Unseen Warfare

Lecture 7 at Syezd 2015, Melbourne was given by Very Rev. Fr Nicholas Dalinkiewicz, on the topic of the Antichrist – Unseen Warfare.

Below you will find a video that is viewable by those that are registered.

Official News Release: Post Syezd Melbourne 2015

With the blessing of His Grace Bishop George, the 51st annual Orthodox Youth Conference – Syezd 2015 – was successfully held from 26-31 December 2015, at Camp Manyung, Mt Eliza, south-east of Melbourne, Victoria. As in previous years, Syezd 2015 provided attendees with the opportunity to learn more about their Orthodox faith as well as meeting many other Orthodox youth from all over Australia and overseas.

The first day being a Saturday, evening vespers were held at Camp Manyung on the first night of Syezd, after registration and a welcome dinner. Early the following morning on Sunday, a bus took everyone to Liturgy at the Holy Protection Cathedral in Brunswick, Victoria. Syezd 2015 attendees were also fortunate to witness the extremely rare event of the consecration of a new altar table at the Cathedral and were invited by the Sisterhood to lunch after Liturgy with the Bishop in the church hall.

During Syezd, many interesting talks were given by clergy as well as lay people. Talks such as “The Apocalypse” by Bishop George, “Unseen Warfare” by Very Rev. Fr Nicholas Dalinkiewicz, “The Destruction of Morals” by Very Rev. Dr Michael Protopopov and “The Orthodox Family – An Ark of Salvation” by Very Rev. Fr Gabriel Makarov were very popular amongst the youth. Other speakers included Very Rev. Fr Nicholas Karipoff, Deacon Fr Mark Woloszyn, Valeria Zoteyeva (psychologist) and Elena Metlenko.

Many interesting and thought provoking questions during question and answer time were asked by the youth. For those that were too shy to ask, a Question Box was provided where they could write down their questions and then the clergy would publicly answer each question during specially allocated Q&A sessions between lectures.

All meals were prepared by the camp’s on-site chefs who valiantly met the challenge of feeding so many Russians with hearty Lenten appetites three times a day. With spectacular warm, sunny weather, attendees socialised, catching up with old friends and making many new friends, swam at the nearby beach, played basketball and tennis and joined in other outdoor activities. Some enjoyed peaceful walks in the landscaped gardens or relaxed under shady trees as they spent time getting to know each other

On the last night of the Syezd, a talent show was held where each team, consisting of both clergy and youth, had to showcase their talents. Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely amidst laughter and amazement at themselves and each other’s skills, incredible creativity and imagination. Afterwards, about 20 young people joined the clergy in singing Russian folk songs and sharing their backgrounds, and discussing their thoughts & ideas about the future of Orthodox youth in Australia. Many memorable moments were captured on film and will be reminisced for many years to come.

We have analysed all the feedback; Syezd Melbourne 2015 was deemed a great success and everyone is now all excited about the next Syezd which will be held on the Gold Coast next December, 2016.

Huge thank you to the amazing sponsors for their financial support and in-kind support: Lonergan & Raven Funeral Directors, Russian House Melbourne, Your Easy Web Solutions, Russian Youth Council of Australia (Melbourne), Russian Ethnic Representative Council of Victoria. The Melbourne Orthodox Youth Group also contributed a large amount of time and energy into fundraising!

The Special is now closed

The Crazy Discount Special is now closed! Congratulations to those who made it and got the special!

As the Gold Coast committee is still working out the cost of Syezd, please stay tuned and a price will be put up in the near future.

CLOSED: Crazy Discount for Repeat Attendees!

As mentioned on the last day of Syezd, for a limited time only (until midnight Sunday 10th January 2016), a HUGE discount is available for those that attended Syezd Melbourne 2015.

The special price is $250!!! It is estimated that next Syezd could cost up to $399 full price, so, this is just a crazy, absurd, insane discount – a way of saying thank you to those that attended in 2015 and want to attend the next one – at the Gold Coast! There are only 25 available spots, so do not let this chance pass you by!

If you did not attend the Syezd Melbourne 2015, please wait until later this year when we have finalised and opened registrations to the public.

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Be on Guard!

How Satan keeps Christians from Christ


We live in a world that zooms around us with ever-increasing speed and events that crowd our thoughts & feelings, overwhelming us with stress, anxiety and fears. There seems no escape from the tumultuous assault on all our senses, pervading our mind, bodies and souls.

Even our children are not spared – their very conscience is attacked by school politics which dictate learning acceptance of all that is immoral and amoral, that being even curious or interested in God is ground for ridicule, bullying and ostracism. It is not acceptable for Orthodox Christians to ignore or accept the assault on Christianity.

“Be on Guard” is aimed to make one aware and alert to what is really happening in our everyday lives –the spiritual warfare preventing us from God and salvation.

By Elena Metlenko

A life worth living – psychological perspectives

This presentation will introduce individual development from biopsychosocial and spiritual perspectives. It will also discuss main psychological approaches to what does living a good life mean and what it means to be well as a person. Conflicting social and spiritual values will be discussed using Christmas as an example. This session will be concluded having a discussion of the introduced material with the audience and allowing time for the questions.

By Valeria Zoteyeva

  • Master of Psychology(Health) from Monash University.
  • At Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia Valeria was a Psychologist/ Lecturer in Psychology, specializing in Organisational Psychology.
  • She is a practicing Psychologist, general registration with Health psychology endorsement, Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.
  • She is also a full member of the Australian Psychological Society,
  • She has worked at private hospitals and community organisations, with over 10 years of experience in psychology research, internationally, and clinical practice in different settings in Australia.
  • The Holy Protection Russian Orthodox parish, Russian Ethnic Council and Valeria, are at the moment, supporting and collaborating in the setting up of a low-cost Orthodox psychology Clinic in Melbourne.