The position of the government and the clergy is the same - to keep the peace and tranquility, interfaith understanding
On Monday, July 14, the head of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration Valeriy Lunchenko met with the clergy of different faiths in the region. They discussed aspects of cooperation between the authorities and the clergy, addressing the pressing issues of the community.
First of all, the head of the region thanked the clergy for their support and assistance in the current uneasy situation. Because the position of the government and the clergy is the same - to keep the peace and tranquility, interfaith understanding, which multinational Transcarpathian region today shows as a good example of harmony.
"To overcome separatism, to restore peace in the east of Ukraine, representatives of different religious confessions of Transcarpathia actively participate in organizational measures to provide temporary residence for people who were forced to flee their homes in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Your material and financial support of Ukrainian army is also notable" - Valeriy Lunchenko said.
For their part, members of the clergy raised the issue of the need to introduce and teach religious subjects in schools and licensing of the academic discipline of theology at the state level. They emphasized that in this difficult time, interfaith peace and tolerance are closely related to the cooperation with the authorities. This helps to unite our country, promotes the consolidation of Ukrainian nation, ensures economic and intellectual development on the way of a free, democratic Ukraine in the European community.
Valeriy Lunchenko praised the offers of priests. "Our country deserves to have a decent life for its people. Your help is very important, because you are communication between the community and God" - the head of the region said. He also said that a bill "On the concept of church relations in Ukraine" was being developed in the Parliament, which would help to overcome the effects of the atheist past, to ensure the constitutional freedoms and to establish specific mechanisms of cooperation between the authorities and the churches.