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We are thrilled to have the continuing support of the hierarchs of Northern California for the continuing education we offer in the form of mini Orthodox Institutes. The three hierarchs, Bishop Joseph, Bishop Benjamin, and Metropolitan Gerasimos have encouraged training on a pan-Orthodox level, and are fully supportive of the ministry of Orthodox Christian Education. Their words lift us up, and we are honored to join them in the common goal of passing on the faith. Here is the letter read at the September event in San Francisco.
These notes are from a presentation by His Grace Bishop THOMAS at Orthodox Institute 2009, Antiochian Village Heritage and Learning Center, Bolivar, Pa., November 5-8, 2009. Download a printer-friendly version.
Parents, take the initiative to find out what your children are learning in Church School. Build upon the weekly lessons at home with supplemental teaching.
Mark your calendars for next year's Conference: March 31-April 3, 2011.
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"Of all the holy works, the education of children is the most holy." - St Theophan the Recluse
“Of all holy works, the education of children is the most holy.” - St. Theophan the Recluse
“Father, please talk to my son, I don't know what to do....” I have heard this before but this was different this conversation renewed my perception of education.... The Teenager was feeling sheltered and struggling to be kind to his parents in the midst of the transition to college and adulthood.
In the Orthodox Church, there are a lot of customs and traditions that are important parts of our worship. Some are cultural; some are pious customs. Some are essential; some are not. From time-to-time, we need to address some of these various etiquette issues to inform our communities how we can best understand each other and work together to worship the all-holy Trinity.
My son Timothy, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived.
Much of the Southeast suffered an ice storm this past December. The southeast does not ‘do’ ice or snow very well. We spent four days without power. The evening of the third day (Saturday) we went to stay with parishioners who had had their power restored. As we sat around the dining table. Ali (a bright eleven year old) asked the question.
Orthodox parents are given by God the responsibility of raising their children as 0rthodox Christians. This task to be sure, is a difficult one. Parents must make a commitment not only to become active in the Church but also make one to the religious education of their children.
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.
A number of years ago, I received an interesting call from a concerned parishioner. The previous week’s bulletin had run an announcement that Church School registration would begin soon, and that parents or grandparents of all children ages four and up should register their children.