Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Attend this Webinar for credit

From the "Parish Pulse," the newsletter of the OCA Diocese of the Midwest.

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Wednesday May 20, 2009 2:00 PM CDT/3:00 PM EDT

Recent Changes in the American Religious Landscape - Fr. Basil Aden

Our American culture is rapidly changing. To be effective, our mission and ministry needs to comprehend and apply itself to this new landscape.

This webinar will overview the profound changes in American religious affiliation as well as the ever-widening range of religious beliefs that Americans are entertaining. It will give perspectives on parish action in context of the results of three recent surveys:

* the Pew Forum's U.S. Religious Landscape Survey of 2007.
* the Baylor Institute's 2006 "Survey of American Piety in the 21st Century"
* the Patriarch Athenagoras Institute Survey of Orthodoxy in America conducted in 2007 and 2008.

Father Aden is a priest of the diocese as well as Associate Professor of Philosophy (Religious Studies) at Rock Valley College in Rockford IL where he teaches courses on Religion in America, Introduction to Religion, Sacred Writings (scriptures) of World Religions, and World Religions. His focus is on contemporary issues of religion in America and the world.
More info
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Attend this webinar and earn 3 credits. After listening to the webinar, simply fill out the "Events, Seminars, Workshops" worksheet at left and submit it to me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Podcast: Metropolitan Jonah

Ancient Faith Radio has started a new podcast called "Conversations with Metropolitan Jonah." You can read more about it, along with subscription and listening information, here.

Podcasts are a great way to learn about the Orthodox faith! You can listen on your computer or download the podcasts to MP3 players (like an iPod) to take along in your car or to listen to at home or on a walk. They are like mini-lectures and radio broadcasts. It's so encouraging to hear others talk about their faith or to hear the great teachers of Orthodoxy explain the faith. Typically, most podcasts are short--under 30 minutes--an easy-to-listen-to length!

And now, you can earn credit for listening! Each podcast you listen to is worth 1 credit. Simply listen to the podcast, fill out the Podcast Worksheet (downloadable under Worksheets and Study Guides, at left) and return it to me. I'll post your credit when I receive your work.

So please check out this podcast, along with others listed under the Podcasts header at left. You'll be glad that you did! God bless your listening.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Second Certificate Awarded!

The School of the 70 awarded its second certificate this past Sunday, April 26 to Mark, who has earned 52 credits (as of April 12). The certificate was presented to Mark by Father Andrew after the Divine Liturgy. God bless you for your endeavors, Mark!

School Year Coming to a Close

The LAST DAY to turn in credits for the 2008-2009 school year is MAY 24, 2009. NO credits will be accepted after May 24, so save them for next term (Sept 2009-June 2010).

Some of you are VERY close to a 25-credit certificate. I emailed the credit tallies out to each person before Pascha (if you have not earned any credits, you did not get an email). These are still the current numbers. Check and see how close you are. Then work to complete your 25 credits! If you need another tally of your credits, please email me.

Participation certificates, pins and awards will be distributed after Liturgy on May 31, 2009, when other Christian education awards are made.

Everyone who earned at least 1 credit will get a participation certificate and a pin. Those earning no credits will not be recognized. Those earning 25 or more credits will receive the usual 25-credit certificate (if they have not received it yet) and maybe something extra. The person receiving the most credits of all students will be awarded the school prize, the giant Russian ikon of Christ.

The finish line approaches. Ready-set-go! God bless you as you race to your personal goal....

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Prayer of the Week and Instant Bible Study: The Annunciation

Here is the latest Prayer and Study from Father Andrew. To receive 1 credit for this activity, e-mail your response to both Father Andrew, oandrey(at)stlukeorthodox(d0t)com and myself, else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. See the answers next week on the St. Luke Web site.

Prayer
Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy
O Lord we celebrate Your conception, for You took flesh from a pure virgin and became one of us. You became flesh so You could condemn sin so that we who were dead in Adam are now alive in You. We pray in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Bible Verse
Luke 1:30-31 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.

Bible Question
What is theologically significant about the Annunciation?