At the initiative of Greek Orthodox Community and Parish of St Paraskevi, St Albans, Victoria, and the Australian Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Protopresbyter Dr Doru Costache offered a two-day seminar on the topic, The Creed: A Summary of Orthodox Faith and Life. The seminar, held on 17-18 May 2019, was designed for mature audiences, providing basic information regarding the antecedents, the history, and the content of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. The first presentation of the series introduced the setting within which the Orthodox Church approaches the Creed, as a recapitulation of our faith and life. The guiding assumption of the seminar was the conviction that Orthodox Christianity cannot be reduced to either ideological statements or pious practices, and that, accordingly, the Creed must be understood in a complex perspective. This framework then served for the analysis of the credal articles from a double perspective, doctrinal and spiritual. The latter focused on bringing to the fore the existential significance of the Creed as guidance for life, not as an ideological declaration. The interpretation of the Creed occasioned lively interactions between speaker and audience. AIOCS and the speaker express their profound gratitude to the Greek Orthodox Community and Parish of St Paraskevi, its parish priest, Father Irinaios Koikas, who put everything in motion, and the attendees, for two days of Christian elation and fellowship.
Photos from the seminar.