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  About The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is a program for those who are interested in studying the church's history, her sacred texts, liturgy, significant figures, dogma etc. We have already completed four semesters of engaging subjects such as Church History - Post Chalcedon, Coptic Art and Literature, and Introduction to Patristics.

Join us every semester as we invite experts from around the world to teach us about a new area of study. 

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Exciting News!
December 16th, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters of The Lighthouse,

We are thrilled to announce our next semester starting on January 15, 2024!

In continued collaboration through Agora university, The Lighthouse will be offering an Introduction to the New Testament taught by Professor Dr. Michael Wingert.

This course covers the life and redemptive work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the early development of the Church through the Acts of the Apostles and the Epistles.


Agora University is an accredited post-secondary institution offering Master's degrees and certificate programs to students through online learning.

Through this collaboration, you will have access to:

  • 16 lectures by an Orthodox scholar

  • Live Q and A sessions

  • Discussion forums with students from across the globe, and

  • Credit for course, contingent on fulfilling curriculum requirements (optional).


The fee to register for the winter semester is $125 CAD. This is an 85 % reduction in the cost typically associated with the content we will receive.

As the Lighthouse has been accustomed to offering, you will maintain the flexibility to set your own pace of learning through Agora's online platform.

This amazing opportunity is open to anyone above the age of 18 and we encourage you to spread the word!

Registration closes January 26, 2024

Step 1: Register below
Step 2: Send payment to lighthouse@orthodoxy.ca through PayPal or e-transfer

God bless you all

Frequently Asked Questions

What is “The Lighthouse”?
The Lighthouse is a program for those who are interested in advanced studies of the church's history, her sacred texts, liturgy, significant figures, dogma etc.  

What is the course about?
Course description: A survey of the New Testament, this course covers the life and redemptive work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the early development of the Church through the Acts of the Apostles and the Epistles. Readings outside of scripture set the historical background for the reading of the primary texts.

The course will cover:

  • Defining God in the Scriptures and the Ancient Near East

  • Scripture and Authority in the Age of Jesus

  • The Gospel in Time

  • Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke)

  • Johannine Literature

  • Pauline Literature


I have never studied theology before, will I be able to follow along?
The content and the process are designed to allow registrants to go at their own pace, while offering options to connect with the professor and other students to facilitate learning.  

What are the requirements to register?
Requirements are few. You will be able to register with 2 photos (1 regular and 1 government issued) and some standard demographic information.

When are the lectures taking place?
Beginning January, lectures will be pre-recorded for you to listen at your own pace. The professor will schedule live Q and A sessions between January and April.

How much time commitment is required from me?
The course is arranged to lead students from one concept to the next. Accordingly, access to week 2 content will depend on completing week 1 and so on. 2-4 hours will be the approximate time investment per week.

How much does it cost?

This amazing collaboration with Agora is giving Lighthouse registrants access to amazing content for 85% reduction in cost. $125 CAD is the required payment.  

I’m very interested in the material but cannot afford it. Is there financial assistance?
If there are any issues with the cost, please reach out to lighthouse@orthodoxy.ca to make arrangements.

Will I get credit for attending this course?
You will have the option to receive credit for this course. In order to do so, you will need to complete required course work, complete registration as a student (this is more than being Lighthouse participant) and pay the fees associated with the course. Applications can be found here.

Are the credits transferable?
All Agora courses are fully accredited and should be able to transfer to other North American institutions. However, this is up to the receiving institution as the case with any other University.

Will I get an educational tax receipt or donation tax receipt?
There will be no tax receipts issued for the registration fee.  

Will content be available after the program or on YouTube?
Unlike previous semesters, recorded lectures will not be placed on YouTube. However, lecture notes, readings and presentations will be available for download.

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