Christian Ethics

Encouraging to make right choices in all aspects of life; bullying, interacting with members of the opposite sex, and other applicable moments.

How the Orthodox faith informs the choices we make when faced with current ethical issues such as: bullying, academic integrity, treating people with different views, pre-marital sex, use of mind-altering substances, mental health issues, (mental, physical, spiritual, sexual) abuse, LGBTQ identities etc.

Teacher Training and Resources

Reference Materials

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The following materials are offered as sources for information and ideas but please remember to properly give credit if material is used in your writing! If you forget to use references, or your references are incomplete, your work can seem like an empty postulation or create suspicions of plagiarism.

Articles

  1. On 'Moralistic Therapeutic Deism' as U.S. Teenagers' Actual, Tacit, De Facto Religious Faith, Christian Smith (Catholic Education Resource Center)
  2. An Introduction to Orthodox Spirituality, Rev. Fr. Dr. George C. Papademetriou (Greek Orthodox Church)

Videos

  1. The Ladder Episode 1: The Way, Fr. Shawn Thomas, Northeast American Diocese

Podcasts

  1. Moralistic Therapeutic Deism and an Orthodox Response, David Paddison (Ancient Faith Radio)

Book Excerpts

  • [HG Paulos Mar Gregorios, "Freedom the Grand Mystery"] "From Him comes all good. All that is good not only comes from Him, but is also His presence; where the good is, there, God is present. I bow before the good, wherever it shows up-in people of different faiths and religions, in people who claim to believe in no God, in birds and animals, in trees and flowers, in mountains and rivers, in air and sky, in sun and moon, in sculpture and painting, in music and art, in the smile of the infant and in the wisdom of the sage, in the blush of dawn and in the gorgeous sunset. Where the good is, there is the Kingdom of God. There, God is present and reigns even when that presence is not acknowledged or recognized, though the Kingdom belongs in a special sense to those who have known Him and worship Him, dedicating their lives to total obedience."

Scripture

In order to help our children grow in the Orthodox Faith in North America, a decision was made to standardize all materials to the Orthodox Study Bible (DSWA Kalpana DSWA/C/016/2010, October 28, 2010). Please continue to pray and support the development of a fully approved translation based on the Peshitta, and our textbooks will educate on the various translations and historic development of Scripture.

Liturgical Resources

The Ministry of Liturgical Resource Development (LRD) was created in July of 2015 (DSWA Kalpana DSWA/C/10/2015, July 24,2015) to promote the translation, versification, and publication of vital English liturgical resources. Today most of our Sacramental offices are available and the "Service Book of the Holy Qurbono" and "Shehimo: Book of Common Prayer" are available in print. Wherever possible references will be made using LRD resources given the easy access to these materials to the faithful in North America.

