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Orthodox Education (Sunday School)

The Christian Education Department of St. John the Baptist Antiochian Orthodox Church follows the guidelines established by the Orthodox Christian Education Commission (OCEC) as part of a comprehensive Orthodox eduction for both youth and adults. The Orthodox Christian Education Commission is an agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America. It was founded in 1957 by a group of Orthodox theologians and educators as a forum to exchange ideas and to search for solutions to common educational problems. It currently aims to develop and publish educational material for and offers support services to Orthodox Christian Churches in North America. The OCEC is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of jurisdictional representatives. Under the Presidency of Metropolitan Philip Saliba of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, the Commission seeks to encourage cooperation among member jurisdictions. The daily operations of the Commission are conducted by an Executive Board, composed of a Chairman (the Vice President of the Commission) and the various heads of the departments.
Creative Festival

Creative Festivals


The Department of Christian Education coordinates the Art, Poetry, Creative Writing and Photography festivals. The Department of Youth and the Fellowship of St. John the Divine coordinate the Bible Bowl and Oratorical Festival. The festivals continue to be sponsored by the Fellowship of St. John the Divine. As in the past, without the time and effort of their members the festivals would not be possible.

Bible Bowl and Oratorical Festivals

2019 Diocese of Los Angeles/Eagle River Parish Life Conference

The 2019 Diocese of Los Angeles and Diocese of Eagle River Parish Life Conference will be hosted by 
St. Anthony Church in San Diego, CA. Dates are Wednesday to Sunday, July 3-July 7, 2019.

Please check back for more information.

Downloads and Resources-

Creative Arts Festivals Bible Bowl & Oratorical


Oratorical Festival Rules (PDF, rev. July 2013)
Oratorical Festival Coordinator's Manual (PDF)
Bible Bowl Rules
Information on the Creative Arts Festivals


Diocesan Contacts

Updated 3-22-13
Before you begin working on your Creative Festival entries, please check the individual rules for your Diocese at the bottom of this page.

Fellowship of St. John the Divine 
Bible Bowl Advisor

John Abud
c/o St. George Orthodox Church
PO Box 320164
West Roxbury, MA 02132
617-323-0323 ext. 3

Fellowship of St. John the Divine 
Oratorical Coordinator

Julie Anne Abboud
87 Woods Road
Little Falls, NJ 07424
973-812-0444 h



Bible Bowl

Ottawa, Eastern Canada, and 
Upstate New York

Bruna Salhany

Karla Samman

New York and Washington D.C. / 
Charleston and the Mid-Atlantic

Laila Ellias

Please contact Michelle Khalaf at by June 1st to register your teams.

Toledo and the Midwest

Lorice Ratas

Julia Shaheen

Amanda Burgoyne

Worcester and New England

Rachael Reilly
51 Wheelock Street
Oxford, MA 01540

Brendan Ferguson
47 Cedrus Ave.
Roslindale, MA 02131

Miami and the Southeast

Anastasia Quattry
829 River Boat Circle
Orlando, FL 32828-9113

Courtney Gray
14601 Pointe East
Clermont, FL 34711

Wichita and Mid-America

Deadline for Bible Bowl Teams and Oratorical entries is May 31st.

Grace Tannous


Kh. Gigi Shadid
1814 Oakhurst Parkway
Sugar Land, TX  77479
(316) 204-7964

2014 DOWAMA Bible Bowl Registration Form (PDF)

Los Angeles and the West/Eagle River and the Northwest
Deadline Date: June 10th

Amanda Sahawneh

Robin Nicholas
323-665- 2845 h
213-200-7575 c
4237 Dundee Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90027

* Oratorical Submission Deadline is Two Weeks before each Parish Life Conference. Contact each diocesan coordinator for more details.

The Bible Bowl and Oratorical Festivals are hosted by the Fellowship of St. John the Divine. Topics developed and printed by the Department of Youth and Parish Ministry with the blessing of the Metropolitan.

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