Young Adult League (Y.A.L.)
The mission of the Greek Orthodox Young Adult League (G.O.Y.A.L., or Y.A.L.) Ministry is to cultivate and educate our young adults, leading all persons to the fullness of the Faith and Likeness of God, through the example of it's patron saint, Saint Stephen the Protomartyr.
Consequently, young adults must be integrated into the active life of the Orthodox Church on all levels; Parish, Diocesan, and Archdiocesan; dedicated to serving the Church, it's missions and ministries.
A successful Young Adult League (Y.A.L.) creates a setting where Young Adults grow spiritually through experiencing and living the four characteristics which symbolize the Y.A.L. movement. Namely, Worship (Liturgia), Witness (Martyria), Service (Diakonia), and Fellowship (Koinonia).
Using these four characteristics, we will live a balanced Orthodox Christian life, growing in His likeness.
The four characteristics that provide and promote opportunities to grow are the following:
Liturgia (Worship) - Participation in the Divine Liturgy, the Holy Sacraments and other Worship services is a key part of ministry-sponsored events and activities. Worship services: Orthros, Vespers, Agiasmos, Divine Liturgy, Confession and other prayer services. Young adults can participate in: Epistle reading; sermonettes; choir; etc...
Martyria (Witness) - Through retreat discussions, conference workshops, and service activities, young adults are encouraged to be a Witness of our faith -- growing deeper in understanding and more committed in practice.
Workshops: Topical discussions concerned with social/moral issues; Hellenic College; LOGOS; missions; other Archdiocesan institutions. Sharing the faith and encourage development of G.O.Y.A.L. groups.
Diaconia (Service) - Service projects, whether on a national, regional or local level, provide opportunities for us to follow Christ's example of loving our neighbor. Projects: Community Outreach; Holy Cross mission workshops; mission canisters; etc...
Koinonia (Fellowship) - A central focus of all young adult activities is Fellowship with other Orthodox Christians. Hospitality along with events providing an informal atmosphere.
Agrippina the Martyr of Rome; Holy Martyrs Aristocleus the Priest, Demetrius the Deacon and Athanasius the Reader; The Holy New Archpriest Martyrs Gerasimus of Crete, Neophytos of Knossos, Joachim of Cherronisos, Hierotheos of Lampi, Zachariah of Sitia, Joachim of Petra, Gerasimos of Rethymno, Kallinikos of Kydonia, Melchizedek of Kissamos, Kallinikos of Diopolos, and those Martyred with Them (1821-1822); Mark, Bishop of Ephesus; Etheldreda the Queen