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The Ecumenical Patriarchate

First among Equals (zine cover)First among Equals (guide cover)While exploring the history of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the work of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, students will encounter many wider topics, including Church leadership, religious freedom and caring for God's creation.

Suitable for ages 13 and up - for use in the classroom or by study groups.



First among Equals Student Zine (M19)
21 pgs  Qty 1–74  $3.95 each / 75+ $2.95 each

First among Equals Teacher Guide only (M20)
1 unit with 5 lesson plans   $9.95 each

Learning Objectives

First among Equals Teacher Pack (M18)
special value   $21.95

The Teacher Pack includes:

  • A copy of the First among Equals Teacher Guide
  • The Ecumenical Patriarchate: A Brief Guide by John Chryssavgis
  • "60 Minutes: The Patriarchate" DVD
  • "The Green Patriarch" DVD

This unit spans the entire history of the Church, touching on many detailed topics. Although some background notes are included in the Teacher Guide, teachers will need a deeper understanding of the material in order to confidently present the lessons.

To make the task of teacher preparation less daunting, a copy of The Ecumenical Patriarchate: A Brief Guide by John Chryssavgis (published by the Order of St. Andrew) is included with each Teacher Pack (M18). The most pertinent pages from this brief, colorful book are noted in the Teacher Guide. The Teacher Pack also includes the two DVDs to show during class: “60 Minutes: The Patriarchate” and “The Green Patriarch.”

For some of the lessons, the Teacher Guide also lists several other reference books, in addition to many online resources listed on the special Teacher Resource page.

Three ways to order:

  1. Call (800) 566-1088
  2. Fax an order form to (617) 850-1489
  3. E-mail an order form to
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This publication was made possible in part by the
Order of St. Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.