This festival is all about developing your voice -- we want to hear your unique insights on Orthodoxy. Please take some time to explore the resources available here, and contact Julie Wynn with questions. We are happy to mentor you as much as you like! Let us know if there's anything you need.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Elementary Division for 2018!

This year we are offering an elementary division for Transfiguration's St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. This is not a judged portion to the festival. The purpose of the Elementary Division is to offer our 4th, 5th, and 6th grade children the opportunity to express their feeling about their Faith and Church while gaining confidence and self-esteem. In addition, it provides an incentive to the children for later participation in the Junior and Senior Divisions.

 Please assist your child(ren) in choosing a topic (topics are listed below). You can discuss the topic with your child, review their papers for grammar, and help them practice their speech.

 The speech only needs to be 30 seconds to 2 minutes long.

 The Oratorical Festival will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, January 28. The Elementary division will be presented while the judges are deliberating the Junior and Senior speeches.

 The link to the sign-up is on the bottom of this page. Please select the Elementary division and then proceed to the 3rd page to select the topic number. The deadline to sign up is January 17. 


1. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me..." What does this mean to you?

2. Icons are our windows to Heaven, they seek to draw us to Christ and His holy saints. What is your favorite icon?

3. We receive Holy Communion each Sunday at Liturgy. How would you explain Holy Communion to a friend who is not Orthodox?

4. The Theotokos, the Mother of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is also the mother to all Christians. How is the Theotokos a mother to you?

 If you have any questions, please contact me at txwynn at gmail dot come. In Christ's love, Julie Wynn

Thursday, September 14, 2017

2018 Oratorical!

The Archdiocese has released the topics for this year's Oratorical Festival and we have set the date: January 28.

It's time to get started!

We'll have Oratorical help available to you at TFIG1 on Wednesday nights.

November 29 -- Brainstorming.
We'll talk about all the topics and help come up with some good ideas to get you started.

January 24  -- Speech Practice.
We'll be each other's audience and offer feedback on your presentations.

So check out the topics and mark your calendar. Contact Julie Wynn with any questions! (txwynn at gmail dot com)

Friday, August 26, 2016

2017 Oratorical!

The topics have been announced for the 2017 Oratorical Festival. You'll find them in the column on the right, and on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese website.

Our parish festival is scheduled for Sunday, February 12.

The Metropolis of Denver Oratorical Festival will be held March 16-18 in Fort Worth, Texas.

If you have any questions or would appreciate some assistance planning and preparing a speech, please feel free to contact Julie Wynn any time!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Praxis Article on 2012 Oratorical

Please take a moment to read an article from a recent edition of Praxis magazine, including interviews with the participants of the 2012 National Oratorical Festival in Bethesda, MD and the complete texts of the winning speeches.

You'll find some interesting comments on the hardest part of participating in the festival, as well as some useful advice for perfecting your speech.

You'll see Alexa Pappas in there -- she came to Austin last March to compete in the Metropolis of Denver Oratorical Festival, and she won, going on to represent our Metropolis in the National Festival, which she also won.  If any of you had the opportunity to meet her or to hear her speech, you know how well-deserved her honors are.

The 2012 National First Place Speaker came from our own Metropolis of Denver -- and this year, it could be you.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Great Public Speaking Website

I just stumbled onto a great website:

This site has tons of tips and inspirations for writing and delivering a truly great speech.  Take a look!