INTRODUCTION TO ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY
Mondays 7:00-9:00PM, Winter 2020

DATE

TOPIC

INSTRUCTOR

January 6 Introduction
January 13

God - Holy Trinity

January 20

Mankind - Creation, The Fall, The Messiah

January 27

Christ I - Incarnation, Theotokos and Saints

February 3

Christ II - His Work and Teachings

February 10

Church I - Birth, Mission, Structure

February 17

Church II - Councils, Creeds, Bible, Tradition

February 24 Sacraments I - Baptism, Chrismation, Confession, Unction

March 2 NO CLASS - CLEAN MONDAY - 1ST DAY OF GREAT LENT
March 9 Sacraments II - Eucharist, Liturgy, Worship, Prayer

March 16 Sacraments III- Marriage and Monasticism
March 23 The Goal - Second Coming and Living the Christian Life
March 30 Conclusion - Review and Q&A
April 12 PALM SUNDAY
April 19 GREAT AND HOLY PASCHA
     
TEXTS

Introducing the Orthodox Church by Anthony Coniaris (1982);
The Orthodox Church by Kallistos Ware (5th ed. ,2015);
The Orthodox Way by Ware (rev. ed., 1995);
Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: Finding the Way to Christ in a Complicated Religious Landscape
by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick(2017 edition);

     
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Fr. George Dokos is pastor/priest of St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis (since 2014). He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmacy fis pastor/priest of St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis (since 2014). He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota (1995), a Masters of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (1999) and a PhD from the University of Thessaloniki (2010). He is married to Presvytera Christa and they have four children. Fr. George was ordained to Holy Diaconate (12-9-2001) and Holy Priesthood (4-28-2002) by Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver. He served Holy Trinity GOC in Dallas, TX (2001-04), Transfiguration GOC in Sioux Falls, SD (2007-08), and Sts. Peter & Paul GOC in Boulder, CO (2008-14).

Fr. Jason Houck serves as the Associate Pastor at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church (since Feb.2015). He graduated from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) with Bachelor’s Degree in Finance (1999). He is a graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Masters of Divinity with highest distinction 2005), He served a youth director at St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, NC (2005-2007). He earned a Masters of Theology (Th.M) in Biblical Studies and New Testament at Boston College (2012). After ordination to the priesthood, he served Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, of Washington, D.C. (2012 – 2015). He and his wife, Alexandra (also a Holy Cross graduate, 2007) have three children: Paul, Lydia and Silas.

Fr. Perry Kallis is pastor of St. George Greek Orthodox Christian Church in St. Paul, MN. He is a graduate of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Bachelors & Master of Divinity) in Brookline, MA. Fr. Perry previously served Holy Trinity GOC in Waterbury, CT and the Annunciation GOC in Buffalo, NY.

Deacon Jason Ketz serves at St Mary's Orthodox Cathedral (OCA) in Northeast Minneapolis. He holds a B.S. in Microbiology from Arizona State University (2003), and a Master of Divinity from St. Vladimir's Seminary (2012). A long-time resident of Fridley, MN, Dcn Jason is currently employed in the quality department at a local medical device company, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota..

Fr. John Mangels is pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in West St. Paul. He is convert from Catholicism and a graduate of St. Thomas Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado. He did post graduate work in Sacred Music at the University of Denver.

Fr. Jonathan Proctor has been priest/pastor of Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church in Saint Paul since 1990. He grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was baptized as an adult, and spent three years living in Athens, Greece, where he taught English. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand (BA) and St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary (MDiv 1990), New York, NY, and studied theology at the University of Athens, Greece. His wife Vera grew up in a Serbian priest family in Chicago, and they have two children.

Fr. Paul Hodge is an Archpriest of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of N. America.? He is attached to St. George Orthodox Church in West St. Paul, MN (since 2011). He holds degrees in Russian Language and Literature (B.A. Carleton College, Northfield, MN 1988), Soviet/Russian Studies (Master of International Affairs, Columbia Univ., New York, NY 1990), and Master of Divinity (St. Vladimir Seminary, Crestwood, NY 1993). Ordained in 1995 Fr. Paul has served St. Thomas parish in Sioux City, IA (2006-2011), St. George parish in Kearney, NE (2000-2005), St. Nicholas parish in Bridgeport, CT (1996-1997), and St. Elias parish in La Crosse, WI (1995-1996 as interim). He is married to Presvytera Amy and they have two kids, Elias and Faith.

Fr. Andrew Morbey is Dean of St Mary's Orthodox Cathedral in northeast Minneapolis. His degrees are in English (BA, MA, and PhD course work; Carleton University and University of Ottawa) and Theology (MDiv, ThM, and PhD course work; St. Vladimir's Seminary, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and at the University of Birmingham, UK). He taught various subjects in Theology at the University of St Paul in Ottawa, Canada 1998 - 2003 prior to moving to Minneapolis.

Fr. Thaddeus Wojcik is a retired priest who is attached to Holy Trinity OCA Church in St. Paul. He also serves at St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Cornucopia, WI. He is Dean Emeritus of the Minneapolis Deanery in the Midwest Diocese of the Orthodox Church of America. Currently, an Adjunct Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN (since 2005). He is a graduate of University of Minnesota (BA, 1964) and St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary (M.Div. 1968).

 

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