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St. John Chrysostom & Financial Wisdom

Discussions around money can be difficult, especially in Church settings. This course will provide an opportunity to reflect on how your life in Christ is impacted by your relationship to money and possessions. As our primary text, we will be studying the homilies of St. John Chrysostom regarding Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16: 19-31 – On Wealth and Poverty, SVS Press).

In addition, we will be learning how to practically apply what our theology teaches, so that we can implement it in our lives. We will be doing this by building a framework for students to establish healthy habits related to money including: budgeting, debt management, saving, investing and more.

Be transformed by the preaching of St. John Chrysostom and develop a deeper awareness of generosity. Discuss the principles of Stewardship, Contentment and Financial Wisdom. Develop healthy financial habits and learn about the financial traps that exist in our world.




Required Materials

  • On Wealth and Poverty By St. John Chrysostom

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

Fr Nicholas Hubbard graduated from St. Vladimir’s Seminary in 2009, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2011. He has spent the last eleven years in parish ministry. He currently serves as a Board of Director of Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative.

In addition to his pastoral ministry, he works as a financial advisor. He has a passion for assisting Christians establish an authentic and intentional relationship with their money and possessions.

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.
To download Zoom:

  1. Visit
  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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