Catechism Level 5: God’s Presence in His Saints
Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: 7+
Schedule: 1x / week, 90 min.
Section 1: Fri. 12:30 p.m. ET with Fr. Nikolai Meyers
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We offer four levels of catechism classes, each on a two-year rotation. This allows students to take up to 8 years of catechism classes without repeating any material. Students who have only taken one year of a given level are welcome and encouraged to take the second year before moving on.
In Level 5 Catechism, we delve deeper into the Scriptures. Over two years, we will read significant portions of the Old and New Testament Our only text for the class is the Orthodox Study Bible. Students will have assigned reading to be completed before class, from which class discussion will be based. In class we will together read patristic commentaries on the passages we have read and discuss them. We will focus our attention on the saints found in the Old and New Testament with an interest in how later saints understood their lives and imitated their faith.
Besides the assigned reading, students will complete a short biography each semester of one of the saints covered. There also will be an end-of-semester exam to gauge how much the student has retained.
- The Orthodox Study Bible
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Father Nikolai Meyers is a native of Southern California. He holds a bachelor of arts in Bible and cross-cultural ministry from Manhattan Christian College, Manhattan, KS. He earned his master of divinity from St. Tikhon Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Cannon, PA. He was ordained deacon in September of 2007 by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Archdiocese at St. Tikhon Monastery in South Cannon, PA, and to the holy priesthood in July of 2008 by His Eminence at St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, CA. He served 6 years as assistant pastor of St. John Orthodox Church in Memphis, TN, and concurrently was the priest in charge of the St. Paul Orthodox Mission in Tupelo, MS. Since October of 2014 he has served as the pastor of St. George Orthodox Church in New Hartford, NY. He also currently is the spiritual adviser for Teen SOYO in the Antiochian Orthodox Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada, and Upstate New York. He is married and has 4 children.
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend 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.
High-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 a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: 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
Zoom: 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.
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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