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The Department of Religious Education is about more than just "Sunday School"—we're committed to providing lifetime learning resources to equip the saints. This commitment is brought to life in the department's wide range of results-driven programs and initiatives. These initiatives are listed below and include brief descriptions and links to online resources.


Publications

Resource Catalog

The 2011–2012 Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog is available for download. The Department is now publishing the catalog every year. The current catalog includes more than 700 resources for adults, teachers, youth workers, parish youth, Vacation Church School programs, children’s books, prayer books, multimedia resources, icons, gifts and more. The catalog is mailed to all clergy, Church School directors/teachers and individuals on the department's mailing list.

To order, please call the Department of Religious Education at (800) 566-1088. You may also download a fillable order form, complete it, and e-mail it to religioused@goarch.org or fax it to (617) 850-1489.

PRAXIS Magazine

The department publishes PRAXIS, a periodic magazine that links the local parish, home and national Religious Education department. The magazine’s format focuses on “total parish education” and includes catechetical material, religious home school lessons, leadership development, Internet reviews, and continuing education for Greek Orthodox Christians of all ages. Annual subscriptions (3 issues) are $15.00 (US). Two-year subscriptions are $27 (US).

Interactive Multimedia Projects

Interactive multimedia are computer-based presentations that provide a rich educational opportunity that can be used by anyone at any time. Our Interactive Multimedia offerings now include two recent releases:

  • Our fourth interactive multimedia CD-ROM: Crown Them With Glory and Honor: The Orthodox Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. This CD explores the sacrament of marriage and includes many advanced features.
  • Our first online multimedia program: Learn Byzantine Chant. This project teaches Byzantine hymns and includes extensive information about twenty-one of the Orthodox Church's most important feasts.

Programs

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St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival

Now in its 29th year, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival is an annual speech competition that is open to Orthodox youth in junior or senior high school. Elementary school students can participate at the parish level. An Oratorical Festival Foundation provides college scholarships to the top three national finalists in each division (in the amounts of $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000), and $500 U.S. Savings Bonds to all other national finalists.

Religious Education Workshops

The Director of Religious Education conducts Adult Retreats, Religious Education Teacher Workshops, and Leadership Training Seminars throughout the Archdiocese.