UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ—Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, presided over an exceptional event at the home of Vahe and Talyn Chaglasian in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey on Saturday, March 23. The theme of the evening, “The Prelacy of the People,” was designed to bring members of the community together, especially young couples, to discuss new ideas and programs to keep families and the youth involved in the Armenian church.
A video about Prelacy projects, prepared by the Prelacy’s communications department, showcased the Prelacy’s local, national and international programs that led to many questions and suggestions that the Prelate happily addressed and noted for consideration and action. The intimate and beautiful setting of the Chaglasian home encouraged guests to express their willingness and desire to help the Prelacy and the church. For example, one of the ideas expressed was to make more of an effort to engage our youth and young families in the social media age where online presence is critical. Archbishop Anoushavan agreed and said there are plans to have more educational and entertaining offerings online. He also stated that the Prelacy staff actively maintains its various social media accounts, and he encouraged everyone to “like” and “follow” the Eastern Prelacy on Facebook and Instagram, as well as sign up to receive the Prelacy’s weekly e-newsletter, Crossroads.
Guests from New York and New Jersey, as well as from the Philadelphia community, attended the evening and pledged to help organize similar events in their communities to continue the dialogue and encourage more young families to get involved.
Archbishop Anoushavan thanked Talyn and Vahe for organizing this successful inaugural event and thanked them for their initiative and leadership by presenting them a Certificate of Merit. The text of the certificate reads, in part, “Thank you for your devotion to the future of the Armenian Prelacy and your support of its mission of service.”
As the evening came to an end, the Prelate and the hosts expressed the hope that this evening would be the first of many such events to encourage open conversation and dialog.