Divorce & Healing in the Church: Past and Present

Learn about divorce in the Orthodox Church from a spiritual, historical, pastoral, and canonical perspective!
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  • Lectures 12
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2016 English

Course 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.

What are the requirements?

  • No specific materials are needed

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Better understanding of traditional, faith-based approaches to divorce

Who is the target audience?

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

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Section 1: Introduction and Context of Today
Lecture 1: Objectives of the Course
Lecture 2: The Specific Challenges of Today
Section 2: Section 2: What the Bible Says About Divorce
Lecture 3: What Does Scripture Say?
Section 3: Section 3: Marriage as a Sacrament
Lecture 4: The Church's Explanation of Christ's Words
Lecture 5: If Marriage is a "Sacrament," Then What is Divorce?
Section 4: Section 4: Historical Background and Church Canons
Lecture 6: Canons & Laws on Divorce in Church History
Lecture 7: Canonical Grounds for Divorce
Section 5: Section 5: Post-Divorce Healing
Lecture 8: Resentment & Healing After Divorce
Lecture 9: Ministry to Divorcees in the Orthodox Church Today
Section 6: Course Handout (Outline, Quotes, Suggested Reading)
Course Handout
Worksheet on Resentments
Lecture 12: Additional Reading

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin, 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. 

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