The Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival was established in 1983 by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to provide teenagers with an opportunity to write and talk about their faith. The Oratorical Festival Program has two levels: a Junior Division for students in the 7th through 9th grades and a Senior Division for those in the 10th through 12th grades.
The top speakers in each division from the parishes advance to the Metropolis level, and the two division finalists represent the Metropolis in the Archdiocese Finals.
Parish finalists in the Metropolis of Denver travel to the host parish and participate in activities throughout the weekend, culminating with the delivery of their speeches before Metropolitan Isaiah, the other participants and their parents, and the judges.
The Archdiocese Department of Religious Education issues an annual manual and festival tips for use by parish and Metropolis Oratorical Festival chairmen, which assist in implementation and provides governance for the event.
The Metropolis of Denver Oratorical Coordinator, Mrs. Maria Georgeton, assists the clergy and Oratorical Festival chairs in facilitating the various parish and Metropolis level festivals. Ms. Georgeton may be reached by phone at 281-468-2220, or at email@example.com.
The 2018 Metropolis Oratorical Festival will be held March 9 - 11, 2018, and will be hosted by St. Anna Parish in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.
Junior Division (Grades 7–9)
- In John 15:13–15, Jesus teaches about friendship to His disciples. Discuss the importance of friendship in your life.
- Choose a parable from the Gospel of Luke and discuss how it speaks to our contemporary life.
- Talk about a time and circumstance when you were in awe and wonder – where you sensed the majesty of God.
- Discuss how prayer, fasting, serving others, or study of Orthodoxy assists you with your relationship with Christ and the Church.
- In Mark 2:1–12, four men remove a roof in order to bring a paralytic to Jesus to be healed. How inventive are we in bringing people to Jesus for healing?
Senior Division (Grades 10–12)
- People often say, “It felt right” in order to explain their decisions. How many of our decisions factor in not only our feelings but also the will and commandments of God?
- Christ’s disciples made the commitment to follow Him without knowing what the outcome might be. What does it mean to follow Christ today?
- How can we have religious conversations on social media in an age of trolling?
- Christ said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear” (Mark 4:9). The Lord said this with reference to the way we hear the word of God. What is our response?
- Our lives are saturated with violence, not only in terms of the proliferation of war and terrorism but even as entertainment through movies and video games. In such an environment, how can a Christian cultivate virtues that lead to empathy, peacemaking, and self-sacrifice?
Visit the Archdiocese 2018 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival page for additional information.