Religious Retreat Live Streaming
The retreat titled, “Bible Basics for the Orthodox Christian” will take place at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church of Ann Arbor, MI on Saturday, February 27th, 2016. The event will have Live Streaming to watch via the web following this link. Please join the streaming event and strengthen your Orthodox Christian life.
Session 1 – 10:00 a.m. What is the Bible? The Bible is a book unlike any other book. We will consider what kind of writings make up the Bible, and who, when, and where the different books were written. (Fr. Mark Sietsema)
Session 2 – 11:00 a.m. What do we say about the Bible as Orthodox Christians? We will look at the storyline and themes of the Bible, as well as how the Orthodox Church approaches the task of Bible interpretation. (Fr. Mark Sietsema)
Session 3 – 1:00 p.m. Papyrology and some early Christian texts. This talk will introduce participants to the study of ancient papyri and the history of late Roman and early medieval Egypt focusing primarily on documents that attest to early Christian intellectual life and worship. Emphasis will be given to the circulation and use of Christian scripture in the years prior to the formation of the official canon. We will examine the books - both canonical and non-canonical - in wide circulation, the ways in which they were copied and disseminated, and the varying ways in which they were read and interpreted by Christians in the Egyptian countryside, far from the major theological center of Alexandria. Samples of papyrus from the collection at the University of Michigan will be brought for view, including the oldest known copy of a New Testament text. (Prof. Brendan Haug)
Session 4 – 2:00 p.m. The Top 10 Things You Might Not Know About the Orthodox Church. Dogmatics 101 meets MythBusters in this lighthearted look at some heavy theology. Find out what Orthodox A-theism means. (Fr. Mark Sietsema)