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Lay Program

Focus on the Family and Laity


Theological seminaries in the Orthodox world tend to take on a certain flavour or orientation. In various places and times, some have been closely associated with monastic life or monastic communities; others have scholarly and academic strengths. We want to emphasize the place of laity in the Church, and their education. We also would like to provide helps in strengthening family life, and the “home church”, and in countering the distortion and disintegration of family life in our society. We hope to include children and families in as many of our events as possible.




1. Taking some or all of the courses offered in the Diaconal Training Program


For the time being, laity may take any of the 20 theological courses offered in the diaconal program, for credit or by audit. They may also take the whole program for credit, to receive a Certificate in Orthodox Theology.


2. Special Courses for Laity


Special courses will be designed around particular concerns and subjects of interest and use to laity. These courses will usually be shorter than the core theological courses, and topical, rather than of a general nature. These courses will be publicized in various places, including on this website. Some of these special programs for laity may be offered in various places across Canada.


3. Workshops, Panels, Special Lectures, Retreats


We are hoping in the near future to begin various workshops, panels, special lectures and retreats for the general public on various aspects of the Orthodox faith, or Orthodox responses to various social concerns and issues.