October 2012: Archdiocese Youth Month

Metropolitan Philip Installs SOYO OfficersMetropolitan Philip Installs SOYO OfficersOctober is the month to introduce teens to the many opportunities to minister in the Church. Teens are encouraged to read the Epistle, chant and sing in the choir, assist in church school, and give sermons approved by the priest. 

Additionally, there are several committees that the national leadership of SOYO is promoting in 2012-2013. Dana Zawahri, NAC SOYO Unity Committee Coordinator explained, "A major one is the Unity Committee, established at the last Leadership Training in Chicago. This committee focuses on uniting teens from different Orthodox Christian jurisdictions. Each diocese was given a specific task this year to encourage the teens there to take part. The idea of unity itself has become a very popular subject among our teens. Myriam Zakaib, Treasurer of the Diocese of Ottawa, remarked, 'I think Orthodox unity is important because we are all here to serve Christ. We are all brothers and sisters in His name and we should be working together to serve Him. It does not matter whether you are Russian or Greek, or anything else: you are first an Orthodox Christian.'"Ms. Zawahri's full report, "Raising Up a Generation of Leaders," is published in October's "The Word." 

Another way teens can get involved is to participate in the Creative Arts, Bible Bowl, and Oratorical Festivals. This year’s theme is, “The End of History...The Last Judgment," and references the following well-known Scripture from Matthew 25 as the Festival focal point: "I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me." Complete topics, rules, and a recommended reading list are available online here.