DOXA - Orthodox Christian Religious Education Association
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Our Mission is to provide religious educators the opportunity to grow as Orthodox Christians and fulfill their catechetical ministry in the life of the Church as they teach the Good News of Christ and the doctrines and traditions of Orthodoxy. “Make disciples of all nations . . . teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
- To advocate religious education as an integral part of the worship and sacramental life of the Orthodox Church.
- To advance the ongoing education and Christ-centered growth of religious educators.
- To promote religious education as a lifetime process.
- To provide a vehicle of communication among religious educators on the Parish, Metropolis and Archdiocese levels.
- To advance the educational initiatives of the Archdiocesan Department of Religious Education.
Our DOXA Conferences seek to equip our teachers with the background and the tools to address issues in the classrooms of our parishes.
The spring Conference being offered by DOXA of the Metropolis is open to all catechetical teachers and interested adults. The Conference will be held at the St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Center in Contoocook, NH which is the home of the wildly successful camping and retreat programs offered by the Metropolis. Being held during Great Lent, this year’s seminar will combine both a reflective Friday night optional segment and a hands-on teaching session on Saturday.
Presbytera Georget Photos will be the keynote speaker for this gathering of educational leaders and teachers . Presbyter Georget is the author of a new 6-volume series, Let Us Live Orthodoxy, which is being published by the Department of Religious Education. This conference will feature these books before they are available to the public! Using crafts, recipes, and projects, the series leads young people to understand and respect the traditions of the Church, enabling them to actively include these traditions in their lives.
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Friday, April 5th
Friday evening will be the reflective segment in the restful and peaceful setting of the beautiful Retreat House with general conversation that will follow the Service of the Salutations.
Saturday April 6th
Our presenter, Presvytera Georget Photos, will conduct this hands-on program. In the morning session, she will demonstrate projects for a wide range of ages. In the afternoon, she will facilitate a session of sharing classroom practices to improve attendance. We urge each participant to bring an idea or project to share with the group.
Single occupancy - $100
(Double occupancy may be needed based on response.)
Saturday Day Paricipation
About Our Speaker
Presvytera Georget Photos, will travel from Florida to be with us in New England. She is the author of a new 6-volume series, Let Us Live Orthodoxy, which is being published by the Department of Religious Education. This conference will feature these books before theyare available to the public! Using crafts, recipes, and projects, the series leads young people to understand and respect the traditions of the Church, enabling them to actively include these traditions in their lives.
She is a native of Chicago and has been promoting traditional Orthodox arts and crafts for many years. She earned a BS in Environmental and Cultural Geography from the University of Illinois. Presvytera’s goal has been the integration of authentic Orthodox traditions and practices with contemporary arts and crafts. Her programs for various ages make genuine traditions part of the lifestyle of youth, enriching their Orthodox Christian identity.
Presvytera Georget was involved in the Fanari Summer Youth Camp of the Metropolis of Chicago for many years. She served as Director of Arts and Crafts for 7 years. She is married to Fr. Dean Photos. Together, they served as Co- Directors of Arts and Crafts at the camp for several years. During these years of service to the camp and to various parishes, Presvytera has implemented and refined many projects for youth. They presently serve the community of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church of Polk County, FL, where Presvytera is the Sunday School Facilitator and Youth Advisor.