ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
“Keeping our College Students Connected to the Church”
Orthodox Christian Fellowship Launches 2013-2014 Year With Summer Leadership Institute With The Student Advisory Board
Brookline, MA - From August 15th through the 19th,
fourteen Orthodox Christian student leaders assumed their roles as
members of the Student Advisory Board (SAB). They participated in four
days of intensive leadership training to plan and execute the 2013-2014
campus ministry activities for all of North America. Through a generous
donation from the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, the
students travelled from across the continent to gather in Detroit, MI.
Eight young men and six young women, representing an array of Orthodox
jurisdictions, were warmly welcomed by the staff of St. Andrew House, a
pan-Orthodox center which was graciously donated by His Eminence
Archbishop Nathaniel of the OCA for our students.
the Summer Leadership Institute, talented guest speakers including Fr.
Brendan Pelphrey, Fr. John Mefrige, Dan Christopulos, and Mike Kotis
presented on topics such as sharing Orthodoxy with others, peacemaking,
servant leadership, and personal goal-setting. Coupled with these
workshops were sessions delivered by the North American staff on
effective communication, public speaking, and facilitation strategies.
All workshops fine-tuned the skills students need to be effective
servant leaders, opened discussion on how to have a rich personal
spiritual life, and provided knowledge of Orthodox theology and
liturgics. Conversations were thought-provoking, challenging their
perspectives on the Church in today's world and how our Orthodox faith
unites us and is strengthened by the diversity of our traditions. The
students left prepared to implement campus ministry for the Orthodox
Church as strong Orthodox leaders of today and tomorrow.
Director Jennifer Nahas was delighted with the results, "OCF has a
talented, smart, and passionate student board eager to support our
chapters, engage our students, and implement quality College Conferences
and Real Break trips. I see in our college students a vibrant future
for the Orthodox Church in North America."
Advisory Board Chair, Tanya Schillawski, Northeastern University Class
of 2014, is very excited about spearheading the Church's work in campus
ministry. She said, "We have been tasked with an awesome responsibility,
and as we embark on the upcoming year, we look forward to fostering
unity in all the work we do and the programs we present."
For more information on this year's SAB, please read their bios here: http://www.ocf.net/wikis/sab/2013-2014-student-advisory-board.aspx
Sep 4, 2013 7:17 AM