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This study examines the life and writings of Oleksander Lototsky (1870–1939), who served as minister of religious affairs in the government of Hetman Pavlo Skoropadsky (1918). Lototsky contributed greatly to the proclamation of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and, as Ukraine's ambassador to Turkey in 1919–20, strove to gain official recognition of the church from the Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople. Although political circumstances doomed his initiative, Lototsky did not waver in his commitment, and the scholarly research that he accomplished in Warsaw during the interwar period laid a firm intellectual foundation for the church's claim to autocephaly. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church, whose origins go back to the times of Kyivan-Rus', has played a fundamental role in the history of the Ukrainian people. The spiritual tradition of Kyivan Christianity, preserved through the centuries and brilliantly revived in the seventeenth century, inspired the flowering of Ukrainian culture and Cossack statehood in the early modern period. Subordinated to Moscow in 1685, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church strove to maintain its identity and reassert its independence. Since its revival during the Ukrainian Revolution (1917–21), the church has aspired to the recognition of its autocephaly—independent status within the world Orthodox community. See Volodymyr the Great (Valdamar, Volodimer, Vladimir), Christianization of Ukraine, Saints Borys and Hlib, Bishop, Bible, and Apostle in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine.

About The Author

Andre Partykevich

The author, Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Andre Partykevich, is pastor of the St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Boston, MA. The present work is based on his doctoral thesis, completed at the University of Illinois (Chicago).


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  2. Hugh Webrew's review in Journal of Contemporary Religion, Vol. 15, No. 3 (2000), pp. 443-445
  3. Sophia Senyk's review in Het Chritewjk Oosten, Vol. 52, Nos. 1-2 (2000), pp. 162-164
  4. Andrii Krawchuk's review in the Journal of Ukrainian Studies, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Summer 2003), pp. 123-126

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