The Orthodox Christian Education Commission (OCEC) came to St. Tikhon's Seminary on Saturday, December 12th. V. Rev. George Alberts, Khouria Anna Hughes, and Matushka Myra Kovalak prepared a full day's training program for seminarians and seminary wives. Fr. Steven welcomed them in the morning as sessions got underway. Two tracks were offered: Teacher Training (part I) (with Fr. George and Khouria Anna), and Church School Director training (with Mat. Myra). In addition, they brought a number of resources for everyone to review.
Many seminarians commented on the value of this day of training. The OCEC is a multi-jurisdictional organization, under the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops, and offers training around the country for those engaged in religious education, utilizing resources developed by all our Orthodox Churches here in North America. Click here to view their website. Seminarians not only received training, but also now are aware of this resource that they can call upon in parish communities. OCEC asks that when they are requested, that all jurisdictional parishes in a locality be invited to participate. What a wonderful example of collaboration!
We are grateful to our three presenters for all they shared with us, and very grateful to Maria Sheehan and those working with her who did most of the coordination making this event possible!