Higher Study Within the Living Culture of the Church
The Sts. Cyril and Athanasius Institute for Orthodox Studies approaches theological education as an integral aspect of the holistic Life in Christ that constitutes Orthodox Christianity.
An active engagement with the worshipping life of the Church forms part of the Institute’s environment and approach to education. All of the Certificate Program modules, as well as all the Institute’s symposia, conferences and pilgrimages, etc., involve liturgical engagement through the celebration of and participation in the Divine Services of the Orthodox Church, as well as pastoral dimensions built into the curricula for each course module. Moreover, the ecclesiastical context of learning itself, which sees the intellectual pursuit of higher academia as part-and-parcel of a living tradition in which it must be explored, fostered, disciplined and developed, forms the core of our approach to education.
Pastoral dimensions of students’ life are carried out at the Institute under the care of attached clergy, who interact pastorally with students during their studies and encourage a strong, living engagement with parish life in their home churches — including their own home clergy. Our courses foster a deepening engagement with the liturgical life of students’ parish settings at every opportunity.
Liturgical services organized by the Institute take place in English, but opportunities are provided for students to experience Orthodox worship in Church Slavonic, Greek, Romanian and other languages at various points.
Images: Top: Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) celebrates the Divine Liturgy at the Institute’s symposium in 2013. Left: Clergy at the Institute’s symposium in Riverside, CA in 2014. Right: A Divine Service held before the precious relics of St. Alban the Protomartyr during the Institute’s Pilgrimage to the UK in 2014.