As communicated in the past, the seminar’s focus will be on Theological Education in the Lands of Immigration, and will consist of four lectures and five workshops.
The seminar is being held with this focus because of the modern challenges facing the ancient, conservative and traditional foundations of our Coptic Orthodox Church. The goal of the seminar is to cover the following with regard to Theological Education: Unified Sunday school and servants prep Curricula; Continuing Education for Clergy; Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy. The workshops shall be divided between these topics and will be discussed during the workshops in order to come up with recommendations for theological education in the lands of immigration. Each workshop shall be coordinated by one of the bishops along with other bishops and priests. Every bishop shall assign one delegate to each of the five workshops below.
The lecture areas of focus and associated lecturers are listed below:
|1||The Importance of Apostolic Teaching||His Holiness Pope Tawadros II|
|2||A Historical Perspective of Theological Education||His Grace Bishop Suriel|
|3||Theological Challenges||His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion|
|4||Modern Methods of Teaching||His Grace Bishop David|
The workshop areas of focus and facilitators are listed below:
|Workshop No.||Focus||Facilitating Questions||Facilitators|
|1||Servants Prep & Curriculum||What theological topics must servants learn?
Where does the church stand on specific modern heresies?
What plan might be implemented to establish a consolidated curriculum?
Bishop Youssef (Bolivia)
|2||Sunday School Curriculum||What are some challenges to establishing a curriculum?
What are some solutions for those challenges?
What sort of plan might be implemented in the pursuit a consolidated theology-focused curriculum?
|3||Clergy Seminars (Continuing Education)||What are some challenges to continuing Education?
How can we establish effective communication between seminaries?
What are some modern methods of teaching that could be applied to clergy seminars?
What would it take to establish an Accredited Coptic Seminary?
|4||Orthopraxy & Orthodoxy||What methods could be employed to ensure the right faith is delivered?
What are practical means to apply theology?
What resources are reliable for a strong background in Orthopraxy and Orthodoxy?
|5||Establishing Families||What curriculum is appropriate for marriage preparation?
What training is suitable for parents for introduction of the faith in early childhood?
A follow-up committee will be convened to establish a three-year plan and provide continuing reporting to the LOI conference committee.