It was not just I who was treated coldly, but many
members of my parish, St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral.
My great grandparents were among the founding members of St. Demetrius parish, and I have attended this parish throughout my entire life.
My priest finally got so fed up with the way St. Andrew's treated our parish, he refused to have us volunteer to assist for services on St. Thomas Sunday for the blessing of the graves.
While many of our parishoners do speak Ukrainian, English is their first language, since they are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation Americans. Parishoners of St. Andrew's would speak about our parishoners in derogative terms in Ukrainian, thinking our people could not understand them. Imagine their surprise when they would be told to "watch who they talk about" in perfect Ukrainian by the people they were speaking ill of!
When I went there for their Babka sale during Pascha, I asked (in English) where the Babka sale was, and was told to go to a tool shed.
I even know of Seminarians from St. Sophia's Theological Seminary next door to the Cathedral who would not go to Liturgy on the Sunday mornings that they were in town, because they were uncomfortable with the Ukrainian nationalistic attitudes of the parishoners of St. Andrew's.
While the UOC-USA as a jurisdiction does promote the use of English and Ukrainian, the people at St. Andrew's do not.
I would like to think that my experience was an isolated incident by a few "bad apples." But after hearing testimony upon testimony over the years from different people of my parish and how they have been treated at St. Andrew's, I cannot help but have a bad taste in my mouth.
God forgive me for speaking ill of a sister parish, but I felt that I should speak the truth.