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The Church of Scotland
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Ukrainian bishop thanks the people of Scotland for inviting refugees fleeing the war

by Alex Collett

The Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic community has thanked the people of Scotland for "warmly welcoming" thousands of people who fled the war between Russia and Ukraine.

Rt Rev Kenneth Nowakowski stated the "generous hospitality and solidarity" that they have shown to those seeking refuge is an example of people being united as sisters and brothers through Jesus Christ. 

In Scotland, over 13,000 Ukrainians have settled under Visa sponsorship schemes following Russia's launch of a full-scale war in February.

Rt Rev Kenneth said: "As the Bishop for Ukrainian Catholics in Scotland, I am so grateful to the Church of Scotland and especially the congregation at Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church for opening their doors to our Ukrainian community in Glasgow. 

"Since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia, millions of its citizens have fled to Western Europe and thousands of Ukrainians have been welcomed warmly by the people of Scotland.

"This generous hospitality and solidarity is truly an example of being united as sisters and brothers through our Lord Jesus Christ.

"I am aware that the kindness and support in the form of humanitarian aid for those who have arrived here in Scotland is also reaching ecumenical partners, not only in Ukraine, but also in borderland countries such as Hungary.  

"The opportunity to pray and celebrate the Divine Liturgy in Ukrainian with those who have had leave Ukraine, fleeing harm's way is most important."

Congregations and individuals in Scotland have raised more than £408,000 to help support the Ukrainian Church and churches in surrounding countries to help people seeking refuge from the war.

The Church of Scotland has a huge history of receiving and supporting refugees and leads the multifaith partnership, Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees.

Rt Rev Kenneth of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Holy Family of London is due to take part in a joint Ukrainian-Scottish service at Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church, in the west-end of Glasgow on Sunday 21st August 2022 and all are welcome.

A free celebratory concert is being held at Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church on 24th August 2022 to mark the 31st year of Independence of Ukraine.

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