On Monday 29 January, St Andrew’s Theological College hosted its fifth annual professional development day for the teachers and staff of the Greek Orthodox schools in Sydney: St Spyridon College (Kingsford), All Saints Grammar (Belmore) and St Euphemia College (Bankstown).
In front of an audience of around 200 people, the event was opened by the College’s Sub-Dean, His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias. It featured presentations relating to the historical adventure of the Orthodox Church throughout the ages by the Very Revd Father Steven Scoutas, the Revd Anastasios Bozikis, and the Revd Gerasimos Koutsouras, all members of the College Faculty Board.
His Grace began the day with prayer, and by thanking the schools on behalf of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia (College Dean) for their attendance. Father Anastasios subsequently covered the beginnings of the Church and significant happenings during the first millennium, culminating in the gradual estrangement between East and West. Father Gerasimos highlighted the challenges faced by the Church during the evermore divisive second millennium as it navigated its way through the rise and fall of empires, revolutions, and modern historical currents and ideologies. Father Steven concluded the morning’s event by outlining the historical contours of Orthodoxy’s migration and settlement on the Australian continent from the early nineteenth century to the post WW2 migration boom, and the expansive pastoral work of Archbishop Stylianos since 1975.