For the past few years I’ve been a bit ‘depressed’ (not really depressed, but, you know what I mean). It’s all revolved around what I’ve viewed as the lack of true Orthodox centered education. However, my day brightened up, when I saw a video, posted on youtube. of the Academy of the Holy Wisdom, hosted by St. Spyridon’s Greek Orthodox Church in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, a parish under HOTCA. Though the program is only about a two week summer school, I think that’s a good start. Maybe they’ll expand in the future? Nevertheless, the fact that true Orthodox parishes are doing this, or starting to do this, is a great sign of healthy development; people are moving beyond the just ‘bare survival’ mode. According to the HOTCA website, the program encompassed the following subjects:
Classical Languages – Latin and Ancient Greek
The beauties of literature, from the Orthodox Christian perspective.
The Orthodox worldview – How to understand and defend their Faith when it is attacked by those around them.
They also offered teaching in modern Greek and Romanian.
Most importantly, the days are begun and ended with prayers; without which, all attempts at learning prove vain. The program ran from June 27th, 2012, to July 11th 2012. I think this is truly a worthy cause to support, in whatever way possible, as well as St. Spyridon’s Greek Orthodox church.