After-School & Adult Courses
Description: To be an Orthodox Christian is to understand that our faith is not restricted to a set of rules, or books, or even ideas. Our faith is a living faith, one that is brought to life by our actions in the world. It follows then, that we must understand what it means to truly be living the faith. It is this goal that this book club, moderated by our headmaster, Father John Somers, works toward achieving.
In this book club, we read various works of spiritual literature and discuss how we can practically apply the words of the enlightened evangelists, apostles, and other fathers to our daily lives. Past works have included works by St. Ephraim the Syrian, St. Athanasius the Great, St. Cyril of Alexandria, St. Nektarios of Pentapolis, Archbishop Averky Taushev, and St. Ignatius Brianchaninov. Currently, the book club is making its way through the epistles of St. Paul. Join us, engage in some Orthodox fellowship, and God-willing, help your faith come alive!
Price: $65/month. All profits go to the scholarship fund!
Times: Wednesdays and Fridays, 7:30-8:30PM ET
Description: What is apologetics? Simply put, apologetics seeks to provide a systematic defense of Orthodox theology. In our times, in the midst of so many assaults against the Church, we can see how a firm grounding in Orthodox apologetic theology is so important. Our flock needs to know the doctrines of our Faith. Yet, we need more than this. We need to foster an Orthodox worldview. We need to equip ourselves with the ability to defend the Faith, to not be intimidated in the face of what Saint Paul calls “knowledge falsely so called.” (I Timothy 6:20).
Are you a parent struggling to answer your child’s questions about the Faith? Perhaps you’re a college student finding yourself unable to respond to professors’ and peers’ critiques of religion. Or maybe you’re an adult who simply never had those persistent questions about Orthodoxy answered.
In the first six-week module, we’ll be discussing the following topics:
- Introduction to apologetics and the Orthodox understanding of knowledge
- A defense of the existence of God
- A defense of the existence of the soul and free will
- Orthodox responses to Marx, Freud, and Darwin
Subsequent modules will address Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism, and other topics.
Time: Sundays 7-8 PM EST
Dates: 10/16/22-11/20/22 (6 Weeks)
Price: $125 per household. All proceeds benefit the SJDOEI Scholarship fund!