Foundations of Orthodox Christianity

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Foundations of Orthodox Christianity

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Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, services at The Good Shepherd are no longer open to the public but can be viewed online. More…


Foundations of Orthodox Christianity is an adult education course that provides an overview of the faith and practice of Orthodox Christians. The course is designed to be accessible and enjoyable for anyone who is seeking to understand Orthodox Christianity. Sessions consist of group activities, lectures and small group discussion.

Since Coronavirus restrictions were put in place, Foundations of Orthodox Christianity has taken the form of twice-monthly sessions via video conference. Each session covers a different topic and features a presentation, Q&A and group discussion.

The course is designed specifically for catechumens (people who are seeking to be received into the Church through baptism or chrismation). We also welcome inquirers (those who want to understand without making a commitment) and existing Orthodox Christians (who may want to refresh their knowledge of the foundations of the faith).

To register your interest in participating in the course, send us an email to introduce yourself. We will respond with details about how to connect with our sessions.



The Good Shepherd Orthodox Church, located in Clayton, Melbourne, is a living witness to the power of the Gospel and the fullness of the Christian Faith in modern, secular Australia.

We are a vibrant Australian Christian community under the direction of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand & the Philippines, which belongs to the jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East.

The Church of Antioch is the continuation of the Christian community founded in Antioch by the Apostles Peter (who served as its first bishop) and Paul. The Patriarchate of Antioch is the oldest of the ancient Patriarchates constituting the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.

All services are in the English language and are streamed online via Facebook and YouTube. The Good Shepherd hosts regular online meetings for fellowship, prayer, patristic reading and children’s Sunday school.



Sunday, 21 March 2021 - 2:00pm
Sunday, 18 April 2021 - 2:00pm
Sunday, 16 May 2021 - 2:00pm
Sunday, 20 June 2021 - 2:00pm
Sunday, 18 July 2021 - 2:00pm