OCF receives $25,000 Matching Grant Opportunity

OCF receives $25,000 Matching Grant Opportunity

50 Goddard Avenue – Brookline, MA 02445

Phone: 617.850.1227 | Fax: 617.850.1460

www.ocf.net | info@ocf.net

Contact: OCF National Office
office@ocf.net

Date: June 15, 2020

We’ve got good news!
OCF receives $25,000 Matching Grant Opportunity

BROOKLINE, MA — Over the past few months, we have all been faced with challenges that point to an uncertain future. However, in the midst of these challenges, OCF remains committed to building community, strengthening faith, and bringing Christ’s love to college students. Since March 2020, OCF has provided these new opportunities for college students:

  • Virtual discussion series on Fr. Thomas Hopko’s “55 Maxims for Christian Living”
  • Virtual chapel opportunities, including Compline, Paraklesis, and the Akathist of Thanksgiving
  • Virtual small groups facilitated by OCF alumni connecting students with their peers to discuss their faith and current experience
  • Lenten cooking videos
  • Holy Week video series connecting the pilgrimage sites of Real Break Jerusalem to the services of Holy Week
  • Graduation video series honoring the Class of 2020, featuring actor and musician Jonathan Jackson as keynote
  • Virtual series on racial reconciliation as Orthodox Christians (currently being offered in partnership with the Fellowship of St. Moses the Black and CrossRoad Summer Institute)
  • Virtual Summer Leadership Institute (beginning June 28)

OCF has been offered a tremendous opportunity for the faithful to support our college students. The Renaissance Fund has extended a $25,000 matching grant to OCF, where donations of up to $500 between June 15th and August 4th will be doubled if the $25,000 goal is met!

College students need us NOW. They want to live faithfully. They want to be engaged in their faith. They want their faith to engage them. OCF can only do this with the help of its supporters. 

Donations can be made at www.ocf.net/ocfnow

For more information about this matching grant opportunity please contact OCF Development Manager, Donna Levas at donna@ocf.net

Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States and serves as the official campus ministry for the twelve (12) Orthodox Christian jurisdictions that the Assembly represents. Its mission is to transform the lives of college students by guiding them along the path to Jesus Christ through His Church, cultivating a campus community of worship, witness, service, fellowship, and education.*Matching Grant generously provided by The Renaissance Fund. A donation up to $500 will count towards the matching grant opportunity until the $25,000 match goal is met. For donors who gave in 2019 or 2020, donations will be matched if the amount given towards this campaign exceeds any previous 2019/2020 donation. This provides current donors with the opportunity to increase their support for OCF as well as invite friends to learn about and support OCF’s ministry.

Registration for the first-ever virtual OCF Summer Leadership Institute is now open!

Registration for the first-ever virtual OCF Summer Leadership Institute is now open!

50 Goddard Avenue – Brookline, MA 02445

Phone: 617.850.1227 | Fax: 617.850.1460

www.ocf.net | info@ocf.net

Contact: OCF National Office
office@ocf.net

Date: June 11, 2020

We’ve got good news!
Registration for the first-ever virtual OCF Summer Leadership Institute is now open!

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BROOKLINE, MA — Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s Summer Leadership Institute will be offered from June 27 – August 9, 2020 as a six-week virtual leadership training course for college students and young adults (ages 18-25). Attendees can expect to learn what it means to be an Orthodox leader in OCF, the Church, and the world. This is the first-ever virtual offering of SLI and attendance is free of charge.

Various aspects of leadership will be explored through readings, short video lectures, interactive sessions with instructors, and weekly leadership breakouts. SLI 2020 will feature lectures led by OCF staff as well as experts in Orthodox theology, spirituality, and pastoral ministry to help prepare participants to be Christ-centered servant leaders. 

This year’s instructors will include John Meese, Entrepreneur & Dean of Platform University; Dr. Philip Mamalakis, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology; Matthew Namee, General Counsel & COO of Orthodox Ministry Services & Founding Director of the Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas; Christina Andresen, Director of Ministries for OCF; Donna Levas, Development Manager for OCF; and Fr. Panagiotis Boznos, pastor of Saint Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Aurora, Illinois. 

Emma, a former SLI Participant, had this to say, “During SLI, you grow as an Orthodox Christian not only by learning about your faith in the theological or doctrinal sense, but by harnessing essential life skills like public speaking, servant leadership, organization and planning, and conflict resolution and giving them back to the Church.”

Have questions regarding the program? Email studentleadership@ocf.net.

Registration is now open! Visit www.ocf.net/sli to sign up!

Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States and serves as the official campus ministry for the twelve (12) Orthodox Christian jurisdictions that the Assembly represents. Its mission is to transform the lives of college students by guiding them along the path to Jesus Christ through His Church, cultivating a campus community of worship, witness, service, fellowship, and education.

“We’ve Got Good News!” March 2020 Newsletter

“We’ve Got Good News!”

“As the new Executive Director of OCF, I share the above exclamation as OCF immerses itself into the present-day lives of college students and builds hope for the future. Simply put, we are both encouraged and excited for our work in this ministry in 2020 and beyond. Our efforts are focused on strengthening OCF to impact and nurture students in their faith as they journey through their college years.

