Orthodox Christian Fellowship
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Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the official college campus ministry of the Episcopal Assembly of North and Central America, founded in 1976 under SCOBA. It is a Pan-Orthodox effort, overseen by an Executive Committee and aided by a sixteen-person Student Advisory Board.
The office is located in Boston, Massachusetts, where full time staff develops OCF, guiding and supporting local OCF chapters through communication with the larger Orthodox community, national programs, and development of resources Orthodox college students and those interested in Orthodoxy can utilize.
Each year OCF celebrates a winter retreat during late December, at the Antiochian Village in Bolivar, Pennsylvania, on the East Coast and at St. Nicholas Ranch Dunlap, California, on the West Coast.
OCF also sponsors Real Break as an alternative to the "traditional" spring break, which provides opportunities for spiritual growth with direct interaction with a priest accompanying each group.
Over the past four years OCF has had over 350 Orthodox students from all over North America participate in Real Break during their spring break. In 2004, trips were made to Project Mexico, Hogar Rafael Ayau in Guatemala, Raphael House in San Francisco, Greece and Alaska.
Another effort of the OCF is The Basil Leaf, the official newsletter of the central office. It serves as the main source of communication between the office and all Orthodox college students in the United States, covering relevant questions, controversial issues and activities.
On August 21, 2006, OCF hired Fr. Kevin Scherer as its first full time Executive Director in the ministry's 30-year history. At the same time, Mr. John Stonestreet was hired as OCF Chaplain in Charlotte, North Carolina. The hirings were a result of OCF receiving an Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund Grant.
- Orthodox Christian Fellowship (official website)
- Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News Release
- OCF Talk - discussion forum for OCF students, parents, and alumni
- AIM: OCFBuddy
- OCF-North Carolina blog
- Interview with OCF's first full-time chaplain, John Stonestreet
- OCF @ University of Toronto (Toronto, ON, Canada)
- OCF @ McMaster University (Hamilton, ON, Canada)