Updated link to official webpage
The '''St. Stephen's Course in Orthodox Theology''' is a three year, distance education-based,
non-degree program sponsored by the [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America]]. The course is aimed at introducing practicing and future church workers to the richness of Orthodox theology through extensive directed reading courses and practical d ministry projects.
* Anyone interested in studying Orthodox theology but unable to attend an Orthodox [[Seminaries and Theological Schools|seminary]].
* Clergy converting to Orthodoxy within the Antiochian Archdiocese and intending to petition for ordination, who have received
an Masters of Divinity degree from a non-Orthodox seminary.
* Those seeking advanced training in Christian Education or Youth Ministry.
* Those who are permitted by their [[bishops]] to prepare for the ministry of the [[diaconate]] through means of this course.
== Curriculum ==
In addition, for each year of the program the student must complete a major project. The project is mentored and must conform to requirements set forth in the syllabus, but the topic is left to the discretion of the student. Some suggested projects include:
* A written document for publication that focuses on Orthodoxy and adds to the knowledge base of the faith.
Program === Student's who intend to petition for ordination within the Antiochian Archdiocese (and certain other [[jurisdiction]]s ) must also complete three consecutive units of the ''Antiochian House of Studies'' residency program--one for each year of the St. Stephen's Course.
Each unit of the residency program consists of one week of intense instruction at the Heritage and Learning Center at [[Antiochian Village]] in Ligonier, PA. Each day of the program is packed with instructional lectures by leading Orthodox figures. Morning and evening services are celebrated each day. The schedule is quite rigorous, generally beginning at around 8:00 a.m. and ending around 10:00 p.m.
Accomodations at Antiochian Village are spartan but comfortable. Each room has a writing table, beds, icons, alarm clock, and bathroom. There are no televisions.
There are telephones, but arrangments must be made if one wants to have dial-out privileges. Cell phones have a difficult time getting reception.
Meals are quite good and Antiochian Village boasts a tremendous library.
== Tuition ==
As of the
2004- 05 term, tuition is $ 350 per unit.
Links ==* St. Stephen's Course [http://www.antiochian.org/ 638 official website]