Tserkva Virnyh Ridnoyi Ukrayinskoyi Natsional’noyi Viry (Church of Faithful of Native Ukrainian National Faith), Sylenkiantsi, RUNVisty
Lev Sylenko (1921-)
Chicago, IL USA (1966)
Kyiv, Ukraine; Spring Glen, NY USA
Maha-vira, Svyate Vchennya, Nauka RUNViry and Pereotsinka Duhovnoyi Vartosti (Holy Teaching, Studies of RUNVira and Reappraisal of Spiritual Value)
Svitlo Oriyany (The Light of Oriyana)
At attempt to revive pre-Christian Slavic neopaganism, but reformed into monotheism instead of polytheism. Promotes worship of the ancient deity "Dazhboh." In Sylenko’s conception, God is regarded as impersonal, eternal, omnipresent, light power. Dazhboh is the consciousness of the world, light, infinity, gravitation, eternity, motion, and activity, energy of both conscious and unconscious existence. He is one and the same in all nations, but the only difference is that every nation calls him by a different name: Hindus—Brahma; Jews—Sabaoth; Arabs—Allah; Ukrainians—Dazhboh. RUNVira proclaims that every nation should have its own faith.
In the beginning, Lev Sylenko was a follower of Volodymyr Shayan, the founder of Revival of Union of the Believers of the Ukrainian Native Faith. But he declared later that he had received a new revelation from God reforming older views promoted by Shayan. This statement caused a "doctrinal" split in the midst of Revival of Ukrainian Native Faith movement, and as a result the Church of the Faithful of Native Ukrainian National Faith (RUNVira) began. RUNVira is promoted as new monotheistic religion (the main theological distinction from the earlier group, which affirms the existence of many gods and goddesses). The followers of Sylenko call him Reformer and native Prophet.
Splinter groups are said to exist.
There are about fifty congregations registered in Ukraine alone.
Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States