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Young Adult League (YAL)

Welcome

Welcome to the home of the Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Young Adult League!  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 – 2016-2017

Fall 2016

* Sat, Sept 10 – YAL Annual Kickoff Party – 12:45-3pm (Church Lower Level)
* Fri, Oct 7 – YAL Ladies & Gents Dinner & Greek Night – 7pm (Kellari Taverna, 1700 K St., NW)
* Sat, Oct 15 – OCMC Monumental Walk – 9am-12pm (National Mall)
* Wed, Oct 26 – YAL Spiritual Discussion & Dinner with Fr. Dimitri: “Should faith play a role in voting and elections?” - 6:30-8:30pm (Church Lower Level)
* Th-Su, Nov 3-6 – Pan-Hellenism Weekend (Referred By: St. Sophia YAL)
* Sun, Nov 20 – YAL Annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner & Canned Food Drive - 5:30-8pm (Church Lower Level)
*Sat, Dec 10 OR 17 – Annual DC-Area YAL Christmas Party/White Elephant Gift Exchange & Toys for Kids Donations - 5:30-8pm (Location: TBD)

Spring 2017

* Sun, Jan 22 – YAL Spiritual Discussion & Lunch with Fr. Dimitri: “How should we prepare for Lent spiritually, physically, and mentally?” - 11:45am-1pm (Church Frosene Center – 2nd Level)
* F-Su, Feb 17-19 – YAL Annual Spiritual Retreat (Lake Anna, VA)
* Wed, Mar 22 – YAL Spiritual Discussion & Dinner with Fr. Dimitri: “Understanding Our Greek Heritage: Why do we celebrate Greek Independence Day (March 25th) as Greek-Americans?” – 6:30-8:30pm (Church Lower Level)
* Sun, Apr 9 – YAL Annual Palm Sunday Potluck Dinner – 5:30-8pm (Arlington, VA)
* Sat, May 20 – St. Sophia Festival Volunteering & YAL Meet Up (11am-4pm; 4-6pm)
* (Tentative) May 27-31 or June 10-14 – YAL Cruise to Bermuda (Leaving Port: Baltimore)
* (Tentative) Sun, July – YAL Summer Brunch 

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 are focused on these four pillars:

Worship/Witness

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.

Service

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.

Fellowship

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 welcoming, 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

Christopher Malagisi
Bill Grigos
John Zevitas
Stephanie Coulis
Alexandra Ladas  

 

LINKS:

Local University Orthodox Groups:
*  
American University – Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)
*  American University – Hellenic Society
*  George Washington University – Orthodox Christians
*  Georgetown University – Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)
*  University of Maryland – Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)

Affiliate Organization Links: 
Saint Sophia Cathedral of Washington, DC
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese – Young Adult Ministry
Hellenic College Holy Cross
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)
Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC)
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)
Orthodox Christian Network (OCN)
Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM)
Focus North America
American Hellenic Institute (AHI)
American Hellenic Educational Progressive Organization (AHEPA)
Byzantio Greek Dance & Cultural Arts Program
DCGreeks.com
Daughters of Penelope
Greek Embassy
Hellenic American Leadership Council
National Philoptochos Society
The Next Generation Initiative 

 

Young Adult Ministry »

The national Young Adult Youth Ministry website includes resources and news of upcoming events for its members.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America YAL mission Statement: 

“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)