Know Your Faith
This Know Your Faith course will equip students with a strong working knowledge of the Orthodox Christian Faith and seek to improve their capability to communicate this knowledge with non-Orthodox Christians confidently and creatively. The textbook—Know the Faith: A Handbook for Orthodox Christians and Inquirers— introduces our Orthodox Faith in a topical format (e.g. Church, Grace, Salvation, Iconography, The Virgin Mary, etc.), with comparison and contrast to Protestant and Roman Catholic beliefs and assumptions. Emphasis is placed on biblical and early patristic evidence as the basis for our Orthodox Christian teachings.
Rev. Fr. Michael Shanbour, author of Know the Faith (Ancient Faith Publishing) will lead the course, encouraging students’ participation and discussion on theological issues as well as personal experiences and anecdotes. Suggested homework assignments only.
Class Not Offered in 2020 – 21.
Rev. Father Michael Shanbour, M.Div.
The Rev. Fr. Michael Shanbour is a lifelong Orthodox Christian and pastor of Three Hierarchs Orthodox Mission in Wenatchee, Washington. He received his M. Div. at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in 1989. He has been active in youth, camp, music, outreach/evangelism and Christian education ministries. Father Michael was ordained to the holy priesthood in 2001 and pastored mission parishes in Topeka, Kansas, and Spokane Washington before being assigned to Three Hierarchs. He is the author of Know the Faith: A Handbook for Orthodox Christians and Inquirers (Ancient Faith), as well as The Good Samaritan: A Children’s Catechism (Three Hierarchs Publishing). He is blessed to live in Wenatchee with his wife, Makrina, and son, Simeon.