Our Dream for the Church
We, the Youth and Young Adult Observers of the 11th All American Council and members of the Orthodox Church in America have a dream for our Church. We would like a united Church with an identity reflecting Orthodox life in America. A Church . . .
- that is growing where all are welcome.
- that is humble and whose members live and pray in harmony.
- whose members know about and are prepared to explain our faith.
- whose members reach out to the community.
- that is understanding of and compassionate towards the problems of modern life.
- where everyone is seen as equal in the eyes of God.
- where sin is condemned, and not the sinner.
- that is true to her liturgical traditions.
- that works toward the unity of its people where various traditions are respected.
- that worships in a language the people understand.
- where both adults and kids learn.
- where youth have something to say and are heard.
- where worship continues into daily life.
- where laity and clergy work together within their own church and among area churches.
- where diocesan parishes have love for each other.
- that is opened to newcomers and converts.
- that is known to the world by its works and witness to the Gospel.
- that perseveres in the face of struggle.
- whose main goal is seeking salvation.
- whose members are thankful for their Orthodox faith.
Prepared by the Youth and Young Adult Observers of the 11th All American Council in Chicago, IL July 16–22, 1995