• Professional Development Seminar 2017

    Education Office ­ Direct Archdiocesan District

    October 13, 2017

    The Direct Archdiocesan District Office of Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will present its annual Staff Development Seminar on November 7, 2017. Read More

  • A New Year, a New Harvest: Renewal through Orthodox Christian Community

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    August 31, 2017

    It’s about that time…the time for New Year’s resolutions: new beginnings, new goals and new inspiration. I am not talking about watching the ball drop in Times Square or counting down to midnight with your friends and family. I am talking about the Ecclesiastical New Year we just celebrated on September 1. Read More

  • "Bring It On Home" - God's Creation, That Is! Using Nature to Enhance Your "Little Church"

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    August 31, 2017

    We all have moments that stick with us. Some of them remain ingrained in our hearts and minds for dramatic reasons—these are the life changers, for better or worse. Some are subtle yet profound. Those remain with us in a different way, shaping our perspective, causing us to reflect from time to time. Read More

  • 2018 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Topics

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    August 31, 2017

    The 2018 Oratorical Festival Topics are now available! Read More

  • We Offer These Gifts: The Proskomide Service

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    May 1, 2017

    In this video, viewers will watch the Proskomide (Prothesis) service, when a priest prepares the bread (prosphoro) and wine for a Divine Liturgy. Each action will be seen, its significance and history briefly discussed, and the prayers the clergy recite with each action will be shown. Read More

  • Vested in Grace: The Liturgical Dress of Orthodox Clergy

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    May 1, 2017

    In this video, viewers will see a deacon, priest, and bishop vest for a Divine Liturgy. Each vestment will be seen, its significance and history briefly discussed, and the prayers the clergy recite when placing the garment on will be shown. Read More

  • Starter Meals for Fasting Seasons

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    Here are some more meal ideas to help carry you through fasting seasons, courtesy of Rita Madden. Read More

  • Nourishing Body and Soul: Tips and Tricks for Meal Planning During a Fast

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    During certain fasting periods and on most Wednesdays and Fridays, the Orthodox Church guides us to abstain from meat, dairy products, oil and wine. Here are a few recipes and menu inspirations that can be adapted as needed according to the Church’s practices and your fasting plan. For a complete fasting calendar, visit goarch.org/chapel. Read More

  • To Eat or Not to Eat? How Is the Question

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    As Orthodox Christians, we have our own private nutrition consultant. The Physician of our souls and bodies inspired the liturgical calendar that outlines our plan for when to fast and when to feast and prescribes for us food to care for both body and soul alike. Read More

  • Days that Remember: Feasts, Memory and Faith

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    Live in the present! It’s a panacea for stress that resounds from virtually all corners of our culture. Yet anyone who has tried to put this advice into practice finds the task all but impossible. Even if we manage to still the distractions of our minds, the present is inconceivably finite, a point recognized long before modernity. Read More

  • Fasting: Is It Really Necessary?

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    Over the years, many people have asked me what the Church’s fasting requirements are during Great Lent. Some questioned the value of this ancient practice, and others looked at it with intimidation as they found themselves unable to keep the fast in its strictest forms. As you can imagine, I have spent countless hours trying to explain the tradition of fasting and convince others of its value, dissuade them from looking at it in a legalistic manner and guide them to a proper view of the fast so that it may bear spiritual fruits in them. Read More

  • Facebook as a Lenten Discipline : An Orthodox Pilot Study

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    Over the last few years, clergy and others have begun preaching about restricting one’s use of technology, encouraging a “technology fast” as a Lenten discipline. The goal of fasting and ascetic discipline during Lent is “to make us conscious of our dependence upon God,” as Metropolitan Kallistos Ware writes. Limiting our use of electronic devices to break our dependence on (or even addiction to) technology and focus instead on our interior life, even for a short period, has entered a new awareness within the context of fasting. But are people changing their use of technology in real ways? Is their use of technology affecting the way they observe Great Lent? Read More

  • You are a Royal Priesthood (feat. Fr. Stephen Freeman)

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    January 26, 2017

    As Christians, we're all priests of creation. We're all called to live liturgically: to offer ourselves, each other, and all our lives to Christ our God. Read More

  • Staff Development Seminar 2016

    Education Office ­ Direct Archdiocesan District

    December 19, 2016

    The Direct Archdiocesan District Office of Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America presents its annual Staff Development Seminar on November 8, 2016. The Seminar aims at offering in-service training to teachers who serve in the Greek-American Day schools and the Greek afternoon/Saturday schools of the Direct Archdiocesan District. It is held annually under the auspices of H.E. Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America. Read More

  • School Communication

    Education Office ­ Direct Archdiocesan District

    August 30, 2016

    Encyclicals, forms, and other documents mailed to the Day & Afternoon Schools of the Direct Archdiocesan District Read More

  • Questions and Answers about the Youth Protection Manual

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    July 1, 2016

    If you’ve ever served at a summer camp, you should be familiar with the Youth Protection Manual, which provides the basic framework that keeps our kids safe in the camp and retreat setting. Over the past few months, the Y2AM Team (which is composed of our Archdiocesan staff as well as the staff of the District and Metropolis Youth and Young Adult Ministry Departments) has been working on developing new Policies for the Protection of Youth and Children. Read More

  • What Your Child Should Know

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    February 4, 2016

    This article helps answer the question “What should children know about their faith by the time they are ‘X’ years old?” Read More

  • "Living Our Orthodox Faith" Elementary Textbook Objectives

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    February 2, 2016

    Department of Religious Education Elementary School objects for Sunday Church School. Read More

  • Middle and High School Textbook Objectives

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    January 29, 2016

    Religious education resources for middle and high school. Read More

  • Religious Education Basics and Planning

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    January 25, 2016

    Religious Education resources for Teachers and Directors. Read More

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