Orthodox Christian Fellowship
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Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the official college campus ministry under SCOBA. They are a Pan-Orthodox effort, overseen by an Executive Committee and aided by an 16 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, PA, on the East Coast and at St. Nicholas Ranch Dunlap, CA, on the West Coast.
OCF also sponsors Real Break which is an alternative to the "traditional" spring break which many times can be nothing but foggy memories and empty experiences. Real Break also provides opportunities for spiritual growth with one of one interaction with a priest accompanying each group. The experience also leaves the door open to many important personal realizations.
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 students in the country. Specifically, it is a publication that caters to the questions, controversial issues and activities that college-aged Orthodox youth are exposed to in their daily lives and along their journey of faith.
On August 21, 2006, OCF hired Reverend 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