Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Continue to Earn Credits! And New Podcasts!

Don't want to stop learning?

There are two ways to earn credits this summer.

1) You can participate in our summer reading program, which earns you credits NOW.

2) You can do ANY OTHER credit activity with credits awarded September 1. That is, credits earned will be awarded to you during the next school term (in this case, September 2010-June 2011) and only if you enroll for the September-June term.

So, what are you waiting for? Here are some exciting podcasts to listen to and get you started.

The Head that Bows. On Theologically Thinking, enjoy a reading of one of Fr. Stanley Harakas' essays originally written for the National Herald entitled "The Head that Bows." Listen now.

How to be Culturally Savvy. On Special Moments in Orthodoxy, Khouria Maggie Hauck will discuss how to be culturally savvy as an Orthodox Christian. Listen now.

Discussing the Holy Apostles. On Just Thinking, join Fr. Chris and Fr. Alkiviades Calivas as they discuss the Holy Apostles. Listen now.

Receive one credit for each podcast you listen to. Listen, fill out the podcast worksheet, and email it back to Else10 (at) gmail (dOT) com. Your credit will be awarded September 1.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

"Whys and Whats of the Church" Podcast

This week on Theologically Thinking, enjoy a reading of one of Fr. Stanley Harakas' essays originally written for the National Herald entitled "The “Whats and Whys” of our Church." Today we learn about Litanies. What is the most frequently repeated phrase in the Divine Liturgy? Answer: "Lord, have mercy". What is the next most frequently repeated phrase? Answer: "Grant this, O Lord".What do these two phrases have in common? They are both responses to sets of petitions that make up the "Litanies."

Listen here.

You can receive summer credit for listening to this podcast and filling out the podcast worksheet. E-mail your finished work to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com and receive 1 credit. Download the podcast worksheet.

"LOST" Podcast -- An Orthodox Perspective

Here's an Orthodox podcast of interest for all those who follow the TV series "LOST."

This week on Just Thinking, join Fr. Chris and Terry Mattingly as they discuss the final episode of television phenomenon “LOST”.

Listen here.

You can receive summer credit for listening to this podcast and filling out the podcast worksheet. E-mail your finished work to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com and receive 1 credit. Download the podcast worksheet.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

2010 Summer Reading Program starts NOW!

The summer reading program begins tomorrow, June 6! Read three of the four books below and you can earn 10 credits applied to next year's (2010-2011) School of the 70.

The program runs June 6 to August 31, 2010. Fill out the General Books Worksheet for each book. All homework is due no later than 5 pm CST August 31. No late homework will be accepted. Questions? E-mail Else Tennessen at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Featured books this summer:

An Extraordinary Peace: St Seraphim, Flame of Sarov
By Archimandrite Lazarus Moore
Order from Anaphora Press.
This is the definitive biography in English of one of the most famous and best-loved saints of the Orthodox Church. From firsthand accounts of miracles, to deep discussions of spiritual practices and theology, this very detailed account of St Seraphim is a must-read.

The Lenten Spring
By Father Thomas Hopko
Order from Amazon.
It's never too early to reflect on or prepare for Lent. Here are 40 meditations on Lent, incorporating scriptural and liturgical passages, spiritual wisdom of the ancient saints and fathers, and modern guides to the Christian life.

The Road to Emmaus
By Jim Forest
Order from Amazon.
This book assists you to see your life as an opportunity for spiritual pilgrimage. Draws on the wisdom of the saints and Jim's own wide-ranging travels. See that being a pilgrim can be as simple as living day by day in a God-attentive way.

Courage to Pray
By Father Anthony Bloom
Order from St Vladimir Press.
The discovery of prayer, of man's relationship with God and the world, of faith and love, is what gives human beings hope and courage to pray. This little book points to that discovery as a guide for those who wish to end their isolation and enter into communion with God.

Download the Summer Reading Flyer (pdf).
Download the General Worksheet for Books (doc).

2009-2010 School Year Award Winners

The results are in, and here they are:

First place: Luba J., with 24 credits
Second place: Staci S., with 23 credits
Third place: a TIE! Jeff H. and William V. with 10 credits each

Prizes will go in the mail soon.

Thanks to all who participated in this school term.

The next term will begin September 1.

There is also a summer reading program. More on this later today.

God bless you as you learn and grow spiritually. May Christ be with you all this summer!