College Conference West 2016 – St. Nicholas Ranch, California
Dates: December 27-30, 2016
Cost: $325.00 (partial scholarships available, see below)
College Conference 2016 Scholarships have been graciously offered by several participating Orthodox jurisdictions in different amounts and in limited quantities. Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) will review all scholarship applications on behalf of the jurisdictions and will notify applicants within two (2) weeks of registration if their request for assistance has been granted until all of the available scholarships have been distributed. Given the limited number of scholarships that have been made available by the jurisdictions, OCF encourages registrants to register and to apply early. If a registrant is unable to obtain a scholarship for College Conference 2016 and would like information on other possible avenues to pursue for financial assistance, please contact OCF National Programs Manager, Donna Levas at email@example.com.
Transportation: Available from the LAX Airport and the Fresno Airport to/from St. Nicholas Ranch.
- LAX Transportation – Participants must arrive on December 27th by 1:00PM to depart on the 2:00PM shuttle. Participants must book flights leaving LAX to depart after 5:00PM on December 30th, as the shuttle will leave St. Nicholas Ranch at 11:00AM.
- Fresno Airport Transportation – Two shuttle pick-up options available on December 27th, one departing at 2:00PM and the other at 5:00PM. Participants must book flights leaving Fresno to depart after 3:00PM on December 30th, as the shuttle will leave St. Nicholas Ranch at 11:00AM.
Keynote Speaker – V. Rev. John D. Finley
Father John is a priest at St. Athanasius Antiochian Orthodox Church in Santa Barbara, California. Ordained to the priesthood in 1997, and elevated to the dignity of archpriest in 2004, he has been an active field staff member of the Department for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America since 1996, establishing and serving many missions and parishes across the United States and Canada. Father John is married to Jan Finley, and is the father of three grown children and the proud grandfather of two.
Why are you excited to speak to the Conference’s Theme of “Come and See” (John 1:39)?
“I am excited to speak to the theme of “Come and See” because our modern minds tend to reverse that formula; we want to “see” before we “come.” In other words, most people want to understand before they taste. The Psalmist says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”( Psalm 34:8) It seems that he is saying that we must experience the Kingdom of God in worship before we begin to understand it.”