John Staples Returns to Discuss Role of Russian Orthodox Church in War in Ukraine Sunday, June 12, 2022
Jamestown, N.Y. – SUNY Fredonia Professor of Russian and Soviet History Dr. John Staples will return in person to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ) on Sunday, June 12.
Staples’s message at the 10:30 a.m. hybrid service is “Religion and the Russo-Ukrainian War.” His presentation will focus on the Russian Orthodox Church’s ties to Vladimir Putin and its support for the war in Ukraine. He will also address the split between the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches and the growing anti-semitism in Russia.
In April, Staples addressed “Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Pretexts and Context,” examining several common explanations for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and suggesting that the main cause is the survival of Russian imperialist attitudes and policies. As then, while in some ways his new presentation relates to all of the seven Principles Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote, it most relates to:
Born and raised in British Columbia, Canadian Staples received his MA and BA from the University of Alberta and his PhD in Russian and Soviet history from the University of Toronto. He has taught at SUNY Fredonia since 2001. His work focuses on the history of Mennonites in tsarist Russia and what their story tells us about Russian imperialism. To conduct his research he has spent time in the cities, towns, and villages of southern Ukraine, often in places that are now either occupied or besieged by Russian troops.
A social time follows the service.
While not mandated, vaccines, masks, and appropriate distancing are encouraged for those who participate in the service in person.
Participation can be either in person at 1255 Prendergast Avenue in Jamestown or online. To join virtually, use the link at UUJamestown.org/calendar.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown is a progressive, liberal religious community serving the southern tier of Western New York and Warren County, Pa. The UUCJ’s mission is to support and celebrate each other, encourage spiritual and individual growth, and serve the wider community.
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