ADULT CLASSES

 

Classes meet on Wednesdays (as listed below), 7-8:30pm,
and are taught by Fr Jeremy unless otherwise noted.
Everyone is welcome to attend! Childcare provided.

 

The Lord of the Rings and the Spiritual Life  |  May 23 - June 27, 2018  

The Ring of Power must be destroyed, so a simple life is transformed into a heroic quest. J.R.R. Tolkein’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy illustrates Christian truths. We will use it as a springboard for discussing Orthodox Christian spiritual concepts. Familiarity with the movies (and, if possible, the original books) will be beneficial for participants in this class. 

May 23      Introduction: Song & Story

May 30      One Ring to Rule Them All: The Temptation of Power

June 6       Evil Twists Nature

(June 13 No class)

June 20     Fellowship: The Help of Others and Its Limits

June 27     The Spiritual Life as Quest and Struggle


From Evangelical Conviction to Orthodox Faith  |  July 11-25, 2018

Taught by David Bukenhofer 

Evangelical Christians are deeply committed to the Holy Scriptures, and to sharing their faith in Christ with others. This course will consider these convictions and bring them into dialogue with a more ancient perspective—one that considers what Christians who lived shortly after St. Paul believed about these topics. Our goal will be to reflect on what serious, committed followers of Christ from many centuries ago believed, and why their perspective might be important for us today. 

July 11     A Fulfillment, Not a Renunciation

July 18     What Does It Mean to be “Saved”?

July 25     Scripture through the Lens of the Ancient Faith


The Creed  |  August 1 - September 19, 2018

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.

August 1          “I believe in one God…”

August 8          The Father and the Son

August 15        The Incarnation of the Son

August 22        The Hypostatic Union: Jesus Christ is 1 Person in 2 Natures

August 29         Christ’s Crucifixion and How it Saves Us

September 5     Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension

September 12   The Holy Spirit and the Church

September 19 Christ’s Second Coming and Eternal Kingdom


Praxis: The Practice of Orthodoxy  |  October 3 - 24, 2018

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.

October 3         Prayer

October 10       Fasting

October 17       Serving Others through Works of Mercy

October 24       Reading the Scriptures


The Sacraments  |  November 7 - December 19, 2018

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.

November 7        Sacraments as Mystery and Sacrifice

November 14      Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism and Chrismation

(November 21 No class)

November 28      The Eucharist

December 5        Confession

December 12      Marriage and Monasticism

December 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