Junior Division Topics (Grades 7–9)
(Minimum 3 minutes, Maximum 4 minutes)
1. Discuss the challenges and opportunities of watching a church service that is live
2. Prayer is called a “conversation with God.” Discuss the meaning of prayer in
3. During the pandemic, people noticed that our natural environment became
cleaner. What can this teach us about our care for the natural world?
4. Why is the Church still relevant, especially for young people, in our increasingly
secular, post-COVID world?
5. Choose one parable from the Gospel of Luke chapters 15 or 16 that is particularly
meaningful to you and explain what we can learn from it.
Senior Division Topics (Grades 10–12)
(Minimum 4 minutes, Maximum 5 minutes)
1. During the stay at home period of the pandemic, Orthodox Christians had to
find ways to practice their faith without attending church in person or
participating in parish activities. Discuss what you learned during those days.
2. In July 2020, a Turkish court gave permission for Hagia Sophia to be converted
from a museum into a mosque. Discuss the significance of Hagia Sophia in the
history of Christianity and the power of monuments like it to inspire religious
3. We live in a highly polarized society – left vs. right, personal liberty vs. common
good, and other issues where it seems everything is politicized. How are we as
Orthodox Christians called to navigate this environment?
4. St. Peter writes, “Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext
for evil; but live as servants of God.” (1 Peter 2:16). What is freedom and how
does it become a basis for being a servant?
5. In the Psalms we read, “If you, Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could
stand? But there is forgiveness with you.” (Psalm 130:3-4, NRSV). Discuss how
an Orthodox Christian understands sin, forgiveness, mercy, and repentance.