Adult Catechism

The purpose of the lessons in this course is to help each person grow in their love for God and the Church cultivating a deeper understanding of living as Orthodox Christians in the world. Participants will be invited to spend time during the week reading Scripture, meeting the saints, learning the hymns of the Church, and reinforcing the foundational teachings of the Faith all the while following the ecclesiastical calendar of the Orthodox Church.

One of our most important class routine will be a type of round-table discussion. In these discussions there will be a text or set of documents, some central questions, and a basic checklist of what will ultimately be the focus. This is an engaging systematic way of learning the material and a way for participants may explore questions. The written work and readings in this class will be in preparation for discussions which explore the topics of the day as guided by the facilitator.

OVERARCHING OBJECTIVE:
Grow in love for God and His Church through deeper knowledge of Theology, Scripture, Saints, History, and Spirituality in order to live and share the Word.

Orthodox Study Bible

Documents provided by the instructor: TBD.

*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.

Fr. George Dahdouh  was born in Sudan, Africa from an Egyptian/Syrian father and an Italian mother. He grew up in the Roman Catholic Church and was active in the ministries from his teen years. He traveled with priest and nuns on several mission trips in the Nuba Mountain of Sudan. When he finished high school, he left for Italy to attend Gregorian University of Rome with the goal to become a missionary in the Catholic Church. He also studied at the Studio Theologico Fiorentino, Florence, Italy focusing on philosophy and theology.  Afterwards he went to Kenya for two years for his novitiate and worked among the Pckot tribe. In December 1986 he married his wife of blessed memory, Manal (Mary/Mimi). They have two adult children Andrew and Mary Magdalene. Within their married life, they came to the Orthodox Faith, but continued to work in secular positions.  Fr. George worked for 10 years in banking and his wife and him owned their own catering business. In 1995, after finishing his my Bachelor in Christian Education from Felician University in NJ, he went on to graduate from St. Vladimir Orthodox Seminary in 1998 with an M.Div. He currently holds Doctor of Ministry Degree from Pittsburgh Theologian Seminary, class of 2013. He was ordained to the Diaconate on Pascha of 1997, and in July 6, 1997, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood. He has been a parish priest for a few Antiochian parishes and now lives in Houston, Texas where he attends St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. frgeorge2207@gmail.com

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with processor with a speed of 1 Ghz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do NOT recommending using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with an download/upload speed of 5/1Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebCam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.
WebCam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.
Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use.
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To download Zoom:

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

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