St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology


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September 2011 Newsletter: Apostle Peter and Paul Prisoner Education Scholarship Program

As a friend of the Academy, we need your help.

The Academy brings the depth and breath of Orthodox teachings to our prisoner-students through our inter-active education-program. It was started in 1991 by Fr. Duane Pederson and Fr. Jack Sparks of the Academy, as essential to his OCPM outreach ministry. They understood the importance of an education-based study program to bring the fulness of the faith to prisoners. We have continued this vision for twenty years.

Our program is not true/false or fill in the blank. They are essay and we demand the prisoners commitment to the study. They have accepted the challenge, and exceed every expectations. For them, we offer not just a grade or letter, but more – detailed comments and questions to further challenge and expand their thinking and love of the Lord.

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August 2011 Newsletter: Why Moses? Why Elijah?

Jesus called three of His disciples – Peter, James and John – to Mount Tabor where He was Transfigured with Moses and Elijah present. Again, as at His Baptism, the voice of the Father confirms our Lord, clothed in our human nature, to be His beloved Son – “This is My beloved Son, hear Him!” Our Lord is with us and we may see His face.

MOSES: As part of worship, we read Exodus 24 & 33 (OSB Septuagint), where Moses is called to meet the Lord on the Mountain. Here Moses received the tablets of stone, and the law, and the commandments, written by Him. Here, Moses witnesses the glory of God to be like a devouring fire, and spoke with Him in true friendship. The Lord promises Moses to be with him and all people, as "The Lord God, compassionate, merciful, longsuffering, abounding in mercy, and true, preserving righteousness and mercy unto thousands...” the spirit of the Law. Yet, Moses was unable to look upon Him.

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July 2011 Newsletter: Love Of Our Neighbor - Love Of Our Holy Church

As we approach the heat of summer, when nerves and patience are tested, let us live and remain in the words of St. Paul. Let the spirit of Christ and His Law love, guide us in our relationship with our neighbor and those in our Church. For it is through our fellowship with Him, and His Grace, we find His mercy, compassion, and forgiveness we seek and need. And with this spirit, we find brotherly fellowship with one another.

What follows are Academy study notes for Romans 13: 8-10. The depth of this love beckons us to live our lives in the grace and love of Jesus Christ. Let us leave behind earthly fears and cares, seeking instead the guiding spirit of Sts. Athanasius, Ignatius, Chrysostom, and St. John of Damascus: The Spirit of Grace and Truth.

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June 2011 Newsletter: The Holy Spirit - Annunciation - Pentecost

Concerning the Manner of the Lord's Conception
(OSB Translation & Comments: St. John Damascus)

The angel of the Lord was sent to the holy Virgin, a descendent of David, a house fallen and disgraced. And bearing glad tidings to her, he said, Hail thou highly favored, the Lord is with thee. She was concerned at his word, yet the angel said to her, “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favor with God, and shalt bring forth a Son and shalt call His name Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins. Hence it comes that Jesus has the interpretation Savior. When she asked in her perplexity, “How can this be, seeing I know not a man?”, the angel answered, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee. Therefore also, the holy thing who shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God. She responded, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it unto me according to Thy word."

After the assent of the holy Virgin, the Holy Spirit descended on her, according to the word of the Lord which the angel spoke, purifying her, and granting her power to receive the divinity of the Word, and likewise power to bring forth. And then was she overshadowed by the enhypostatic Wisdom and Power of the most high God, the Son of God Who is of like essence with the Father as of Divine seed, and from her holy and most pure blood He formed flesh animated with the spirit of reason and thought, the first-fruits of our compound nature: not by procreation but by creation through the Holy Spirit.

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Academy Highlights

 

 

The Orthodox Study Bible and The Orthodox Study Bible: New Testament and Psalms are the fruit of the labors of the St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology. Both are available from Conciliar Press.

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About the Academy

St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology is an academic community of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America serving through Research, Writing, and Education

 

St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology was founded in 1976 as an arm of the Evangelical Orthodox Church and entered canonical Orthodoxy when that body was brought into the Antiochian Archdiocese. We offer a Correspondence Study Program, operate a Prisoner Education Program, and carry out various programs of research and study to prepare materials presenting the Orthodox Christian faith to Americans.

The Orthodox Study Bible: New Testament and Psalms is an outstanding example of the fruit of our literature programs. Currently we publish booklets in the Timely Topics series and the Booklets for Children series. Also, whenever appropriate, we publish audio and video tapes on various topics.

The mission of St. Athanasius Academy is to prepare and communicate materials on the Orthodox Christian faith in English for both Orthodox and non-Orthodox people — particularly the laity. Thus, our goals are three-fold:

1. to be a valuable and helpful teaching ministry of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North American and a service to all,

2. to help all Christians learn more about the history, teachings and practice of the Church, and

3. to help spread the Spirit of Orthodox Christianity to all Americans. 


Contact:

Paul Goetz

Correspondence Studies Division/Prisoner Education Project

St. Athanasius Academy

P.O. Box 1205

Elk Grove, CA  95759

(916) 686-6230 (Phone/Fax)

paul@saaot.edu