Prince Vladimir Youth Association

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13 JuneOrthodox Youth Podcast. #1. All North American Youth Conference. Preliminary Work.

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Read more22 FebruaryAll North American Youth Conference. Preliminaries.

On June 13th-19th 2022, the All North American Youth Conference will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Prince Vladimir Youth Association has chosen St. George’s Russian Orthodox Church to be the host parish, and attendees will be staying at the Snowbird Ski Lodge, a resort nestled in the Wasatch Mountain Range, just 20 minutes from the city center. The conference is sold out at maximum capacity of 80 people ages 18 and up from both America and Canada.

Archpriest Andrei Sommer has organized the conference theme to be parish-youth internshipas a life choice: “building a church from the inside out.” Following the COVID-19 pandemic, many church communities suffered from long periods of closures and the youth felt a sense of isolation. They returned with the need to adjust to new conditions, while trying to restore their connections with each other as much has changed. The goal is to bring young people together through parish life, and teach them how they can work for the betterment of the church, making their work a part of their life and purpose. The youth are successors in our church, so it is essential that they offer their various talents and skills to the growth of the diocese and its individual parishes. Through this, lifelong friendships and close connections with clergy are formed, improving their spiritual lives in the process.

The schedule for the conference will be as follows: attendees should arrive in the evening on June 13th , and June 14th will be the first official day of activities. In the mornings, lectures and presentations will be given by various speakers, both clergy and laymen. Afternoons will consist of workshops using break out rooms, and master classes led by bishops and clergy. The evenings will consist of different events, including a surprise banquet on Friday night. There will be a free day on Wednesday consisting of sightseeing, a hike, and informal cultural excursions in the city. While there, participants will create a youth podcast, where they can provide a recap of the conference, the work they accomplished, and their thoughts on the topics discussed during the week. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance is limited to residents of North America, but a virtual component on Zoom will be offered to those who are abroad and unable to attend. It will conclude with liturgy on Sunday the 19th, and participants should leave preferably after the service.

There are four committees representing each of the dioceses, from Canada and the East coast to the Midwest and West coast. These committees consist of youth from various parishes in their respective regions who are volunteering their time to create workshop topics and lead discussions, invite speakers to the conference, come up with a logo to enter into the design contest and more. They meet regularly over Zoom with chairman Archpriest Andrei Sommer to share ideas and lay out plans, while in frequent communication with each other.

Many of the participants have expressed their excitement for the conference, as many of the diocese events were cancelled during the pandemic, so this offers another opportunity to make up for lost time in the past years. This offers a great opportunity for the youth to travel to a new place, as many have never been to Salt Lake City before, and grow their faith with new people from different regions of the continent. More updates will follow as we draw closer to June.

