INTRODUCTION TO ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY
Tuesdays 7:00-9:00PM, Fall 2021

DATE

TOPIC

INSTRUCTOR

September 14 Introduction TBA
September 21

God - Holy Trinity

TBA

September 28

Mankind - Creation, the Fall, Messiah

TBA

October 5

Christ I - Incarnation, Theotokos and Saints

TBA

October 12

Christ II - His Work and Teachings

TBA
October 19

Church I - Birth, Mission, Structure

TBA

October 26

Church II - Tradition, Bible, Creeds, Councils

TBA

November 2 Sacraments I - Baptism, Chrismation, Confession

TBA

November 9 Sacraments II - Eucharist, Unction

TBA

November 16 Sacraments III- Marriage, Ordination (& Monasticism) TBA
November 23 Missions – Making Disciples of All Nations TBA
November 30 The Goal - Second Coming & Living the Christian Life TBA
     
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);
Toolkit for Spiritual Growth: A Practical Guide to Prayer Fasting, and Almsgiving
by Fr. Evan Armatas (2020)

     
COST
FREE (Sponsored by Clergy Association)
 
LOCATION
Virtual via Zoom. If we move to in-person, classes will take place at St. George Greek Orthodox Church
 
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INSTRUCTORS

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. He recently received a Master Certificate from North Park University in Chicago, IL in Church Administration. Fr. Perry previously served Holy Trinity GOC in Waterbury, CT and the Annunciation GOC in Buffalo, NY.

Fr. Timothy Sas “in September of 1993… began undergraduate education at the University of Saskatchewan, but transferred in September 1994 to the University of Manitoba primarily to be able to start taking courses concurrently and participate in the student life at St. Andrew’s Seminary in Winnipeg, Manitoba. …[He] remained in Winnipeg until… graduation from St. Andrew’s Seminary in 1998… …In August 1998… [he] moved to Winona, Minnesota at St. Mary’s University where… [he] completed a master’s degree…” He was ordained to the diaconate and the priesthood in 1999. He served St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis from 2002-2004. He began serving the church of the Twelve Holy Aposltes (GOA) in 2005 where he continues to serve today. “Beyond parish work,… [he has] been blessed to work with [the] national office of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship…”

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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