LET’S TALK

Borys Hudziak: “Conflict is generated by the fear of losing something, and fear is the origin of aggression”

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As part of the initiative “Let’s Talk,” Association of Ukrainians in Belgium and NGO “Bridge Ukraine-EU” organized a meeting with Bishop Borys Hudziak in the Ukrainian House AUB. The topic of conversation was chosen by Bishop: “Our dignity after the Maidan and ATO: how to protect it?”

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“Bishop Borys Hudziak came to Belgium on business and graciously accepted our invitation to come to talk to local Ukrainian community, who wanted to know how to preserve dignity after the Revolution,”- says representative of the NGO “Bridge Ukraine-EU” Anna Yavorska. Most Ukrainians try to remember their dignity. “But things get worse with hope – says Anna Yavorska – we’re getting disappointed and this meeting with Bishop is like resuscitation.”

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The idea of the meeting was to identify problems that stop Ukrainians on the way to success, and this is possible on condition that they first realize the existence the problems and their causes, in order to put them to an end.

Participants of the meeting were interested in the causes of internal conflicts among Ukrainians. Borys Hudziak said that it is our burden, but also explained why this happens. “Conflicts are generated by the fear of losing something, and fear is the origin of aggression. We must stop thinking that “if someone wins, we will lose. It is a zero sum game.”

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Borys Hudziak warned the audience not to be subjected to media provocations and specially designed strategies aimed at provoking cynicism, negativity, discouragement and mistrust among the people. Another instruction is to avoid conflicts if it is not a question of the Truth.

Finally, the Bishop said that we cannot forget the lessons taught by the history, meaning the collapse of the Soviet Union, and both Maidans.

NGO “Bridge Ukraine-EU” and Association of Ukrainians in Belgium invite for a meeting with Bishop Borys Gudziak on November 11

афиша гудзякAssociation of Ukrainians in Belgium and the NGO “Bridge Ukraine-EU,” as part of the initiative “Let’s Talk,” invite for an interesting meeting with Bishop Borys Gudziak be held on November 11, 19:00 (local time) in the Ukrainian House AUB, according to official representative of the NGO “Bridge Ukraine-EU” Anna Yavorska.

The topic of conversation was proposed by the Bishop: “Our Dignity after the Maidan and ATO: How to Protect it?” BishopBorys Gudziak visited the ATO zone on August 14 this year. In Slavyansk he met with Ukrainian military and local residents, and tried to convey his main idea “Abandon doubts in yourself. You can overcome everything.”

Reference: Bishop Borys Gudziak was born November 24, 1960 in Syracuse, NY, USA. Since January 19, 2013, Bishop Borys Gudziak has been the first bishop of the diocese of St. Volodymyr the Great (Eparchie de Saint-Vladimir le Grand), after Pope Benedict XVI lifted the Apostolic Exarchate of Ukrainian Catholics in France to the status of diocese.