74th Annual Union of Youth Festival

Welcome to the 74th Annual USCC Union of Youth Festival!

Growing our community from a distance – Издали растёт наша община

Saturday, May 22 & Sunday, May 23, 2021 – hosted virtually on Zoom

Приветствуем вас на семьдесять четвёртый фестиваль Союза Молодежи, Союза Духовных Общин Христа.

Access pre-recorded performances and greetings: USCC Union of Youth Council YouTube account

Saturday, May 22, 2021

10:00 to 10:45 AM (PT) – Neobaba Wisdom Presents: Learn a Psalom

Facilitator Ellie Davidoff, along with NeoBaba Wisdom creators Natasha Jmieff and Garry Tarasoff, welcome families with young children (under 10 years) to connect with friends, develop new relationships, and learn how to recite a traditional Doukhobor psalom.

11:00 to 11:45 AM (PT) – Community from a Distance: A Historical Perspective

This presentation by Jonathan Kalmakoff examines Doukhobor history in Russia and early Canada and the challenges created by distance in creating and maintaining community.

2:00 to 2:45 PM (PT) – Memories of a Doukhobor Life

Author Vera Maloff presents her book, “Our Backs Warmed by the Sun: Memories of a Doukhobor Life”.

3:00 to 3:45 PM (PT) – Doukhobor Prayers: A Psalm Panel

Join our five-person panel as they each present a different psalom and discuss what it means to them.

4:00 to 4:45 PM (PT) – Chai & Chat

What does “growing our community from a distance” mean to you? Facilitator Wendy Voykin will lead this audience-driven discussion around the Festival theme.

YOUTH! Login to this session to meet and connect with other young Doukhobors in a Breakout Room session facilitated by Leeza Perehudoff.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

9:30 AM to 12:00 PM (PT) – Moleniye / Prayer Meeting

Our moleniye, or prayer meeting, will be led by the USCC Spiritual Cultural Development Committee. Please login between 9:30 and 10:00 AM to greet participants and receive tech. support. The moleniye will begin promptly at 10:00 AM. Women are asked to please wear a shawl, or headscarf, if possible.

Couples will then receive a traditional Doukhobor marital blessing, before we conclude the 74th Annual USCC Union of Youth Festival with closing remarks and an open discussion.