As with any great cause, to achieve our aspirations will require a great amount of investment, from the Church as a whole and by individuals and organizations who wish to support OCF in our cause. I invite you to join us in our commitment and our endless pursuit to be the loving presence of Christ on college campuses and for college students.”

-Dn. Marek Simon, OCF Executive Director

OCF Hiring Part-Time Ministry Intern

OCF Hiring Part-Time Ministry Intern

Position Title:                                    OCF Ministry Intern

Reports To:                                         Director of Ministries

Closing Date for Applications:     February 5, 2020

Work Schedule:                                10 hours per week

Compensation:                                 $15.00 an hour 

Location:                                             Flexible

Mission:

Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States and serves as the official campus ministry for the twelve (12) Orthodox Christian jurisdictions that the Assembly represents.  Its mission is to transform the lives of college students by guiding them along the path to Jesus Christ through His Church, cultivating a campus community of worship, witness, service, fellowship, and education.

Position Summary:

Located on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, Massachusetts, and with a network that stretches across the country, OCF is seeking a Ministry Intern to support the work of the National Office.  The Ministry Intern will provide administrative assistance for all OCF programs, in addition to implementing administrative projects, maintaining databases, and providing staff support.

Responsibilities:

Database management

  • chapter, donor, student data input and maintenance
  • chapter outreach, including collection of chapter information and rosters
  • survey management
  • website updates

Programs & Events

  • assist with registration management
  • provide logistical assistance for national programs

Other

  • assist with public relations efforts
  • assist with content & resource output
  • administrative tasks as delegated

Experience & Qualifications:

  • Must display a growth mindset, team-first outlook and be motivated by a passion for young adult ministry
  • Reporting, Administrative Writing, Google Applications, Organization, Analyzing Information, Professionalism, Problem Solving, Verbal and Email Communication
  • Must be able and willing to work with and include individuals from diverse backgrounds and various Orthodox jurisdictions
  • Must be authorized and eligible to work in the United States

Application:

Applicants must provide:

1. An up-to-date resume 

2. A brief letter of interest regarding the position 

These items should be sent via email to Donna Levas at donna@ocf.net by February 5, 2020.

Applicants will be reviewed and contacted based upon the order of submitted applications and with a hope that the position will be filled as quickly as possible with an anticipated start date of February 17, 2020.

Disclaimer:

This job description indicates, in general, the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities, and other essential functions (as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act) expected of an incumbent. It is not designed to include or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of an incumbent. An incumbent may be asked to perform other tasks as needed.

OCF Trains Young Leaders at the Summer Leadership Institute 2019

OCF Trains Young Leaders at the Summer Leadership Institute 2019

BROOKLINE, MA — Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), the official campus ministry of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops, conducted another successful Summer Leadership Institute last month at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Kansasville, WI. This year, OCF equipped 44 Orthodox Christian college students with the knowledge, skills, and practices they need to be young Orthodox leaders in OCF, the Church, and the world.

SLI 2019 featured workshops led by OCF staff and student leaders, as well as experts in Orthodox theology, spirituality, and pastoral ministry – helping prepare participants to be Christ-centered servant leaders. In addition to the OCF staff, this year’s speakers included Fr. Panagiotis Boznos, Christian Gonzalez, Anna Kallis, Fr. Philip LeMasters, Matthew Namee, Jonathan Pageau, and Fr. Brendan Pelphrey.

Focusing on how our common Orthodox tradition is at the core of servant leadership, SLI serves students from various educational and jurisdictional backgrounds. Dimitri Gagianas, a senior biomedical engineering student at Ohio State University from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, shared how SLI impacted him this year:

“SLI is an experience you can’t get anywhere else. It allowed me to explore high-level theological concepts and discuss them with students my own age. I especially benefited from Jonathan Pageau who provided us a deeper understanding of symbolism in our society, culture, and faith and how this symbolism finds its truest expression in the Church. Being able to think deeply about theology and ministry at SLI has impacted how I will serve in my role as an OCF leader.”

The newly-appointed OCF Executive Director, Dn. Marek Simon, was in attendance throughout the week and offered the following reflection about SLI:

“The Summer Leadership Institute was a wonderful gathering of Orthodox Christian college students seeking to learn more about their faith, engage with Orthodox leaders and fellow peers on significant topics, and develop their leadership skills as young adults.”

Prior to the official start of the Summer Leadership Institute, the seventeen-member OCF Student Leadership Board met for three days to make plans for the events, programs, and resources they will implement in the 2019-2020 academic year. Their work is central to the ministry of OCF and was highlighted throughout SLI, where attending students were given opportunities to learn from and serve under the Student Leadership Board members.

Summer Leadership Institute 2019 was made possible, in part, by a generous grant from National Philoptochos and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. For more information about Summer Leadership Institute visit www.ocf.net/sli. For further questions and inquiries, please email studentleadership@ocf.net.

OCF transforms the lives of college students in the United States and Canada by guiding them along the path to Jesus Christ through His Church, cultivating a campus community of worship, witness, service, fellowship and education. OCF encourages you to learn more and to support the ongoing work of this vital ministry by visiting OCF’s redesigned website (www.ocf.net) or emailing the OCF National Office (info@ocf.net).