With the Metropolia Center bustling with activity as preparations were underway for the St. Thomas Sunday weekend festivities, the second day of the annual Metropolitan Council meeting convened with a short prayer and the blessing of the hierarchs.

First on the day’s agenda was an update on the progress of the Strategic Plan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A.  His Eminence Metropolitan Antony opened the discussion explaining how impressed he was with the regular meetings and updates.  While the plan is still in its opening phase, it has already produced a number or positive results. The work completed thus far, has reenergized and awoken the faithful, allowing the Holy Spirit to work through them as agents of change, growing and revitalizing the Church. There is nothing “revolutionary” in the Strategic Plan, it is merely a means of organizing ideas that were proposed and agreed upon by the Strategic Plan Committee members, composed of the faithful of the UOC of the USA, from various walks of life, various age groups, and various backgrounds.

hak, and Lisa Ryan, presented the various goals. While some are merely starting to get off the ground, others are already producing results.  The Goals are as diverse as the faithful of the Church, covering various aspects from Administration, Communication, Leadership, Education, Outreach, Stewardship, Clergy and Technology.