UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Ukrainian Orthodox League Executive Boards Hold First Quarterly Meeting
The newly elected Senior and Junior National Executive Boards of the Ukrainian Orthodox League held their first quarterly meeting on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Metropolia Center in South Bound Brook, New Jersey hosted by the St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary Chapter of the Ukrainian Orthodox League.
The day began with a Moleben to the Birth-Giver of God in the Three Holy Hierarchs Chapel of St. Sophia Seminary. The Moleben was served by His Grace Bishop Daniel accompanied by the League’s Senior and Junior Spiritual Advisors V. Rev. John Haluszczak (St. Vladimir UOC, Pittsburgh, PA) and Rev. Vasyl Sendeha (Sts. Peter & Paul UOC, Palos Park, IL). Following the service, the Executive Boards enjoyed a delicious breakfast presented by Pani-Matka Oksana Pasakas, ably assisted by Seminarians Ihor Protsak, Yurii Bobko and Taras Kaluzhnyy.
The two Executive Boards then convened to begin their planning for the upcoming year. Highlights of the discussion of the Senior Board included this year’s focus on improving communications with and involvement by Members-at-Large; increasing our chapters’ outreach of Christian Caregiving in their local communities; and initiating a dialog with parishes that are potential candidates for forming new UOL chapters. The Board discussed the plans for coordinating the League's participation in the dedication of the Holodomor Memorial in Washington, DC on November 7, 2015 (ukrainegenocide.com) and for encouraging local commemorations for those unable to travel to Washington, DC. The Board also noted that plans are in place to conduct two Lenten Retreats next year, scheduled for March 19, 2016 in Villa Maria, PA and April 2, 2016 in Bethlehem, PA.
The Junior Board announced that as a result of the 2015 Great Lenten Giveaway they will be donating $1,200 to the UOC of USA “Ukrainian Aid Fund”. The Junior Board just launched a new Twitter account “@jrUOLoftheUSA” and a new Facebook group “Junior Ukrainian Orthodox League”; they are anxious for their members to follow these sites to facilitate communications between the Board and the membership. The Juniors reported that they are in the final stages of their Digital Prayer Book Project. The content for the Digital Prayer Book has been organized and approved, and the Technical Committee will be working on creating Apple and Android Apps. The Junior Board renewed their commitment to donate 10% of their income to the UOC of USA.
Both Boards were anxious to hear the update from Carol Bentley, President of Holy Ghost Chapter in Coatesville, PA and Co-Chair of the 69th Annual UOL Convention to be held July 27-31, 2016 at the Lancaster Host Resort in Lancaster, PA (lancasterhost.com). Plans are well underway. Members and non-members are encouraged to make this year’s Convention part of their family summer vacation. With the Resort located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, there will be many family vacation activities to enjoy in addition to the Christian Fellowship that the UOL Convention offers.
There is a great info video online at www.HolyGhostUOC.org/2016. Information about the Convention will be updated monthly on the website, so everyone is invited to check back on a regular basis. The Junior National Board also suggested new workshops to add to the Convention program--including Ukrainian dance instruction--to make the 69th Annual Convention not only educational but fun.
Those Board members that were able to stay overnight on Saturday attended the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning at the St. Andrew Memorial Church and the Ukrainian Independence Day Celebration and Picnic that followed.
It was a busy and productive weekend for the Senior and Junior UOL National Executive Boards, and it set a good foundation for a busy and productive year to come!