Youth Sobor 2010
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of USA
The 2010 Youth Sobor took place on Friday, October 29 to Sunday, October 31, at our
Consistory in South Bound Brook, New Jersey.
youth so×bor (yoo-th suh-bor) - noun. 1. A council or gathering of youth from around the
country to make decisions for the future and well-being of the church. 2. The place where the
voice of the youth can be heard.
What is a Youth Sobor?
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When was the last Youth Sobor?
The 3rd Youth Sobor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA took place October 29th - 31st in South Bound Brook, NJ in
conjunction with the 19th Regular Sobor of the Church. Twelve teenagers representing the parishes of Allentown, PA -
Carnegie, PA -Carteret, NJ - Pittsburgh, PA - Rochester, NY - Silver Spring, MD, Werners, NY and Woonsocket, RI gathered
together to discuss issues relevant to the youth of the church.
Topics discussed by the Youth Sobor delegates included: Review of the Vision Statement for the Ideal Church created by the
1st Youth Sobor, Ways that teenagers may serve God and be leaders in His Church, Reasons for teens and college students to
stay and/or come back to the church, and programming needs of the youth. The resulting recommendations from these
discussions will be published in the Ukrainian Orthodox Word, on the UOC website and sent to the parishes for
The Youth Sobor delegates also participated in a workshop provided by Orthodox Christian Fellowship concerning their
imminent college experience, a Consistory Scavenger Hunt, a question and answer session with five of our clergy as well as an
evening social at St. Sophia's Seminary.
Some notable recommendations from the Youth Sobor were:
* PROMOTE YOUNG COMPOSERS TO UTILIZE THEIR TALENTS TO COMPOSE NEW LITURGICAL MUSIC THAT MAY
REFLECT THE CURRENT TIMES
* NOT ONLY ENCOURAGE YOUTH TO ATTEND OUR CAMPING PROGRAMS, BUT HELP IN ALL WAYS TO MAKE IT
POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO ATTEND (FINANCIAL, TRAVEL, ETC.)
* CONNECT PARISHIONERS THROUGH A "PRAYER BUDDIES" PROGRAM - (PRAY FOR AN ANONYMOUS [OR NOT
ANONYMOUS] PERSON, OR PRAY WITH THEM, KEEP IN CONTACT WITH THEM AND PRAY WITH THEM)
*Participate in the Jr. Ukrainian Orthodox League and if your parish does not have one, investigate the possibility of starting
one. The Jr. UOL helps teenagers learn skills that will aid them in being leaders and this will ultimately benefit the church. For
more information on starting the Jr. UOL, contact the Jr. UOL president at www.uol.orthodoxws.com
The Youth Sobor is coordinated by the Consistory Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry. The main objectives of this
program are to provide our teenagers with a better understanding of the workings of the national church, promote and foster
leadership with the church and provide a voice for our youth with the church.