Holy Qurbono


Other Hymns


Other Prayers


Promion and Sedro


Quotes

Patristic Quotes

  • [St. Makarios the Great] "Christians are of another world, children of the heavenly Adam, a new race, children of the Holy Spirit, shining brothers of Christ, similar to their Father, the spiritual Adam. They belong to his city, his race and power. They are not of this world, but of another one. For he himself says: 'You are not of this world, even as I am not of this world' (John 17:16)."
  • [St. Isaac The Syrian] "Someone who bears a grudge while he prays is like a person who sows in the sea and expects to reap a harvest."
  • [St. Maximos the Confessor] "He who busies himself with the sins of others, or judges his brother on suspicion, has not yet even begun to repent or to examine himself so as to discover his own sins..."
  • [St. Gregorios of Parumala] "Remember God in everything. Let no one grieve because of you. Never let go an opportunity to do something good. Only those things will remain with you till the end."
  • [St. John Chrysostom] “No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others. So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great.”
  • [St. John Chrysostom] "Let us learn at last to be Christians! If we know not how to pray, which is a very simple and easy thing, what else shall we know? Let us learn to pray like Christians. Those are the prayers of Gentiles, the supplications of Jews (i.e., who pray only for their own). The Christian's are the reverse, for the forgiveness and forgetting of offenses against us. "Being reviled," it is said, "we bless; being persecuted, we suffer; being defamed, we entreat.”) Hear Stephen saying, "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge." Instead of praying against them, he prayed for them.”
  • [St. Gregorios of Parumala] "Prayer is one thing, which can help elucidate to develop faith, devotion, and mutual good will among people He who prays to God everyday will never be untrue, evil, faithless, an enemy of society, or a traitor. Prayer is the enthusiasm of childhood, the refuge of youth and peace in old age. God will listen to the prayers of a heart full of devotions and such a person will get abundant blessings from God in return. A real devotee of God is one who selflessly loves all his fellow beings, because God has created everything as the object of our love."
  • [St. John Chrysostom] "War is an abomination. It is quite wrong that one nation, or tribe, should attack another in pursuit of land, power, or wealth. It is doubly wrong that the victors should proclaim the glory of their battles, while their victims lie maimed and dying. The glory of war is illusory; war brings only misery. Yet this does not mean that military service is a dishonorable profession, nor that carrying arms impedes salvation. Every emperor, king and prince must have soldiers to protect his realm from attack, and his people from robbery and murder. An army is necessary to keep peace with other nations, and to keep peace within a nation. What, then, if the king orders his army to perform an evil act, such as invading a neighboring nation? Should the Christian soldier disobey his orders, even at the risk of being executed for his disobedience? In such a situation, he must weigh one evil against another: the evil of participating in the invasion, against the evil of leaving his family without material support. None of us can presume to judge the soldier's decision; but rather, we must pray that the Spirit guides his conscience."
  • [St. Basil] "When someone steals another's clothes, we call them a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; the coat unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the one who has no shoes; the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor."
  • [St. Paisios of Mt Athos] "Each person will account to God whether they sanctified the path of life they chose"
  • [St. Isaac the Syrian] "Rebuke no one, revile no one, not even those who live very wickedly. Spread your cloak over those who fall into sin, each and every one, and shield them. And if you cannot take the fault on yourself and accept punishment in their place, do not destroy their character."
  • [St. Isaac of Syria] “Ever let mercy outweigh all else in you. Let our compassion be a mirror where we may see in ourselves that likeness and that true image which belong to the Divine nature and Divine essence. A heart hard and unmerciful will never be pure.”
  • [St. John Chrysostom] "Nothing is more frigid than a Christian who does not care for the salvation of others."

Other Quotes

  • [Unknown] "... whether we know it or not, when we are part of this Church we represent Christ wherever we go. People's perception of Christ can be based on their perception of us."
  • [C.S. Lewis] “A man may have to die for our country: but no man must, in any exclusive sense, live for his country. He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God: himself.”
  • [HG Paulos Mar Gregorios, "Freedom the Grand Mystery"] "From Him comes all good. All that is good not only comes from Him, but is also His presence; where the good is, there, God is present. I bow before the good, wherever it shows up-in people of different faiths and religions, in people who claim to believe in no God, in birds and animals, in trees and flowers, in mountains and rivers, in air and sky, in sun and moon, in sculpture and painting, in music and art, in the smile of the infant and in the wisdom of the sage, in the blush of dawn and in the gorgeous sunset. Where the good is, there is the Kingdom of God. There, God is present and reigns even when that presence is not acknowledged or recognized, though the Kingdom belongs in a special sense to those who have known Him and worship Him, dedicating their lives to total obedience."
  • [Chad Bird] "In our every interaction with others, especially those with whom we disagree, let us say to ourselves, "This is one for whom Christ died."
  • [Dr. Bradley Nassif] “If the Gospel is made clearer and more central to all we do in the Church, we will truly be Orthodox in reality and not in name only."
  • [Fr. Thomas Hopko] "Let each one of us be who God wants us to be, do what God wants each one of us to do and then the rest will take care of itself"
  • [Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana] “Worship and service are two aspects of one breathing rhythm: inspiration and expiration. For there cannot be a dynamic expiration, in service, without a dynamic inspiration, in worship, and vice versa. One cannot have the illusion of living “in him”, who was “the one who serves” (Luke 22: 27), who “went about doing good” (Acts 10: 38), unless one’s life is a dynamic expression of this transfiguring act, an act of resistance against demonic powers that corrupt human existence through injustice, greediness, distortion of the thought and meaning of life exerting a continuous pollution of man’s imagination. One cannot remain indifferent to the unjust domination over people just because they are poor, to unjust discriminations because of race, sex or age, or to the many forms of human egocentricity that are the ultimate sin and rebellion against the love of the Triune God.”

Syriac and Greek Words

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