Bible Bowl and Oratorical Festivals

2014 Oratorical Conference Theme:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and your neighbor as yourself. -Luke 10:27

Prepare a well-reasoned oration about loving God and your neighbor

Consider the Following:

  • How we express our love for God in our daily life through worship, witness, service, and fellowship.
  • What it means for you as a teenager here in North America to love God with all* your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind.
  • From your perspective, as an Orthodox Christian teenager living in North America, what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like for a teenager or an adult to love (agape**) one's neighbor as oneself. Distinguish between simply tolerating our neighbors, or merely accepting them as we may find them, and really loving our neighbor.
  • Specific examples of who our neighbors are.
  • Our Lord was quoting from the Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy 6:5, and to that text our Lord added this injunction "and your neighbor as yourself."
  • Love is so important that St. John the Apostle wrote, "He who does not love does not know God, for God is love." (1 John 4:8)
  • This Great Commandment taught to us by our Lord Jesus Christ, about loving God and our neighbor, is the same transfigured and concrete reality through which our Lord Jesus Christ Himself accomplishes the great work of salvation. God has expressed His Great Love for each of us in His ultimate Sacrifice on the Cross. God made this sacrifice for you and me in His desire that we be reunited with Him, and that we enter the Kingdom Of Heaven. It is through Christ that we all become brothers and sisters, through Christ that we all become neighbors.

* "With all" – literally means with our entire being, every moment of our life – when we are alone, when we are with our Church Friends, when we are with our school friends. At all times and in all aspects of our life.

**This verse speaks of agape: love which is correctly understood as charity (desiring good for others even to the point of self-sacrifice). Distinguish this from other notions of love, especially sentimental love.


2014 Bible Bowl: The Gospel of Luke

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Diocesan Contacts

Updated 3-22-13

Before you begin working on your Creative Festival entries, please check the individual rules for your Diocese at the bottom of this page.

Fellowship of St. John the Divine
Bible Bowl Advisor

John Abud
c/o St. George Orthodox Church
PO Box 320164
West Roxbury, MA 02132
617-323-0323 ext. 3

Fellowship of St. John the Divine
Oratorical Coordinator

Julie Anne Abboud
87 Woods Road
Little Falls, NJ 07424
973-812-0444 h



Bible Bowl

Ottawa, Eastern Canada, and
Upstate New York

Samantha Nassar

Karla Samman

New York and Washington D.C. /
Charleston and the Mid-Atlantic

Laila Ellias

Please contact Michelle Khalaf at by June 1st to register your teams.

Toledo and the Midwest

Lorice Ratas

Julia Shaheen

Amanda Burgoyne

Worcester and New England

Greg Abdalah
c/o St. George Cathedral
30 Anna St.
Worcester, MA 01604

Brendan Ferguson
47 Cedrus Ave.
Roslindale, MA 02131

Miami and the Southeast

Anastasia Quattry
829 River Boat Circle
Orlando, FL 32828-9113

Courtney Gray
2025 Erving Cir. Unit 4-202
Ocoee, FL 34761-6852

Wichita and Mid-America

Deadline for Bible Bowl Teams and Oratorical entries is May 31st.

Grace Tannous


Kh. Gigi Shahid
1814 Oakhurst Parkway
Sugar Land, TX  77479
(316) 204-7964

2014 DOWAMA Bible Bowl Registration Form (PDF)

Los Angeles and the West/Eagle River and the Northwest
Deadline Date: June 10th

Amanda Sahawneh

Robin Nicholas
323-665- 2845 h
213-200-7575 c
4237 Dundee Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90027

* Oratorical Submission Deadline is Two Weeks before each Parish Life Conference. Contact each diocesan coordinator for more details.

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