“I want to give youth the opportunity to speak… I want to hear the youth.” Archbishop Makarios
On 29th June 2019, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia welcomed a new Primate and Father in His Eminence, Archbishop Makarios, and with him, a new focus on Australia’s youth and young adult community.
“In collaboration with our blessed priests,” he shared at his enthronement, “we shall give greater emphasis to the younger generations. Young people constitute a priority for the Holy Archdiocese of Australia. They are not simply the future; they are also the present of the church.”
On Saturday 29th February, Sydney’s ‘Assemble’ 2020 will take place, which seeks to provide an all-new experience, bridging the gap between the youth and the Church, dissolving myths and revealing the Truth in an open forum enabling registrants to speak freely and share with likeminded people.
This one-day event curated for those aged 15-40, will bring everyday people, respected clergy and academics together under the leadership of His Eminence Archbishop Makarios.
"There is no better education than to search ‘as one body, and with one heart’ for spiritual goals that will assist not only in this life, but also in the next,” shared Dr Dimitri Kepreotes, an Assemble 2020 session presenter.
“It is not a blind search, as Orthodoxy has accumulated much wisdom throughout 2000 years. This conference combines youthful searching with God’s wisdom, which is the ‘salt and light’ of the world. For this reason, I am sure we will all look back on this event in years to come as a unique opportunity for growth in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,” he added.
Each segment of Assemble 2020 is themed 'Salt and Light', exploring the meaning of Christ's words in the Holy Gospel of Matthew.
Whether you're in high school, at uni, working, married, or single: if you're aged between 15 and 39 and you're seeking strength, inspiration, rest - if you're seeking Christ - this event is for you.
Assemble 2020 is being hosted by St Euphemia Greek Orthodox School in Bankstown. (6/12 East Terrace, Bankstown NSW 2200)
Registration (which closes on February 22) is free and essential. For more on the event and to secure your place, please visit: www.cycnsw.org.au/assembleconference