Ukraine

By Cyril Hovorun

Maidan (Photo: Claudia Himmelreich McClatchy)

Maidan Square (Photo by Claudia Himmelreich McClatchy)

Ukraine has been riven by civil strife. These are more than political events. They touch upon the most fundamental experiences of conscience and dignity. They reflect an awakening of civil society—and a reaction that seeks a return to ­­state-dominated public life. The future of the country hangs in the balance. What is needed ­today, not only in Ukraine but in every post-Soviet country, is church leadership that is clear-minded about the perils of an excessively close relationship between Christian witness and state power. The single greatest imperative is to encourage and engage civil society.

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