The program introduces the life, faith and practices of the Orthodox churches. The framework of the program is intended to be modular, providing the option of studying two courses in parallel, corresponding to half-time (50%) study, or of studying one course at a time at a 25% pace, catering to the needs of those who wish to integrate their studies with other life commitments.
Each year new courses are offered within the program, giving participants the opportunity to continue studying beyond the initial one-year scope of the program if they so choose, as new modules are offered. The Introduction module is given each fall, and is intended to be a natural starting point for anyone interested in becoming acquainted with Orthodox life and faith. Courses offered to date have dealt with topics such as liturgy, history, dogma, monasticism and spirituality, as well as contemporary church life and the challenges that arise from being part of contemporary Western society. As folkhögskola courses, the emphasis in the course is on learning through discussion of topics and readings, and sharing of experiences together as a learning community.
Courses within the program:
- Orthodox faith: An Introduction, 7.5 credits
- Orthodox faith: Dogma and History, 7.5 credits
- Orthodox faith: Asceticism and Monasticism, 7.5 credits
- Orthodox faith: Contemporary Life, 7.5 credits