Fishers, IN – Creating
a “Revolution of Love” was the theme explored by around 400 Orthodox college
students, speakers, and hierarchs at the 2008 OCF College Conference. Students
from around the United States and Canada gathered for worship, fellowship, workshops,
reflection, and fun at three locations: the Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA;
the St. Nicholas Ranch in Dunlap, CA; and one new location, the Diakonia Center
in Salem, SC.
The College Conference takes
place each year on Dec. 27 – 31. Speaking to the theme of a “Revolution of
Love” in 2008 were three keynote speakers: Fr. Kevin Scherer, Executive
Director of OCF (Antiochian Village), Fr. Nicholas Triantofilou, President of
Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Diakonia
Center), and Mr. Dan Christopulos, Development Director for International
Orthodox Christian Charities (St. Nicholas Ranch).
How Orthodox Christians
should respond to poverty, homelessness, human trafficking, and genocide were
among the questions reflected upon by each of the keynote speakers.
“There’s only one response to
poverty and injustice for the Christian,” noted Fr. Kevin Scherer, “and that is
During the conference, OCF
officially announced a new program called the Pilgrimage for Justice. This
unconventional conference will take place on Pentecost weekend (June 5 – 8,
2009) at the Antiochian Village, and will further immerses students into the
world of poverty and injustice, equipping them in the process to respond with
Christ’s love to the broken world around us.
OCF was also very pleased to
open a new location in the South for 2008 at the Diakonia Center. Nearly 50
students participated in our first College Conference in this location. One of
the highlights of this location was the Service Project where the students
headed into Atlanta, GA to share meals with the homeless, thereby putting into
practice the theme of the conference. One student noted of the experience, “I
can’t begin to discuss how this has changed my views.”
For more reports on the 2008
College Conference, as well as information for the 2009 conference and other
OCF programs, visit www.ocf.net.
Jan 13, 2009 6:18 PM