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A Synaxarion of Daily Saints Part 1 | Fall

This course is broken up into two parts which can be taken and stand alone as semesters with unrepeatable content.
Fr. Lawrence Farley says in the introduction to his book A Daily Calendar of Saints:

Living as a disciple of Jesus means never living alone. That is, while we may sometimes (or often) experience life as a social solitary, we always have the company of the saints. God has saved us by setting us in the Body of His Son, His holy Church, and working out our salvation means that we find eternal life as part of that Body. (5)
While we often hear talk in Christian communities about being a body or even a family, it is all too common, even amongst those same Christians, to think very narrowly about this reality and to not give much thought to those members of the Church who have reposed in the body but are alive in Christ. The Church provides us with a calendar that reminds us about the continuing presence of many of these brothers and sisters in Christ, but how well do we really know them?
In this course, we will endeavor to grow closer to these fellow members of the Body of Christ through the short readings about the daily saints for each week as we progress through the semester. We will also work to grow closer to those saints who are closest to us: those whose names we bear, or those who have impacted our lives in significant ways. We will discuss our thoughts about the lives of the saints presented in our weekly readings, share with each other what we know about our patron saints or other saints who are significant in our lives, and learn the most important prayers and hymns of the Church connected to them.

Required Materials:
A Daily Calendar of Saints by Fr. Lawrence R. Farley (ISBN: 978-1-944-967-41-3). It can be purchased through the Ancient Faith store, AbeBooks, or from Amazon.
Other materials that will be provided by the instructor as downloads on Canvas.
Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.

Dn. Michael DeHaven began his teaching career as a graduate student at the University of Kansas in 2008 and has taught several subjects in different capacities since then. Prior to that, he served for a little more than 10 years in the Air Force (Security Forces) and spent some time in the IT world as a help desk analyst and later as an operations engineer.
He holds a BA in German from Washburn University and an MA and PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Kansas but started off his college adventure as a Physics major and still maintains an active interest in science. While still in graduate school, he completed the St. Stephen’s Course in Orthodox Theology and was ordained to the Deaconate by His Grace Bishop Basil on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul in 2017.
Dn. Michael serves at Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Topeka, KS. He has been married to his wife Sandra since 1991 and has two grown daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys dabbling in languages, trying to improve his woodworking skills, and volunteering with the Civil Air Patrol.

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

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  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

Red checkmarkScanner: In this class, students frequently submit homework assignments by scanning pages from their workbooks. Students and/or their parents should have easy access to a scanner and the ability to use it.


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