Catechism Level 5: God’s Presence in His Saints
Term: Yearlong 2020–21, September 8–May 28
Target Grade Levels: 7+
Schedule: 1x / week, 90 min.
F 12:30 p.m. ET with Fr. Nikolai Meyers (Section Full: Join Waiting List)
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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 2 years, students will read significant portions of the Old and New Testaments. Our only text for the class is the Orthodox Study Bible. Students will have assigned reading to be completed before class, on which class discussion will be based. In class we will read and discuss together patristic commentaries on the passages we have read. We will focus our attention on the saints found in the Old and New Testaments with an interest in how later saints understood their lives and imitated their faith.
Besides the assigned reading, each semester students will complete a short biography of one of the saints covered. There also will be an end-of-semester exam to gauge how much the students have retained.
Syllabus: View course syllabus here.
- The Orthodox Study Bible
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Fr. 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, Kansas. He earned his master of divinity from St. Tikhon Orthodox Theological Seminary, in South Cannon, Pennsylvania. He was ordained Deacon in September of 2007 by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochain Archdiocese at St. Tikhon Monastery in South Cannon, Pennsylvania, and to the holy Priesthood in July of 2008 by His Eminence at St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, California. He served 6 years as assistant pastor of St. John Orthodox Church in Memphis, Tennessee, and concurrently was the priest in charge of the St. Paul Orthodox Mission in Tupelo, Mississippi. From October of 2014 to July of 2019 he was the pastor of St. George Orthodox Church in New Hartford, New York, where he was also the spiritual adviser for Teen SOYO in the Antiochian Orthodox Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada and Upstate New York. He now serves as the pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Topeka, Kansas. He is married and has 5 children. E-mail: email@example.com
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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.
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- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
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