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The Department of Religious Education is about more than just "Sunday School"—we're committed to providing lifetime learning resources to equip the saints. This commitment is brought to life in the department's wide range of results-driven programs and initiatives.


Publications

Our Curriculum

From preschool through fifth grade, students follow the Living Our Orthodox Faith curriculum, through which they encounter the saints, scriptures, sacraments, doctrines and traditions of Orthodox Christianity. Each year is organized around an age-relevant theme, rather than a school-like subject. For 2014, we are beginning to release a New Series of completely renovated student texts and teacher guides for the Living Our Orthodox Faith curriculum, beginning with the fifth grade.

Our curriculum for middle and high school draws on materials from several series. Browse and download our Curriculum Catalog and Recommended Texts for Sunday Church Schools for more information.

Resource Catalog

The 2014–2015 Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog is available for download. The Department is now publishing the catalog every year. The current catalog includes more than 500 resources for adults, teachers, youth workers, parish youth, Vacation Church School programs, children’s books, prayer books, multimedia resources, icons, gifts and more. The catalog is mailed to all clergy, Church school directors/teachers and individuals on the department's mailing list.

To order, please call the Department of Religious Education at (800) 566-1088. You may also download a fillable order form, complete it, and e-mail it to religioused@goarch.org or fax it to (617) 850-1489.

The Planner

With The Planner, you can keep track of all your schedules—and keep a daily focus on Christ with Scriptural readings, fast days, prayers, saints of the day, and inspiration from the Fathers. The Planner follows the Ecclesiastical (church) year beginning in September and ending in August. Spiral-bound (CR150-14 at $13.95 plus shipping) and digital versions available.

PRAXIS Magazine

The department publishes PRAXIS, a periodic magazine that links the local parish, home and national Religious Education department. The magazine’s format focuses on “total parish education” and includes catechetical material, religious home school lessons, leadership development, Internet reviews, and continuing education for Greek Orthodox Christians of all ages. Annual subscriptions (3 issues) are $15.00 (US). Two-year subscriptions are $27 (US).

Programs

CrossSt. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival

Now in its 31st year, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival is an annual speech competition that is open to Orthodox youth in junior or senior high school. Elementary school students can participate at the parish level. An Oratorical Festival Foundation provides college scholarships to the top three national finalists in each division (in the amounts of $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000), and $500 U.S. Savings Bonds to all other national finalists.

Religious Education Workshops

The Director of Religious Education conducts Adult Retreats, Religious Education Teacher Workshops, and Leadership Training Seminars throughout the Archdiocese.