How To Use The NAB Religious Program
HOW TO USE THE NAB RELIGIOUS PROGRAM
The goal of Antiochian Women everywhere should be to continually strive for spiritual growth – in their churches, homes, workplaces, and leisure activities.
It is recommended that these programs be sent to each Chapter President (either via the Diocesan President or Diocesan Religious Coordinator) so they can be used on the local levels – either in a group or individually. Many women may feel more comfortable in a private setting rather than in a large group.
The NAB Religious Program will also be placed on the Antiochian Archdiocese’s website under www.antiochian.org/women.
If these religious programs are used in a group setting, the following activities are recommended:
1. Lectures – The women’s organization should invite their priest or a lay person to attend their meeting. Present them with a topic – suggested either by the NAB or from the local women – in order for them to prepare. Clergy may address women’s prayer lives, while lay persons can speak on a number of social/welfare issues (counseling services, right to life issues, etc.).
2. Retreats – These events may be held one or more times throughout the year depending on the size of the parish. The retreat may be held at an off-site location (monastery, conference facility), or on the church grounds over the course of a weekend. Topics should be chosen that meet the needs of the women (again, either via the NAB or suggestions from the local chapter).
3. Discussion Groups – These groups may be informal and based either on the NAB’s suggestions or ones of the local women’s choosing.
Feel free to discuss:
The lives of Women Saints and the importance of their works
Establishing a prayer life in the home
Bible passages relating to women
Feast days relating to the Theotokos
A “discussion group” may also include an “Orthodox Book Club” (where both wives and their husbands are invited).
Abbreviations for Titles of Women Saints