UOL MISSION STATEMENT
The UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX LEAGUE is a national volunteer organization of members in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, who are committed to promoting the Orthodox Faith, supporting the Church, developing the potential of our youth and their active participation, and preserving Ukrainian heritage and culture.
UOL MOTTO AND EMBLEM
The major goal of the UOL of the USA is to serve the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Holy Eastern Orthodox Faith, and to do so by exemplifying the meaning of the emblem and the motto “DEDICATED TO OUR CHURCH, DEVOTED TO ITS YOUTH.”
The Ukrainian Orthodox League (“UOL” or “the League”) is a vital organ of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States of America (“UOC of USA”) and was conceived in 1946 when the Seventh Sobor of the UOC of USA authorized the formation of a national youth organization. A committee under the direction of the late Very Reverend Father Volodymyr Bukata formulated the organization; the Ukrainian Orthodox League was incorporated in the State of New Jersey in 1948.
The aim of the Ukrainian Orthodox League is to promote the spiritual (and material) growth of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in orienting in her members to strive for a life centered in Christ and His Church. The UOL as an organization and through her members strives only to do the will of God in all things.
The members of the UOL are committed to:
- Promoting active participation in all aspects of the Orthodox faith and supporting the Church.
- Developing and maintaining programs and projects which:
- Educate members and promote dedication and commitment to the Church, her teachings, traditions and missions.
- Provide opportunities for the development of leadership skills and responsibility among Ukrainian Orthodox youth.Providing and promoting information on Ukrainian heritage and history to the general public and establishing means which ensure the continuation of cultural awareness and pride within our membership.
The UOL’s purpose is exclusively spiritual, charitable and educational.
The Ukrainian Orthodox League is comprised of members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States of America.
The Junior League encompasses members between the ages of 10 to 18 years of age. However, activities and programs of the League are planned for the involvement of all of her members regardless of age.
Membership consists of Senior Chapters, Junior Chapters, Members-at-large and Honorary Members. There shall be only one (1) senior chapter and only (1) junior chapter per parish. Chapters will consist of a minimum of five members.
HISTORY OF THE UOL
The Ukrainian Orthodox League of the USA (UOL) is an auxiliary organization of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, formed by the seventh Sobor in 1946. The major purposes of the UOL include the development of better knowledge and understanding of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church; encouraging youth interest and participation in the Church; publishing and distributing educational materials; promoting religious, cultural, and social activities and programs; promoting by every means possible the growth and development of the Orthodox Church.
The UOL also administers the Junior Ukrainian Orthodox League, which is composed of youth ranging in age from 10-18 years. The Jr. UOL elects its own Executive Board and participates in the annual UOL teenage conference, the annual UOL convention, and other youth related activities.
Major projects of the Senior UOL include administration of Metropolitan John scholarships for seminarians and clergy; awarding the Lynn Sawchuk-Sharon Kuzbyt scholarships for Juniors; planning educational activities including conferences, seminars, and lectures; sponsoring programs for pre-teens and their parents; sponsoring week-ends for young adults to gather; promoting missions activities in local parishes and communities as well as aid programs for communities in need in Ukraine and elsewhere in the world. The official publication of the UOL is the UOL Bulletin, available online. The UOL also publishes a variety of religious and cultural educational materials.