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“Building the Foundations of Christian Paideia“
Seminar Description: Christian paideia centers around who we, how we teach, and what we teach within the context of the sacramental, ascetical, and liturgical life of the Church. Despite the lies of modern, progressive education, every moment of a child’s life is formative, and as such, educational, with the heartbeat of Christian Paideia rooted in the family within the life of the Church. In this seminar, we will be building the foundations of Christian Paideia rooted in the vision of the Church Fathers from the ground up. Important Church Fathers such as St. John Chrysostom and St. Gregory the Theologian up to contemporary Church Fathers such as St. Porphyrios and St. Paisios the Athonite will be studied in this seminar.
“Machine Education vs. Christian Paideia: Two Visions of Education”
Seminar Description: Christian educators, for too long, have compromised with modern, progressive education or what we call Machine education.Some of these compromises are obvious and some are not so obvious, having become deeply embedded in the practice of Christian educators in America. The result is nothing less than the formation of our children to become Machine-like rather than Christ-like. This seminar will model both a traditional pedagogical approach to Christian paideia and, at the same time, cultivate an understanding of just how deep the divide is between Machine education and Christian paideia. We hope you will join us in addressing perhaps the most ignored, yet most important issue among Christian educators today.
“The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp”
Seminar Description: This important Patristic text from the 2nd century provides an account of the martyrdom of St. Polycarp, who was the disciple of St. John the Theologian and one of the great Apostolic Fathers. This text is a wonderful introduction to reading the Church Fathers and learning about the early Christian Church in the Roman Empire. From a pedagogical perspective, participants will begin to think deeply about the foundational building blocks of textual reading as well as how to study history from a Christian perspective. The text is short, but contains numerous important questions to be explored and pedagogy nurtured.