Supraśl, Poland, February 15, 2022
Young adults from around the world are invited to attend A World Gathering of Orthodox Youth in Supraśl at the Orthodox Academy and the Monastery of the Annunciation. The event will take place between July 18 and July 24, 2022.
The seven-day event will explore the theme, “Go and bear fruit” (John 15:6) through workshops, lectures, plays, film, music, and fellowship activities. Hosted by His Beatitude Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland, the gathering is designed to bring young adults together from around the world. The event is being organized by an international team of young adults and youth workers working in conjunction with the Fellowship of Orthodox Youth in Poland.
“Our goal is to provide young people who are committed to their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ with an opportunity to experience the unity and universality of the One Holy Orthodox Church,” said Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak, Supraśl 2022 director.
A multi-track format will explore topic areas, including:
- Youth Ministry;
- Theology of Creativity;
- Liturgical and Folk Music;
- Orthodoxy and Ecology;
Workshops will include hands-on activities which can be applied in local parish communities on topics of practical importance:
- Being Orthodox: living as a minority or majority
- Called to missions: the experience of being a missionary
- Creative arts as mission
- Youth ministry: how to communicate, listen to and reach youth
- Ecological projects for individuals, families and parishes
- Understanding human creativity
- Discussing and teaching about moral issues
- Responding to those of other faith traditions
“Supraśl 2022 is the place to be this summer for devoted young adults,” said Archdeacon Joseph.
“We are confident Orthodox young adults from all corners of the world will find the gathering an excellent setting to learn, share ideas, explore common issues, and create new friendships, further developing their skills as leaders in their communities.”
A highlight of the programme will be the international debut of “Nobody Can Be A Number,” a dramatic performance based on the book Pearl of Great Price: The Life of Saint Maria of Paris by Sergei Hackel.
The heart of Supraśl 2022 will be worship and prayer. Participants will be able to attend the morning and evening monastic services at the Monastery of the Annunciation, as well as corporate morning and evening prayers with the gathering’s participants. Supraśl 2022 will conclude with the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, July 24.
Participants of Supraśl 2022 will also visit sacred and cultural sites in Eastern Poland, including the monastery of Saints Mary and Martha on the Holy Mountain of Grabarka and the Bialoweiza Forest, the oldest strictly preserved medieval forest in Europe.
Keynote presenters will be His Eminence Metropolitan Antonios of Zahleh, Lebanon (Antioch Patriarchate) and His Eminence Archbishop George of Wroclaw and Szczecin (Church of Poland).
Workshop leaders and presenters include Priest Spyros Tsimouris (Greece), Dr Dimitri Conomos (Great Britain), Dr Davor Dzalto (Sweden), Priest Hildo Bos (Netherlands), Spyridoula Fotinis (USA), Chris Vlahonasios (Australia), Steve and Theophani Sargianis (USA), Aleksander Wasyluk (Poland), and Riina Nguyen (Finland).
The International Society will be organizing liturgical music workshops and divine services for Orthodox Church Music (www.isocm.com).
Apply to attend Supraśl 2022: A World Gathering of Orthodox Youth.