As the largest national organization of Ukrainian Orthodox women in Canada, we seek to unite women as a community, striving for spiritual, cultural and intellectual growth, and the development of social action. All Ukrainian and Orthodox women, their family members and adherents are invited to respond to the call – knowing that their actions contribute to the life and vitality of the Church, family, and community.
Women from all walks of life are called forth to witness the life of Christ by constantly being in touch with the movement of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Involvement in the SOYUZ offers women a deeper appreciation of the Ukrainian Orthodox life in Canada through faith.
SOYUZ (UWAC) is a true reflection of the options expressed on a variety of issues, studied and research at the grassroots , resulting in formulation of resolutions (since 1926). Uniquely Canadian in democratic structure, and in keeping with our motto, self reliance, self determination, self assurance, resolutions are presented annually by the Ukrainian Woman’s Association of Canada, Calgary Branch to the Provincial Convention, and through the Convention, bi-ennially to the Ukrainian Self Reliance League of Canada’s National Convention.
As participants in the life of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (www.ucc.ca), SOYUZ speaks to Ukrainian Canadian issues, and as members of the National Council of Women of Canada (a non-governmental organization given historic significance status in 2001 www.ncwc.ca), Soyuz works to improve the lives of women, children and communities in Canada.
As faithful lay members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (www.uocc.ca) , SOYUZ supports, promotes and preserves the church, acting with Christian Charity in all its policies and actions.
SOYUZ is very much a gift to all Ukrainian Orthodox women. As SOYUZ
We invite all Ukrainian and Orthodox women to journey with us in a sisterhood of faith, fun and fulfillment.
Meetings at our parish level are held monthly at St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Cultural Centre on 404 Meredith Road NE Calgary, either on a Sunday after the Liturgy, or on a Monday (joining our local branch of TYC – men’s club - Ukrainian Self Reliance Association for supper first) evening.
As a community
lay group, the public impact of Soyuz is broad-based, affecting both the
participation side in terms of those who are administering, producing,
teaching, museum-touring (www.umc.sk.ca) , serving and other aspects.
Marketing SOYUZ in this manner is full of complexity, as our community is constantly changing. We maintain a constant presence, however little energy is expended on membership services and maintaining our volunteer relationships. Please indulge us in this, and join our efforts.
Our open call
policy also extends to all members of our congregation community. We post our
notices in several weekly bulletins, seasonal newsletters, and all are free to
respond if they like. This has brought a vast array and range of talented
people in to episodic volunteering in our community, who return again and again
and often make the transition into the more traditional, challenging leadership
or administration roles.