Since February 2014, the conflict in Ukraine has split the country in half. With the seizure of Crimea and the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine, Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian nationalists have fought not just for land, but for the soul of their nation. Much has been said about the politics of this conflict, but what is often overlooked is the role played by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Nationalists overwhelmingly choose the Kyiv Patriarchate Church over the more traditional Moscow Patriarchate because of negative associations with the latter’s ties to the Kremlin’s policy. To explore the conflict and the Church, we host Father Anthony Perkins, a former Army Intelligence Officer and adjunct professor at the U.S. Naval War College.
Fr. Anthony Perkins is the rector of St. Mary Protection of the Holy Theotokos parish in Allentown, PA. He is the Director of Vocations, Associate Academic Dean, and a professor at St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary, and he is the editor of the GoodGuysWearBlack.org website. He strongly believes that “priests need priests” and treasures his friendships and collaboration with other clergy. His personal blog and podcast is OrthoAnalytika.
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