ADULT CLASSES

Classes meet on Wednesdays (as listed below), 7-8:30pm.
Everyone is welcome to attend! Childcare provided.

 

C.S. Lewis, Anonymous Orthodox?  |  May 8 - 29, 2019
Taught by Lee Webb

Many of us have been deeply influenced by the works of C.S. Lewis, including Mere Christianity and The Chronicles of Narnia.  In his essay "C.S. Lewis, an 'Anonymous Orthodox'?", Metropolitan Kallistos Ware writes that Lewis's 'thinking is often profoundly in harmony with the patristic and Orthodox standpoint.  Starting from Western premises, he reached conclusions that an Orthodox Christian can wholeheartedly endorse."  Ware highlights "four significant points of convergence between Lewis and Orthodoxy," which will form the basis of our four sessions.

May 8           The Hiddenness of God

May 15         The Doctrines of Incarnation and Trinity

May 22         The Sacramental Character of Creation

May 29         The Vocation and Destiny of the Human Person


Praxis: The Practice of Orthodoxy  |  June 12 - July 17, 2019

Christian faith is not merely an intellectual exercise. Right living is an inseparable companion to right belief. This will be a practical, "how-to" course on many aspects of Orthodox Christian living.

June 12         Introduction; Observing the Church Calendar (Taught by Fr Jeremy)

June 19         Serving Other through Works of Mercy (Taught by Dave Bukenhofer)

June 26         Fasting (Taught by Tom Miller)

July 3            Worship (Taught by Fr Jeremy)

July 10          Private Prayer (Taught by Lukas Wilson)

July 17          Reading the Scriptures (Taught by Tom Hoyt)


The Creed  |  July 31 - October 2, 2019
Taught by Fr Jeremy

The Nicene Creed summarizes Orthodox Christian beliefs concisely, comprehensively and beautifully. We will learn the basic tenets of our Faith by studying the Nicene Creed in depth, line by line.

July 31                  “I believe in one God…”

August 7                The Father and the Son

(August 14             No Class)

August 21              The Incarnation of the Son

August 28              The Hypostatic Union: Jesus Christ is 1 Person in 2 Natures

September 4          Christ’s Crucifixion and How it Saves Us

September 11        Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension

September 18        The Holy Spirit and the Church

(September 25       No Class)

October 2               Christ’s Second Coming and Eternal Kingdom

 

Sacrifice in the Bible & Christian Life  |  November 6 - December 18, 2019
Taught by Fr Jeremy

Sacrifice is central to the message of the Bible.  Today we rarely speak of it, since it carries such intensely negative connotations.  Yet sacrifice shouldn't be scary to us!  In ancient times, it was a precious and meaningful gift, welcoming God into the lives of His people.

We will take a fresh look at the sacrifices of the Old Testament and their fulfillment in Christ.  We will then consider how Christ's sacrifice bears fruit in us today, in the offerings we make to God.

November 6           Sacrifice as a Welcoming Gift

November 13         The Old Testament Sacrifices

(November 20        No Class)

November 27         Christ Fulfills Them All

December 4           He Transforms Us Into Pure Sacrifices

December 11         Christians Offer the Sacrifice of Praise

December 18         Christians Offer the Sacrifice of Their Lives


The Sacraments  |  January 8 - February 19, 2020
Taught by Fr Jeremy

The Sacraments are Mysteries that reveal the hidden reality of God; they are Sacrifices that invite His work into our lives. Through them God lovingly condescends to make the things of this world spiritually healing.

January 8           Sacraments as Mystery and Sacrifice

January 15         Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism and Chrismation

January 22         The Eucharist

January 19         Confession

(February 5        No Class)

February 12        Marriage and Monasticism

February 19        Ordination and Unction


Liturgy & Worship  |  January 2 - 31, 2019

Liturgy and ritual do not come as naturally to us as they did to ancient Christians. Yet we are drawn to their solemnity, stability and depth. We will learn the basic principles and structure of Orthodox Liturgy, and how to get the most out of participating in it.

January 2      The Mysteries of the Church Calendar

January 9      The Daily Cycle of Services; Vespers

January 16    Orthros

January 23    The Divine Liturgy

January 30    Participation in Liturgical Prayer


Death and Afterlife | Intro to Orthodoxy

 

 

HOLY ASCENSION ORTHODOX CHURCH  •  3350 12th Ave. NE  •  Norman, OK  73071

A parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.