Anna Kropov

EAD conference delegate

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24 JuneAn Orthodox Experience by Christopher Mayor, Boston, MAIts tough to fit all of my positive and memorable experiences from this trip on one page. This trip definitely gave me a new perspective on how other parts of the world perceive the faith. We escorted bringing the relics of St Elizabeth with us and we were treated like family as if  we have known fellow Belorussian Christians for many years. One of my favorite parts was definitely getting to spend time with people in the orthodox community from America that helped strengthen my faith and also helped expand my relationships within the Orthodox community. I did a lot of things for the first time such as directly venerating relics, trying Belorussian food, seeing a new church get consecrated, getting interviewed, presenting in front of seminarians, and a ton of other things.  One of the most memorable experiences was visiting the orphanages, it definitely gave me a new perspective on life and how blessed we are to live like we do in America. It was a blessing to see where the money that was our Russian Orthodox parishes raised went to and how happy it made the orphans. It was amazing to see how our parish can impact communities around the world. When we saw the kids’ expressions of how happy they felt with the animals in the petting zoo and playground we had helped sponsor for them it just brought me to tears. It gave me motivation to appreciate the things I often take for granted. This trip helped me grow in my faith most importantly and I will never forget the experience from it.Read more23 JuneBelarus Trip Reflection, Olga Semyanko, ConnecticutFrom visiting many exquisite churches and monasteries to driving through the countryside our trip to Belarus was an experience I will never forget.  .  Meeting the youth from Belarus was a great way to get to know more about the country.  Being taught what the norms are in Belarus and seeing how different it is to the United States.  Also being able to connect with the youth by singing Russian folk songs all together was very heartwarming.My favorite church we visited was the All Saints Church located in Minsk.  Not only was it the most impressive as it seemed to take my breath away as soon as I stepped inside.  Every space of the church was covered in miraculous icons, paintings, mosaics, or colorful stones.  My own saint, Saint Olga of Kiev icon was among the many saints as well as my favorite Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco.Polotsk was my favorite town we visited in Belarus.  The friendly small city environment as well as the beautiful Saint Euphrosyne Monastery were amazing memories.  Seeing Saint Euphrosyne relics as well as the chains she secretly wore under her garments were very inspirational.We got to visit two orphanages throughout our trip.  As it might have been hard to see some of the children's conditions it was relieving to know that they are being taken care of by such kind and gentle people.  We got to spend some time playing with the children in their brand new petting zoo, which was raised from last years “school piggy bank” donations.  Being able to see and pet the different kinds of animals brought a huge smile to each of children living at the orphanage..I got to travel with some people that I had already knew  before the trip as well  getting to meet new people. Sharing new experiences with new and old friends in a foreign country was a special event for me. This trip has made me appreciate everything that I have and thankful to my family for preserving my Russian culture and our religion.  It has motivated me to be able to pass this down to my future children and hopefully that line will never end.  I hope that trips like this will continue in order to help others and create connections with other Orthodox youth.Read more20 JuneThe Truth about Belarus By Liza Kotar“Sorry, but where is Belarus?” the polite, but marked confusion on my coworker’s face was not an uncommon occurrence as I relayed my summer travel plans. Like many people in America, Belarus is often lumped in with Russia or the former Soviet Union. Therefore, not many know that it even exists, or perhaps how it differs from Russia. Admittedly, the roots of Russians and Belarussians are the same and they share more similarities than differences. However, my perception that we were going to arrive in little Russia was not completely accurate—instead, what I came to learn was the Belarus has a unique, Slavic and orthodox spirit.As our bus rolled through the green hills and birch trees during our trip, we would often reflect that this is a small, but mighty country. We saw a milder temperament than the Russian spirit, but we also saw the same resilience. We learned from our guide that Minsk had been rebuilt eighteen times, yet as you walked the streets, you felt the pull of history. Although it had been destroyed, it had been rebuilt with the same prestige and dignity. Soviet ideals, western agenda and Russian values pulled from all sides. In a conversation with a relative of mine from Belarus, discussing the difficulties of living in a country with a struggling economy like theirs, he said, “They always tell us that there’s something difficult ahead and we will soon fall apart again… yet somehow we are all still here, standing, working and praising God.” This is the Belarussian spirit- fervent, resilient and rooted in an Orthodox history.Within a few minutes of arriving into Minsk, we were taken to the monastery dedicated to my saint, St. Elizabeth the Grand Duchess. The monastery was infused with her feminine and sophisticated spirit. It was clean, detailed and constantly radiated her warmth. The nuns took such great care in honoring her, I even noticed the lily, her favorite flower, planted near the pond. Not everyone is able to personally connect to their saints’ story, but after reading her life, I knew why my parents had specifically chosen her for me. Just as St. Elizabeth did, I want to dedicate myself to helping others with creativity and excellence, to live in the world, but not be of the world, to stay constant when faced with fame, fortune, or disaster, to develop a wide range of talents and be fully present in a Christian life.As we traveled to orphanages, I saw people dedicating themselves to helping others with this same fervor. Working with limited resources, often without being compensated, we witnessed people give their lives to take care of bedridden children, that were often not even their own. We were reminded of the ferocity of World War II as we walked through the museum and read about Belarussian casualties. However, we were again reminded of their resilience as they rebuilt and lived on. Many of us began to feel reconnected to our roots, to our faith and to something larger than our limited experiences. With the conclusion of the trip, we understood how we must personally bring this spirit of strength shown by Belarus and St. Elizabeth back to our parishes and expand this sentiment outwards into our local communities.Read morePrince Vladimir Youth Associationyour thoughtsView more
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