Divorce & Healing in the Church: Past and Present
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Divorce & Healing in the Church: Past and Present

Learn about divorce in the Orthodox Church from a spiritual, historical, pastoral, and canonical perspective!
4.7 (13 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Last updated 3/2016
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Better understanding of traditional, faith-based approaches to divorce
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Requirements
  • No specific materials are needed
Description

What is the course about?

The series of talks tackles the not-much talked about subject of divorce from an Orthodox Christian perspective, describing and reflecting on the past and present of the Church’s ambivalent attitude toward divorce, while also offering pastoral insights both on self-help and ministry to divorcees.

The key points covered in the course are:

  • Scriptural passages on Divorce
  • The Orthodox understanding of the ”sacramentality” of marriage
  • Church canons and civil law on divorce: „grounds” for divorce yesterday and today
  • Moving Forward After Divorce: Resentments and Healing
  • Challenges and Pitfalls of Ministry to Divorcees


What am I going to get from this course?

  • 9 lectures and over 1 hour of content!
  • 1 handout and 1 helpful worksheet on Dealing with Resentments
  • Better understanding of traditional, faith-based approaches to divorce
  • Factual knowledge of scriptural, pastoral and canonical texts about divorce
  • Inspirational insights on dealing with Post-Divorce Resentments


What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who has gone through or is going through a divorce
  • Anyone interested in Ministry to Divorcees


What are the requirements?

The only requirement for taking this course is having an interest,
either personal or otherwise, in the theory and practice of Divorce in
the Orthodox Church. The pastoral, canonical, historical and scriptural
information, laid out in an accessible fashion, will be helpful to
anyone interested in making sense of the Church's current practice. Sr.
Vassa also makes some practical, pastoral suggestions about dealing with
post-divorce resentments, for anyone ministering to themselves or
others after a divorce.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who has gone through or is going through a divorce
  • Anyone interested in Ministry to Divorcees
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 12 Lectures Collapse All 12 Lectures 01:07:30
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Section 1: Introduction and Context of Today
2 Lectures 11:29

Lecture 2: The Specific Challenges of Today
06:49
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Section 2: What the Bible Says About Divorce
1 Lecture 06:36
Lecture 3: What Does Scripture Say?
06:36
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Section 3: Marriage as a Sacrament
2 Lectures 13:23
Lecture 4: The Church's Explanation of Christ's Words
06:59

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Section 4: Historical Background and Church Canons
2 Lectures 16:16
Lecture 6: Canons & Laws on Divorce in Church History
09:08

Lecture 7: Canonical Grounds for Divorce
07:08
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Section 5: Post-Divorce Healing
2 Lectures 15:40
Lecture 8: Resentment & Healing After Divorce
07:52

Lecture 9: Ministry to Divorcees in the Orthodox Church Today
07:48
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Course Handout (Outline, Quotes, Suggested Reading)
3 Lectures 04:14
Course Handout
04:07

Worksheet on Resentments
00:00

Lecture 12: Additional Reading
00:06
About the Instructor
Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin
4.7 Average rating
13 Reviews
40 Students
1 Course
Theologian & Professor

Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin, a well-known Orthodox theologian, is a liturgiologist with extensive knowledge in the fields of Church History, Canon Law, and Byzantine Tradition. In addition to her years of teaching at the University of Vienna in Austria, she also has years of experience in pastoral ministry and internet evangelization, producing many popular videos and podcasts, "Coffee with Sister Vassa," on current issues of Orthodox life. A prominent woman in her Church, she is a member of two commissions of the Interconciliar Presence of the Russian Orthodox Church, - the Commission for Canon Law and the Commission for Liturgy and Church Art. Sister Vassa is known for her clear, down-to-earth, and humorous style of teaching.