Source: Orthodox Church in America
BROOKLINE, MA [OCF] Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF] has designated October as Orthodox Awareness Month in an effort to foster an understanding of Orthodox Christianity and educate students on college campuses across North America.
Throughout the month of October, OCF chapters are being encouraged to organize activities and programs on their campuses to share the Orthodox Christian Faith with their communities at large. Events include setting up informational tables and hosting speakers, as well as chapter events compiled by OCF’s Student Advisory Board, such as “Compline and Coffee,” “Pizza and Paraklesis,” and many others.
“Participating in Orthodox Awareness Month can benefit a local chapter by strengthening their internal bonds and their relationship with their local parish,” explains Tanya Schillawski, Advisory Board Praxis Coordinator and student at Northeastern University. “Although the focus is on educating non-Orthodox Christians about the Orthodox Faith, it’s also about ourselves learning more so that we can be witnesses of Christ and His Church to the best of our ability.”
Students and OCF advisors can download the Orthodox Awareness Month Manual, which contains a step-by-step guide to organizing a variety of possible chapter events, OCF North American Programs, and other resources. Included is also a packet titled “Presenting Orthodoxy,” which provides helpful facts about Orthodoxy and answers to frequently asked questions. These resources may be downloaded here.