Department of Religious Education Director
Bio of Director of DRE
Anton C. Vrame, Ph.D., is Director of the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He was appointed Director of the Department by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, effective January 1, 2007. Dr. Vrame is Adjunct Associate Professor of Religious Education at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
He is the author of The Educating Icon: Teaching Wisdom and Holiness in the Orthodox Way (Holy Cross Orthodox Press). In this book, he proposes a theory or theology of education for the Orthodox Christian Church based on the art, theology, and life of the Byzantine icon. He is also the editor of three other books, and the author of journal articles and chapters in books on Orthodox Christian Religious Education, published both in English and Greek.
While he continues to develop his thought on aspects of Orthodox Christian Religious Education, over the last few years, working with Alexey Krindatch (www.orthodoxreality.org), he has conducted sociological reflection on the Orthodox Churches in America, especially its priests and seminarians. He has proposed the existence of four types of orthopraxis among Orthodox Christians in the United States, related to the degree of adaptation to contemporary American life each considers an authentic expression of the Orthodox Tradition. As he continues to research this question, he has also begun a work that he calls "What Makes Us Orthodox?" as a way of understanding the Orthodox Christian Tradition along principles other than "history and mystery."
From 2002-2006, he was Director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. He was Associate Professor of Orthodox Studies at the GTU. From 1996-2002, he was Managing Editor of Holy Cross Orthodox Press and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, teaching courses in Religious Education. From 1999-2002, he was a Lecturer in Religious Education at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary.
Dr. Vrame has represented the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese on the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches in Christ, USA, since 2005. From 2008-2013 he was chairmen of the Commission. From 2009-present he is the vice-president of the Orthodox Christian Education Commission for the Assembly of Canonical Bishops. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Religious Education. He served as Treasurer (1998-2005), Vice-President (2005-2007), and President (2007-2009) of the Orthodox Theological Society in America and is leading an effort to create an international academic organization of Orthodox Christian Religious Educators.
Dr. Vrame is a native of Chicago and holds degrees from DePaul University (B.A.), the University of Chicago (M.A.), Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (M.Div.) and Boston College (Ph.D. in Theology and Education).