Bishop Kyrillos’ Education Initiative & Vision
His Grace Bishop Kyrillos delivered a moving speech at the event, read below for quotes of the different areas highlighted within his speech:
Importance of Education
“Next month the Church will celebrate 100 years of the establishment of Sunday School; and next year we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Church here in Los Angeles. It is on these occasions we are compelled to reexamine our commitment to education and secure a concrete plan for the next 50 years of the diocese, and the next 100 years of Christian education. If we have learned anything from the life of Habib Girgis in the past 150 years, when the Church’s education is deficient, Her mission is drastically compromised.”
Education in the Church Agenda
“Last week, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II invited bishops, priests, and servants from North America, UK, and Australia for a week-long seminar dedicated to Christian Education. There is no doubt that our church, starting with His Holiness, His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion (who suggested this topic as the focus of the conference), the bishops and clergy value the education agenda as central to our Church’s evolution.”… “At that meeting last week many things were discussed. HH was challenging us to meet the growing needs of Christian education like hiring Full time staff and faculty, developing more Christian schools, accrediting our existing theological school, and even hosting fundraisers for Christian education. HH was joyfully surprised to hear of tonight’s event for this purpose.”
His Grace outlined many areas of struggle to fulfill the mission of ACTS and the Christian Education Department. He points towards mainly issues of adoption and resources.
Need for Continued Support
“We face many challenges, and in the journey of education, we are bound to face many more. I sincerely appreciate your dedication to the importance of education. But I hope and pray that your involvement does not end with dessert. We as Copts, and as Americans, expect and search for the best, especially when it comes to education.
Our children, our youth, our servants, our priests, our church and our salvation depends on the best education of scripture, the Holy Trinity and the Church. We must, together be dedicated to providing the best quality of education in whatever form or audience. Our children should not have to settle for less, because we were unwilling to provide more.
By the end of the year we are submitting our application for accreditation for ACTS. One of the most important factors, if not the most important factor, for accrediting bodies is financial sustainability. They always prefer one person contributing $100 per month, than a one-time $1200 donation—not only for predictability of funds, but also to determine the commitment of the donors.”
50% of funds will be allocated for hiring faculty and staff.
20% will be dedicated to the broader goals of Christian education, including the development of curricula for Sunday School, Servants’ Preparation, and Deacons/ Hymns school. These curricula and programs will not only be used within in our beloved diocese, but throughout North America, Australia and UK as agreed in our meeting with His Holiness that took place last week. So what we are doing here in Los Angeles will potentially affect Coptic Education in NA, UK and Australia!
10% of your contributions will go toward our scholarship program for new students in the lands of Immigration.
10% development of future programs beyond that of the MTS and ThM which we are applying for this year.
10% will go toward Marketing and Advertising