Welcome to the Consistory Office of Religious Education!
Very Rev. Dr. Harry Linsinbigler is the Director of the Office of Religious Education. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Orthodox Christian Education Commission (OCEC), an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North America.
The Assistant Director of the Office of Religious Education is Elizabeth Symonenko.
All Consistory Offices of Ministry fall under the Archpastoral guidance and oversight of the President of the Consistory, His Grace Bishop Daniel.
* Educational Resources for Your Parish from the ORE
*New for 2014-2015 School Year
The following curriculum docs with handouts include (to unzip and view these files click HERE):
First two Ecumenical Councils
Ecumenical Councils 3-6 and the importance of theological precision
Scripture—who wrote the New Testament?
Similarities and differences between the Roman Communion and the Orthodox Church (under “Catholic vs. Orthodox”)
Diagram of Orthodox local Church establishments
Guidelines for Great Lent
Diagram of Christian heresies ("heresies2")
Iconostasis layout for class on iconostasis
Orthodox Practice, part 1
Orthodox Practice, part 2
Images for class on vestments
Comprehensive Adult ed
Thank you to Fr. Theophan Mackey for his work!
First Confession Textbook/Workbook
Online Catechism Classes
ORE provides materials and links on this website for use in the parish, and encourages the use of curriculum provided by the Orthodox Christian Education Commission (OCEC), as well as materials provided by the various canonical Orthodox jurisdictions enumerated in the Orthodox Christian Educational Resources section. The ORE has identified a formal church school curriculum for use during the academic year and has begun reviewing a series of video presentations for future inclusion.
TO ACCESS THESE MATERIALS CLICK HERE
* Adult Catechism and Catechism program
Ever had difficult questions about our Faith that you have not been able to find anywhere else? Although completed for years, the ORE has not been able to publish a catechism that provides hundreds of answers to hard-cutting questions due to a lack of funds. It can be used for a seven year catechism program covering all aspects of the Orthodox Faith (there are 10 and 14 year plans as well depending on length of class time for a given parish). You alone can make this happen, as funds specifically designated for this purpose would be needed. For the Consistory or Seminary to publish it would require approximately $5000. If you have every wondered why the Church teaches what it teaches, or have ever wanted definitive answers to difficult questions, this Catechism will do it. Please contribute! Send a check to the Consistory with the specific designation "for ORE Catechism."
*Ask Father (click here)
The Ask Father feature enables people to get clear and substantial answers to tough questions.
* Generations of Faith
Fr. Harry helped develop the following program.
GoF offers various alternative programs to the traditional Church School program.
For more information, contact:
Consistory of the UOC of the USA P.O. Box 495 South Bound Brook, NJ 08880 Tel.: (732) 356-0090 Fax: (732) 356-5556
To contact Fr. Harry directly, email fatherharryL3@yahoo.com