2023 St Andrew's Theology Symposium

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With the blessing of our College Dean, His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia,
the Fourth Theology Symposium will be held at St Andrew's in on the 18-19th August, 2023. The theme of the Symposium is

'For the Life of the World: The Church's Missional Identity and Witness Today'.



At a conciliar gathering of all autocephalous Orthodox Churches from all around the world—namely, at the 2016 Holy and Great Council of Crete—a first ever document was formally approved titled, ‘The Mission of the Orthodox Church in Today’s World’. The specific contents of this document addressed the role of the Church in the public sphere arising from the Church’s apostolic character and in response to Christ’s great commission: “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19). After reaffirming “the dignity and majesty of the human person” grounded in humanity’s vocation to deification, the document attempts to bring into conversation some of today’s most pressing issues with the wisdom and beauty of the Orthodox spiritual tradition. Some of the modern challenges identified included: the intrinsic divine gift of freedom and responsibility of all human beings created in the image and likeness of God; their right for peace, justice and aversion of war; racism and poverty; consumerism and the growing gap in economic inequity; human rights and bioethics, as well as technology and climate change. Essentially, the Church’s mission, according to the document, entails nothing less than the Church continuing the work of the apostles as mandated by Christ.

This year’s theology symposium will seek to explore what is meant by the mission of the Church in the twenty-first century. The hope is that such focus on the missional character of the Church will provide a richer tapestry of missional models thereby casting further light—indeed a more enriching and holistic perspective—on this most important dimension of the Church’s mission in the world today so that the Church may be better empowered to continue to “proclaim the good news of a new creation, of new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells (II Pt 3:13); news of a world in which God will wipe away every tear from people’s eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain (Rev 21:4-5).”

Convenor: Associate Professor Philip Kariatlis









 - Registrations are open to all -

- We welcome those from all faiths and backgrounds to "come and see" -

- Please mail your registration to St Andrew's, or simply email the document to [email protected] -


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- We look forward to seeing you there -





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