“Why is the UOL important?”
Somehow, everyone acknowledges that the Junior UOL has a major function, that it is needed. But the question is frequently asked: “why do we need a Senior UOL chapter when we have the Church Committee, Sisterhood, and other organizations within the church. The UOL is just
another organization similar to those already existing in our local parish.” I am always inspired by individuals who attend the Convention for the first time. They, like the Juniors, always clearly recognize that the main purpose is to have a community larger than one’s own parish. To have a family that is more than the nuclear family or parish community. To gain enthusiasm, empathy and love from those who live far away, but are experiencing the same daily struggles we face in our life as Orthodox Christians. Somehow, after attending many Conventions, we lose sight of that vision and fail to recognize the beauty of the UOL.