Intended to be a survey course, “Studies in the Faith” will give the participant a foundational understanding of the Orthodox Christian Faith, its belief, worship, and practices. The class will meet most Sundays (with a few exceptions), immediately after Divine Liturgy. Our first class will begin on Sunday, September 17th. All classes will meet from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Assumption Church Library.
This class is mandatory for those individuals who wish to become Orthodox Christians.
To those who are already Orthodox, this course will provide you with an enriched understanding of your faith.
And to our guests, we welcome you. Please feel free to attend whichever class, or combination of classes interests you most.
All participants will be asked to purchase the textbooks used. Although not necessary to participate, if you are not an Orthodox Christian, we would like to invite you to offer a donation to the Church. If you are an Orthodox Christian attending the class, if you have not already done so, we would like to invite you to fill out a stewardship card for 2017. For further information on Stewardship, please contact the Parish office. Confidential scholarships are available for the purchase of the textbooks through the Church office as well. Please contact the parish you are attending for further information.
What follows is a list of the texts to be used. The reading assignments from the texts below and from various articles will be distributed in class. The texts may be purchased from the bookstore.
Texts to be used in class:
Other recommended texts:
Links to the class materials may be found below (or here).
For those wishing to become Orthodox Christians, Baptism and / or Confirmation will be celebrated before the feast of Pascha.
For those thinking of becoming Orthodox Christians, please remember, regular Church attendance is mandatory as worship is central in the life of the Orthodox Faith. In addition, connecting to the community is important as you will need to choose a Godparent for your Baptism and / or Chrismation. Godparents are usually chosen from within the parish you are attending.
To register for this class, please state your intent to participate via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to contact the Assumption Church office with any questions at (206) 323-8557.
Internet Home Study: In this age of modern technology, quite often the question is asked regarding home study using Orthodox educational videos posted on the Internet. Although this is an option, it is not recommended. Fellowship and connection with others in the class is an important part of integrating yourself into our faith community. In addition, questions and dialogue in class is encouraged. A question offered in class often invites the participants to have discussions leading to a deeper understanding of Orthodoxy in a way not possible in a home study environment. Educational videos posted on the Internet will be utilized as part of the class structure however it is important to note that all web-based data contained in the class will have been thoroughly vetted. Web addresses for these websites will be provided in class so the material may be reviewed at any time.
We welcome all visitors who may wish to come and experience an Orthodox Christian Liturgy. For those who wish to become Orthodox Christians, it is important for you to regularly attend Church on Sundays while taking this class. The schedule of worship services is as follows: