Ukrainian Orthodoxy in the Digital Era: Building the Church between Tradition and Innovations

Authors

  • Dmytro Shevchuk
  • Kateryna Shevchuk
  • Kateryna Yakunina

Keywords:

Orthodoxy, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, digital technologies, Internet

Abstract

The Internet has become a platform for popularizing traditional religious teachings and rituals, bringing together believers worldwide, and creating a network of religious communities. With the help of the Internet, religious groups and communities can keep in touch with each other, exchange ideas and sermons, and attract new followers. The article is devoted to analysis of the impact of digital technologies on Orthodoxy in Ukraine, particularly on the example of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The analysis of this problem is based on considering the general trends of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine's attitude to the implementation of digital technologies, as well as the analysis of individual projects related to the use of digital solutions. The central thesis of the research is that Ukrainian Orthodoxy, in the current challenging conditions, which are caused in particular by the war, strives to find a balance between the tradition, which was formed over many centuries, and innovations, which are generated by the Internet and digital culture and which make it possible to provide communication with the faithful and their support effectively, as well as to realize their mission. The authors present the main discussion about implementing digital technologies and online services into the Church’s practice. Also, the most successful online and digital projects of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine are presented.

Author Biographies

Dmytro Shevchuk

The National University of Ostroh Academy, Department of Philosophy and Cultural Management, Ukraine.

Kateryna Shevchuk

Rivne State University of Humanities, Department of Philosophy, Ukraine.

Kateryna Yakunina

The National University of Ostroh Academy, Department of Philosophy and Cultural Management, Ukraine.

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Published

2024-04-08

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Studies & Articles