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Head of State Ethnopolitics warned residents of Belogorodka against illegal “transfer” of the UOC temple to the OCU

The right to vote on the issue of transferring a religious community to another jurisdiction is reserved only to believers who attend services, maintain a church and participate in its life. This was stated by the head of the State Service of Ukraine for Ethnopolitics and Freedom of Conscience Olena Bohdan, reports the Information and Education Department of the UOC.

The Head of the State Service held an explanation regarding the religious legislation of Ukraine for the participants of the meeting of the territorial community at the stadium in the village of Belogorodka. On Sunday, June 26, they made an attempt to illegally transfer the community of the local St. Michael’s Church of the UOC to the OCU.

Elena Bogdan emphasized that decisions about the fate of the temple cannot be made by everyone, but only by members of the religious community.

“The religious community is people who attend services in this temple, donate to this temple, do something that makes this temple alive,” the head of the State Ethnic Policy explained. – That is, if there is no religious community, then the temple is empty. Accordingly, here today, according to the current legislation, those people who are visitors or patrons of the arts, or otherwise participants in the religious life of this temple, must make a decision.”

The head of the civil service warned citizens about the consequences of the illegal “transfer” of the temple by outsiders in relation to him.

“It is very important to be aware that the decision really should be made by the religious community, because imagine a situation where the decision is made FOR the religious community. This, in the end, means that the church will either be empty, or closed, or we simply won’t be able to continue religious life in it,” the head of the State Service of Ukraine for Ethnopolitics and Freedom of Conscience stressed.

The civil servant also explained that the decisions of the Council of the UOC of May 27, 2022 removed the issue of any dependence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

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