Orthodox and Eastern Christian Studies

Masters Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates in Orthodox and Eastern Christian Studies


A program to introduce education in Eastern Christian and Orthodox theology to three student audiences:
• those seeking a Masters level degree in Orthodox studies;
• degree students who wish to include some knowledge of Orthodox tradition in their own course of studies;
• adult learners who seek a mature and rich knowledge of Orthodox tradition on a non-credit basis.
With permission, senior undergraduates are also welcome.
For non-credit students, the requirement is only regular attendance, class participation and doing the readings; no essays or exams are required. For credit students, the work is what is naturally expected in Masters-level courses; AD students – who can enrol as “reading course” – would have appropriate extra work. All classes are taught in evening, for benefit of students with jobs.

Credit students:
MTS with concentration in Orthodox and Eastern Christian studies
MDiv with Diploma in Orthodox and Eastern Christian studies
or single courses
Non-credit students:
Certificate (7 credits)
Honours Certificate (14 courses, 15 credits)
or single courses

Current fees:
Certificate students $250.00 per course
Credit students $597.00 per course

Fourteen courses are offered:

1. TRT2110H - Orthodox reading of the New Testament: a text-exegetical approach to the church 30-160 AD.
2. TRH2459H - Orthodox understanding of the Old Testament, and contemporary Orthodox exegesis.
3. TRH2421H - History of Church to 451 A.D. (persons, problems, doctrines, law, institutions, pastoral life, controversies)
4. TRT2504H - Early Thought, Doctrine and Theology in Church Fathers and Mothers, to Cyril of Alexandria.
5. TRH2453H - Liturgy 1, Byzantine liturgies and offices, and Liturgical Theology.
6. TRH2412H - History of Eastern Churches 451-1204, including later councils and east-west relations.
7. TRH2414H - History of Eastern Churches 1204 to 21st C., including east-west relations and ecumenism.  
8. TRH2401H - Eastern Christian Doctrine and Theology from Chalcedon to Palamas.
9. TRH2452H - Eastern Christian Thought, Doctrine and Theology from 15th to 21st C.
10. TRH2454H - Liturgy 2: baptism, marriage, healing, death. “Oriental” rites. Further Liturgical Theology.
11. TRT2111H - Iconology: doctrinal and liturgical theology of iconography.
12. TRH2451H - Orthodox “pastoralia” 1: from 1st to 12th C. (including monastic writing).
13. TRH2455H - Orthodox “pastoralia” 2: from 12th to 21st C.
14. TRT3675Y (two credit, full year) - Applied Orthodoxy: ethics, bioethics, environment and Creation, modern social-moral issues, being Orthodox in the world, including in an ecumenical Christian world, interfaith issues, church and state

All courses are designed to fulfill the following goals:
• Provide adequate, competent, detailed information about church history, liturgics, theology, iconology, Scripture and its place in Orthodoxy, doctrine and theolegoumena, spiritual attitudes, ethics, and being Orthodox in the modern world

• Provide adequate critical-thinking tools to permit the students to have some insight into the “why” behind the information, and to be capable of independent critical contribution to the ongoing Orthodox search for the meaning of life and faith within God’s creation. While fully respectful of the Orthodox Tradition, the goal is as well to help each student grasp — and strengthen —the personal vigor of their relationship to that Tradition. (This last refers to non-Orthodox students as well, who may follow such a course out of personal interest or curiosity about Orthodoxy)

• To read from the best, most serious writers, and as much as possible to study from primary sources
Students from such a Masters or Certificate programme should be very well equipped for leadership roles in their churches. Students who take some courses will have a well-grounded grasp of Orthodox theology.
Extracurricular activities: symposia, conferences, guest lecturers, field trips

Note: Students not seeking a degree or certificate may enrol in individual courses as desired.
Students wishing credit not already enrolled in TST need to apply to TST or their own UofT division for admission.

Teaching Faculty

Prof. Richard Schneider (Coordinator), Prof. Emeritus Church History, York U. Adjunct Professor, Trinity College Visiting Professor, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Emeritus President, Canadian Council of Churches

Rev. Alexei Vassiouchkine, MA (St. Petersburg), ThD (ABD) Instructor, Trinity College

Professor Mary Marrocco, PhD (TST) Adjunct Professor, St. Augustine’s Seminary and Trinity College Assoc. Sec’y Faith & Witness Commission Canadian Council of Churches

Professor Maria-Fotini Polidoulis Kapsalis, MTS (Holy Cross), PhD (TST) Adjunct Professor, Trinity College

Maria Simakova, MA, MTh (ABD) (St. Vladimir’s Seminary) Teaching Assistant, Trinity College

Professor Paul Ladouceur, MA (Carleton, DPhil (Sussex) Adjunct Professor, Trinity College

David Wagschal, MDiv (St. Vladimir’s Seminary), PhD (Durham) Adjunct Professor, Trinity College

Fr Pishoy (Salama), DMin(TST) Adjunct Professor, Trinity College

Fr Fanourios Pappas, BA, MS, PhD (Thessaloniki), Adjunct Professor, Trinity College