Christian Education


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The Antiochian Orthodox Department of Christian Education (AODCE) supports church school directors, teachers, parents, and all who participate in the work of Christian education on the local level. Read more. 

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NOTE: The Orthodox Christian Education Commission (OCEC) has a new address! For resources and information, visit: http://orthodoxchristianed.com/

 

FEATURED EVENT

Orthodox Institute 2014

2014 Orthodox Institute for Continuing Education in the Faith
Theosis: Your Life With God

A Weekend of Spiritual Renewal
October 30—November 2, 2014, at Antiochian Village
Contact: orthodoxinstitute2014@gmail.com, (717) 747-5221
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PLEASE NOTE: ALL LODGING AND MEAL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE SEPARATELY WITH THE ANTIOCHIAN VILLAGE. CALL (724) 238-3677 ext. 404.

Since last year our Orthodox Institute topic was the Church, with "Blessed is the Kingdom," as the theme, it seemed fitting to then address the spirituality and "renewing" of the persons who make up this Kingdom. We welcome you to join us as our presenters help us explore the meaning of Theosis. Through discussion of such topics as the Jesus Prayer and fasting, we will strive to acquire the proper tools to achieve our greatest potential as Christians: Communion with God.

 

FEATURED ARTICLE FOR DIRECTORS

Graduation Day (Robert J. Snyder)

Graduation Day- we look forward to it with great anticipation. It’s a rite of passage from adolescence to adulthood. This rite of passage maybe true for Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. Most great teachers will tell you that the schooling received prior to graduation is only a preparation for “learning to learn” and a lifetime of learning. And so it must be with Christian education.

FEATURED ARTICLE FOR TEACHERS 

Summer Liturgy

by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div.

The summer will be upon us soon and I'm sure we're thinking about vacations, relaxing, fewer or no car pools, lots of sunshine (very important for those of us in Ohio and other parts of the Midwest), a slower lifestyle, ball games, visits to the zoo and amusement parks, short trips to places of interest, working around the house, gardening, summer sports leagues, and more.

It seems to me that regardless of the time of year, we all have much for which to thank God, and as His creations, we need to worship our Creator. As you begin to fill the calendar with activities, try not to let Sunday Liturgies fall by the wayside! For those whose parishes conduct Church School during Liturgy, this is the time to help our children learn to worship and reinforce what was learned "about" worship in class. For all of us summer should be less stressful which should, in turn, enhance our participation in Liturgy. Some parishes even go to earlier "summer hours" so that families can have more of the day for summer fun. This is also a good time to visit nearby sister Orthodox parishes.

FEATURED ARTICLE FOR PARENTS 

Take the Summer Challenge!

It’s so easy to get caught up in our vacation plans and grow lazy in our church attendance and spiritual life during the summer months.  As the following story reveals, God never goes on vacation and we shouldn’t find excuses to take a vacation from church.  How can we continue on our journey with Christ during the summer months?  Try implementing some of the ideas below and use them for inspiration in finding additional ways to keep your family close to Christ! 

 

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