Something new in Theology
Certificate in Orthodox theology in Longueuil
Longueuil, le 27 octobre 1997 – The Faculté de théologie, d'éthique et de philosophie of the Université de Sherbrooke is launching a study programme in Orthodox theology which will begin in January 1998 at the University's Longueuil campus.
This undergraduate project, leading to a Certificate in Orthodox Theology, is the result of a joint effort with Quebecers who are members of the Orthodox Church. This new programme is the first of its kind to be available in French in North America. All the Orthodox Quebecers who took part in the development of the certificate hold graduate degrees.
Three groups are targeted : Orthodox students, who will be able to prepare for service in their communities; students from other denominations, who will receive an initiation into one of the great Christian traditions; and mature students of all ages who want to broaden their cultural horizons and find answers to their personal questions.
The Faculté de théologie, d'éthique et de philosophie considers the Certificate in Orthodox Theology as an enrichment to its various programmes that gravitate around the question of meaning in the fields of philosophy, ethics and theology. A typical example of this approach can be seen in programmes such as the social sciences of religion, wich exist side by side with programmes in catholic theology and in applied ethics.
The Université de Sherbrooke offers this Certificate in Orthodox Theology as an expression of its vitality and openness to innovative projects. This is in keeping with the University's constant ambition to adjust its programmes to the needs of students. This is true in the field of religious studies but also applies to other areas such as education, languages, physical education, etc.
Quebec has become a pluralistic society. In its universities, Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism, and others are studied. However, up to now, there has not been any programme concerning one of the great Christian families, Orthodoxy, which was not always well accepted in Quebec.
Orthodox Christians are increasingly making their presence felt here. They are more than 120,000 in Quebec, mainly in the Greater Montreal region, where they support more than 25 active parishes. Among these parishes there is one, St-Benoît-de-Nursie, that is entirely french speaking.
To register in the Orthodox Theology Certificate programme, please call (514) 738-4018, in Montreal, or (819) 821-7600, in Sherbrooke.
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