An historical example of the destruction of the family was cited in Bishop Borys’ intervention at the recent Synod. Familial love and mutual trust were replaced by paranoid fear and cynicism; the bond of family was sabotaged by the myth of Pavlik Morozov. According to Bishop Borys “As a 13-year-old boy Pavlik denounced his father (and some neighbors) to the authorities for forging documents and selling them to the bandits and enemies of the State.” The story about Pavlik, probably fictional, energized mistrust and encouraged children to spy on their parents. In order to heal this destructiveness, Bishop Borys and the faculty of UCU have mentored a generation of young professionals, such as Yuriy Didula whose example I cite below, who lead Christian lives guided by virtue and grace that heal the psychosocial wounds of the past.
Vyshyvka is handmade embroidery. The embroidery can range from just one color to an infinite number of colors. The most basic vyshyvky use red embroidery on white shirts, but Karavanska concentrates on color and design, stretching the realm of creativity to new bounds.
As the former Senior Vice President of International Development for Zenith Electronics, Miller has traveled to over 100 countries, many of which he visited at least fifty to sixty times. It’s no surprise that his novels feature unique locales like the Tin Shan Mountains of Kazakhstan, a former Soviet Closed City in the Carpathian Mountains, and most recently urban Ukraine. At 87 years of age, Miller has had three spy novels published and, significantly, two of of the three novels take place in parts of Ukraine.
Born in Buchach, Ukraine during World War II, Futey, like many, immigrated to the United States by way of Western Europe and South America. From being a humble high school teacher in Cleveland, he quickly became a lawyer, then went on to government, and was finally nominated to the United States Court of Federal Claims by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. But despite his professional success and allegiance to the United States, Futey never let go of his love for Ukraine.