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The Antiochian Orthodox Department of Christian Education (AODCE) supports church school directors, teachers, parents, and all who participate in the work of Christian education on the local level. Read more. 

The Christian Ed Materials and Order Form is now available for download! Download and use this new form to order materials for your parish program! Be sure to see the revised Billing and Shipping/handling sections of the Order Form.


Curriculum. "Orthodoxy FAQs" and "'I Came:" Jesus in His Own Words" as mentioned in The Word, will be available soon. Check each week. Nearest completion is Orthodoxy FAQS (frequently-asked-questions) which has been renamed ORTHOFAQs Challenge. Consisting of four curriculum pieces, each with seven lessons, Challenges 1 and 2 have questions appropriate for middle school students and numbers 3 and 4 have questions for high school students. The teaching plan can be whole-group, small-group, or individual-research. "'I Came:" Jesus in His Own Words" is a seven-lesson unit inspired by The Great "I Cames" of Jesus, written by Fr. Anthony Coniaris.
Faith and Culture Page. Still under construction!

If you are interested in the Curriculum Project, "Walking the Path of Salvation," its website is: You will find the Concept Paper, the preparatory tasks and updates on the progress. You can also follow the project on Facebook: "CB Path of Salvation Curriculum Plan."



Save the Date: Orthodox Institute 2015

Antiochian Village + Nov. 5-8, 2015
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Educate the adults and you won't need church schools!"

Join us for the Orthodox Institute November 5-8! Hear from Kevin Allen, Fr. Josiah Trenham, Gerry Clonaris, Dr. Anton Vrame, Robert Snyder, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick, Fr. Stephen Freeman, Fr. Sergius Halvorsen, Fr. John Oliver, Anestis Jorganaglue, Vasiliki Oldziey and the staff of OCEC and the Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education!

"Total Parish Education & Faithtree Ministries"

Total Parish Education is the goal of the pastoral ministry at St. Michael Church in Van Nuys, California. The success we have had with the youth educational program at St. Michael's is due in no small measure to the parents, grandparents, Godparents, and professionals within the community of our parish. Given the opportunity to engage with the students as the persons they are, and to learn with them, they recognized that education revitalizes their own faith. Fr. Timothy Baclig, Pastor of St. Michael Church will summarize his successes and failures in his attempt to revitalize the participation of his parishioners in the liturgical and family life of the church.



Introduction to the 2015-16 Church School Year

Dear Directors and Teachers,

Greetings and blessings as you begin the 2015 Church School year!

We have a few new resources for you. As you can see above, if you are thinking of using the GOA texts as well as those of the OCEC, there is a document that compares text by text. Don't press print before reading it as it is 23 pages. In years past, we have had the request for the 100 educational standards from the 8th grade text, The Way, The Truth, and The Life; these questions and answers have been prepared according to the order in which they appear in the text. In addition, we have prepared flashcards of these same questions. These can be used with high school classes for brief reviews of the material. They can be used in a jeopardy-style game, or as simple flash-cards. Another new item is found under Resources, the listing, "Online Resources for Parents and Teachers" compiled by Kristina Wenger who does the AODCE Social Networking Ministry. All of our social network ministry sites are listed in the Convention Report, see below.


Online Resource List for Parents and Teachers

The Antiochian Orthodox Department of Christian Education uses the internet extensively when planning curricula, projects and when searching for ideas and resources for our online ministry. A completely new listing of resources has been compiled by Kristina Wenger from her work with AODCE social ministry. Find the Online Resource List for Parents and Teachers under Resources.


Coming Soon: Focus on the Nicene Creed


A series of bite-sized blogs focusing on the Nicene Creed, beginning September 2015.

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