Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Enrollment is Now Open; Summer Reading Update

Starting today, you can enroll (or re-enroll) for the new year of the School of the 70. The year runs from September 1, 2010 to June 1, 2011. Join us for nine months of learning about the Orthodox faith through reading, podcasts, biblical study, and much more!

Enrollment is FREE and open to all adults, including mature young adults who can handle the material. Your studies will earn you credits eligible for prizes at the end of the year.

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Summer Reading Program Update

The Summer Reading Program is coming to an end! All book reports are by August 31, 5 pm Central time. Remember, you'll receive 10 credits for reading three books (or two credits for each book if you don't read three). If you haven't read a book, it's not too late; check the summer reading list and start one today.

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One of the books I read this summer was "The Road to Emmaus: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life" by Jim Forest. This was a game-changing book for me. Jim encourages us to see all of life as a journey to the Kingdom and to see every day as an opportunity to serve others and to grow into Christlikeness. In the book, he discusses our actions along the way (prayer, fasting, almsgiving), spiritual "places" like cathedrals and geographical locales, and different sorts of journeys when one doesn't travel (like his own pilgrimage of illness--I highly recommend this chapter for all those who deal with chronic illness). The book contains many photos that go along with the text. I found this an easy and enchanting read; it was hard to put down!

Thanks to Jim Forest for the Emmaus icon photo at the top of this post!

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