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Editor’s Note: Please see the author’s comment in the Comment Section at the end of the article. Source: The National Herald By V. Rev. Fr. Steven C. Salaris Last year I attended a clergy gathering where we had several “workshops” discussing the importance of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) ministry to college students, and what I call “The 60%.” This term derives from a recent study revealing that 60% of college students never return to church after college… So why do 60% of our college youth leave Orthodoxy? This is a difficult question to answer, but I have come up with several hypotheses.…

Registration opens TODAY at 9:00 pm EST for Real Break 2013 For over 10 years, Orthodox Christian Fellowship has sent over a thousand College students around the world during Spring Break to serve those less fortunate, becoming lights of Christ to the world. Join other college-aged young adults from across the country in a team, lead by both a Clergy and Lay leader, who will grow and serve together on either a domestic or international trip. Although teams go out to serve, they return transformed having experienced Christ’s immense love through the people they meet and the work they do.…

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…

Source: Orthodox Church in America BROOKLINE, MA [OCF] At the beginning of June 2012, the North American Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF] here launched an exciting new program — “The First Forty Days” — to reach out to incoming first-year Orthodox Christian college students at colleges and universities throughout North America. As its name implies, during the first 40 days of the 2012 fall semester, local OCF student leaders and chaplains will attempt to make personal contact with all new incoming students. They will be given information regarding the OCF chapter on their respective campuses and nearby Orthodox parishes. The intent…

Source: Orthodox Christian Fellowship Brookline, MA The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) announced today that applications are being accepted for the position of Student Advisory Board (SAB) Advisor. This volunteer position is for a motivated person interested in serving the Orthodox Church as a coach, mentor, and facilitator of the determined and passionate group of college students who serve on OCF’s Student Advisory Board. Natalie Kapeluck-Nixon, OCF’s current SAB Advisor, shared her thoughts on her years working with college students: “Being given the opportunity to work with college students has been one of the greatest blessings of my ministry…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, and His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey, addressed students at two separate conferences sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF] during the last week of December 2011. Metropolitan Jonah joined nearly 60 college students at the west coast conference December 27-30 at Saint Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA. He explored the conference theme, “Raise Me Above This World’s Confusion,” in a series of three lectures. He addressed the confusion that stems from “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride…

Source: Orthodoxy Today By Fr. Steven C. Salaris So why do 60% of our college youth leave Orthodoxy? Last year, I attended a clergy gathering where we had several “workshops” discussing the importance of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), ministry to college students, and what I call “The 60%.” This term derives from a recent study revealing that 60% of college students never return to church after college. This sad data applies to Orthodox Christians, too. When discussing this with others, my scientific brain (I’m a former biology professor) wanted data to back up the claim. I wanted to identify the…

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