General Introduction to the Eastern Churches

College University of St. Michael's College, Faculty of Theology
Course Code SMJ1610HF
Semester First Semester
Section 101
Online No
Credits One Credit
Location Toronto (St George Campus)

The course aims at a general introduction to the four families of Eastern Churches: Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Eastern Catholic and the Assyrian Church of the East. After reviewing the history of the Eastern Churches and the critical moments that shaped their development (including schisms, attempts at re-union and the impact of Islam), the course will give particular attention to the history and culture of the Assyrian Church of the East, the Coptic and Armenian Orthodox Churches, the Orthodox Churches of Ukraine, Greece and Russia, the Maronite, Melkite and Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Churches. Subsequently, the course will briefly survey the East's distinctive approaches to liturgy, art, architecture, music, spiritual life, monasticism, social service, hagiography, mission and theology. The course ends with an assessment of the current state of these Churches in North America and their approaches to inter-Christian and interreligious relations.

Schedule MonTueWedThuFri
Start & End Date Jun 3, 2024 - Jun 18, 2024
Start Time 17:00
End Time 19:00
Hours Per Week 2
Minimum Enrolment 10
Maximum Enrolment 20
Means of Evaluation
Previously Offered Fall 2020
Currently Offered Summer 2024