Our Dream for the Church

We, the Youth and Young Adult Observers of the 11th All American Council and members of the Orthodox Church in America have a dream for our Church. We would like a united Church with an identity reflecting Orthodox life in America. A Church . . .

  • that is growing where all are welcome.
  • that is humble and whose members live and pray in harmony.
  • whose members know about and are prepared to explain our faith.
  • whose members reach out to the community.
  • that is understanding of and compassionate towards the problems of modern life.
  • where everyone is seen as equal in the eyes of God.
  • where sin is condemned, and not the sinner.
  • that is true to her liturgical traditions.
  • that works toward the unity of its people where various traditions are respected.
  • that worships in a language the people understand.
  • where both adults and kids learn.
  • where youth have something to say and are heard.
  • where worship continues into daily life.
  • where laity and clergy work together within their own church and among area churches.
  • where diocesan parishes have love for each other.
  • that is opened to newcomers and converts.
  • that is known to the world by its works and witness to the Gospel.
  • that perseveres in the face of struggle.
  • whose main goal is seeking salvation.
  • whose members are thankful for their Orthodox faith.

Prepared by the Youth and Young Adult Observers of the 11th All American Council in Chicago, IL July 16–22, 1995

Our Dream for the Church study guide, session one

Our Dream for the Church study guide, session two