Exploring cultures and communities – the slow way

Not far from Lockerbie, in the hills of southern Scotland, a corrugated iron hut was converted into a simple chapel in summer 1947. It is a remote, rural outpost of Ukraine's Greek Catholic Church.

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The tragedy of Ukraine has been evident at border posts and on trains across much of central Europe this month. The hapless plight of thousands of refugees has been played out in the media. These are of course not the first Ukrainians to move west across Europe. In Berlin, where hidden europe is published, there is a long-standing Ukrainian community and even a Ukrainian Greek Catholic church (which one of the editors of this magazine has over many years occasionally attended). The religious divisions in Ukraine — Orthodox in the east; Greek Catholic in the west, affiliated to Rome but still using the Byzantine Liturgy — are central to understanding the cultural rifts which have afflicted Ukraine. Now those religious differences seem insignificant as Vladimir Putin’s abominable invasion has brought Ukrainians together as never before.

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and manage hidden europe, a Berlin-based editorial bureau that supplies text and images to media across Europe. Together they edit hidden europe magazine. Nicky and Susanne are dedicated slow travellers. They delight in discovering the exotic in the everyday.

This article was published in hidden europe 66.