Ukrainian Ministry of Education forces teachers to attend a prayer service by the non-canonical Kiev Patriarchate
April 3, 2017 – On Sunday, April 2, the teachers from Nikolaev schools were forced to attend a prayer for peace, led by the non-canonical Kiev Patriarchate head Filaret. Many have commented that this was humiliating to their dignity. This prayer was also done largely against the will of the teachers.
Some teachers have commented that this was done to give a false impression of a large support for the Kiev Patriarchate. It was seen as a public relations stunt done at their expense. Others felt that sending someone to pray in a secular society is not permissible.
The prayer was enforced under the text entitled by the Ukrainian Ministry of Education entitled “Duty to attend a prayer at 15:00 on the Sobor Place, on April 2, to conduct a mutual prayer of peace in Ukraine and victory over the ‘aggressor’ “.