Introduction to the Orthodox Christian Church: An Adult Catechism Class

Join Fr. Simeon Johnson for the Spring 2020 Catechism class:

ST. ANDREW GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH -CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – SPRING 2020, SESSION II

MARCH 4- APRIL 8, 2020 (class will meet at 7:30 pm on the dates below in the Presidents Room)

CATECHISM

 This class has a dual intention. For those for want to enter the Holy Orthodox Church through Baptism or Chrismation, it will serve as their basic preparation and will provide them with the essential information that they need to live within the Church. For those who are already Orthodox, this class will deepen and formalize their understanding and participation in their Faith.

 

CLASS OF MARCH 4                     Introduction and welcome

                                                            Source of the Faith: Revelation and Holy Tradition

                                                            Readings: Hopko, The Orthodox Faith:

                                                                                    Doctrine and Scripture, pp. 18-38

 

CLASS OF MARCH 11                   What we believe

                                                            Salvation and the Nicene Creed

                                                            Readings: Hopko, Doctrine and Scripture, pp. 40-129

 

CLASS OF MARCH 18                   Into the Church

                                                            Church tour

                                                            Icons

                                                            Reading: Hopko, The Orthodox Faith: Worship, pp. 16-28

CLASS OF MARCH 25                   Sacraments

                                                            Readings: Hopko, Worship, pp. 30-60

CLASS OF APRIL 1                        Worship: Cycles and Church Year

                                                            Readings: Hopko, Worship, pp. 62-143

 

CLASS OF APRIL 8                        Putting it all together: Christian Life

                                                            Prayer and Spiritual Life

                                                            Home and family – the Little Church

                                                            Handout

 BASIC COURSE TEXTS:

             Fr. Thomas Hopko, Orthodox Faith: Doctrine and Scripture. Yonkers, NY: St. Vladimir’s Press, 1981

            Fr. Thomas Hopko, Orthodox Faith: Worship. Yonkers, NY: St. Vladimir’s

Press, 1981.

            Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware), Orthodox Church. New York: Penguin Books, 2015.