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St. Stephen's Course in Orthodox Theology

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The '''St. Stephen's Course in Orthodox Theology''' is a three -year, distance -education-based, non-degree certificate program sponsored by the [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America]]. The Under the [[Antiochian House of Studies]], the non-accredited course is aimed at introducing practicing laiety and future church workers clergy alike to the richness of Orthodox theology through rigorous and extensive directed reading courses and readings, practical d ministry projects. Students also receive in-person instruction during a one-week summer residency.
== Targeted Students students ==
* 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 a 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 ==
=== Directed readings ===
Each year of the program consists of two semesters, during each of which the student completes significant directing readings in the subjects of scripture, doctrine, Church history, liturgy, and practical theology. Each course is designed and mentored by a recognized Orthodox educator or theologian. Auxiliary support is provided by local clergy.
=== Directed Readings ===Each year of Examinations take the program consists form of two semesters, during each of which the student completes significant directing reading courses in substantial written essays. Five to ten such essays are completed at the subjects end of scripture, doctrine, Church history, liturgy, and practical theology. Each course is designed and mentored by a recognized Orthodox educator or theologian. Auxiliary support is provided by local clergy. A graded written examination must be completed for each directed reading coursesemester. === Directed Projects projects ===
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.
=== Residency Program program ===Student's who intend to petition To fulfill the requirements for ordination within the Antiochian Archdiocese (certificate and certain other [[jurisdiction]]master's) programs, students 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 20042009-05 10 term, tuition is $350 450 per unitsemester.
== External Links link ==* St. Stephen's Course [http://www.antiochian.org/638 studies/st-stephens-certificate-program official website]
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