Young Adult League (YAL)
Welcome to the home of the Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Young Adult League (YAL)! YAL is the ministry group that serves the Orthodox Christian college student, young professional and young adult communities (ages 18-40) of the Washington, DC, area. YAL is a wonderful opportunity for those who want to get more involved with our Orthodox faith based on YAL’s four pillars of Worship, Witness, Service, and Fellowship.
How to Join
We have a very large and active group! Members are between the ages of 18-40, live in the DC metro area, are Greek and/or Orthodox, or are spiritually curious! YAL allows young adults to connect with other Orthodox groups in the area, nurtures spiritual growth, and provides an outlet for those wanting to serve their Church and local community. If you’d like to join, or are interested in learning more about YAL activities, please refer below:
1.) Email us at StSophiaYAL@gmail.com
2.) Join our Facebook group page (YAL Facebook)
Events Calendar – 2014-2015
* Sat, Sept 6 – YAL Annual Fall Kick Off Party (S.t Sophia Youth Room) – 1:00-3:00 pm
* Sun, Sept 7 – YAL Loukamades Fundraiser (St. Sophia Lower Level) – After Church
* Wed, Sept 24 – IOCC Service Event– 6:00-8:00 pm
* Thurs, Oct 9 – YAL Test Kitchen – Greek Food (Saint Sophia Lower Level) – 6:30-8:30 pm
* Wed, Oct 22 – Discussion with Fr. Dimitri – “Teaching Liturgy” (St. Sophia Youth Room) – 6:30-8:30 pm
* Thurs-Sun, Nov 6-9 – Pan-Hellenism Weekend (DCGreeks.com)
* Sat, Nov 15 – OCMC Monumental Walk (details forthcoming)
* Sun, Nov 23 – YAL Annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner (St. Sophia Lower Level) – 5:00-7:00 pm
* Sat, Dec 13 – YAL Annual Christmas Cocktail & White Elephant Party (St. Sophia Youth Room) – 5:00-8:00 pm
* Thurs, Jan 8, 2015 – Discussion with Fr. Dimitri – “What is the Holy Spirit?” (St. Sophia Youth Room) – 6:30-8:30pm
* Fri-Sun, Feb 20-22 – YAL Annual Spiritual Retreat (Lake Anna, VA)
* Wed, Mar 18 – Young Adult Discussion with Fr. Dimitri (Saint Sophia Youth Room) – 6:30-8:30pm
Four Pillars of YAL
The mission of the Greek Orthodox Young Adult League is to cultivate and educate our young adults, leading them to the fullness of the Faith and likeness of God. By utilizing the four circles of Christian living – Worship, Witness, Service, and Fellowship, young adults are integrated into the life of the Church, enabling them to become active members of the body of Christ. YAL activities our focused on these four pillars:
We have many different events to worship and learn about our faith. Some of these include a young adult spiritual retreat in Lake Anna, VA, discussions with Fr. Dimitri about issues surrounding our faith, monastery retreats and trips to the Archdiocese in New York, religious film screenings, and special events and educational programming with religious scholars and leaders.
We have many service projects to help both our St. Sophia and local community. Projects include volunteering at the annual St. Sophia Greek Festival, assisting our Orthodox charity and outreach assemblies (IOCC, OCMC, OCPM, OCN, OCF), GOYA mentoring, and participating in local community service projects.
We believe it’s important to have a strong and united group, while having fun! We have events for everyone including our annual events – Fall Kick Off Party, Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner, Christmas Party, Spiritual Retreat (Lake Anna, VA), Lenten Palm Sunday Potluck Dinner, and Annapolis Day. Other events may include brunch after church, test kitchen events, happy hours/wine tastings, sporting events, and various other seasonal activities and social outings.
We are here to serve Saint Sophia, the Orthodox community, and provide a warm, fun and loving group for all to enjoy. Whether you are new to the area or have been a long term resident, come join us! We look forward to seeing you at our events! To join, or if you have any questions, please email StSophiaYAL@gmail.com.
Yours in Christ,
The Saint Sophia YAL Board
Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America – Young Adult Ministry
Hellenic College Holy Cross – Greek Orthodox School of Theology
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)
Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC)
Orthodox Christian Network (OCN)
Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM)
Focus North America
The Next Generation Initiative
American Hellenic Institute (AHI)
American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA)
Daughters of Penelope
Hellenic American Leadership Council
American University – Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)
American University – Hellenic Society
Georgetown University – Campus Ministry (Orthodox Christian)
University of Maryland – Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)
The national Young Adult Youth Ministry website includes resources and news of upcoming events for its members.
“The mission of the Greek Orthodox Young Adult League (GOYAL) is to cultivate and educate our young adults (ages 18 and up), leading them to the fullness of the Faith and likeness of God; by utilizing the four circles of Christian living, Worship, Witness, Service and Fellowship, young adults are integrated into the life of the Church, enabling them to become active members of the body of Christ. (Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America)