Ukrainian Orthodox Church of USA
Parish Youth Sobor
The Sobor of the Church takes place once every three years.
The Youth Sobor in 2004 was the first ever to take place. The
work they produce at the Sobor carries over until the next
Youth Sobor, which will take place in 2010. You may be
wondering what a Sobor is, read below to find out.
Sobor History and Information
The first Sobor of our Church in the United States took place in 1924, following the arrival of Metropolitan John.
The Sobor has taken many twists and turns to where we are today. Presently the Sobor takes place every
three years. At the Sobor, Hierarchs, clergy and laity (that is you and me), gather together to discuss the
state of the church. Just as the President gives a state of the union address, our church gathers its people
from across the country to discover the “state of the union”. They also discuss the needs of our parishes
currently and in the future. Each parish has a limited number of delegates and alternates that they may send
to the Sobor. The national church organizations are also granted representation.
The Sobor is not only for business but is also for the spiritual enrichment and renewal of those participating, so
that they can return to their parishes ready to work in our Lord’s vineyard. Divine Liturgy is served every
morning. There are evening services, memorial services, and evening meditations at the end of the day.
Workshops are provided on a variety of topics concerning our faith and our parish life.
There is also time allotted for fellowship. These occasions are a wonderful opportunity for the clergy and laity
of the church to interact with one another, discuss the similarities and differences in their parishes, help one
another with suggestions, and just plain get to know each other.
Sobors can take place at times other than the designated every three years. A Special Sobor may be called in
the case of an emergency in the church.
The Sobor holds a special place in the workings of our Church because it provides the people the opportunity
to voice their concerns, opinions, and ideas.
In 2004, at the 17th Regular Sobor, the first Youth Sobor was instituted. This special program was developed
to help the youth of the church gain a better understanding of how the church works and to lend their voice to
the decision making for the present and the future.
The 19th Regular Sobor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA will take place in 2010.
2004 Youth Sobor
2007 Youth Sobor