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Chapter Content

Each month we publish content designed with your OCF chapter meeting in mind! You’ll find a new monthly topic, all tied to our overall annual theme: “Not of the World” taken from John 17:14-19. Discover the various types of content ranging from discussion resources, educational videos, and blog articles to suggested activities and nationally hosted virtual events. These resources give chapters things to do at their meetings and ease the planning workload on chapter leaders.

December 2022: Despondency

December Events:
Guided Discussion: What to Do When Life Gets You Down

Guided Discussion: What to Do When Life Gets You Down

Part I: The Feelings Are Real Reflection “Despondency is the impossibility to see anything good or positive. Despondency is the suicide of the soul because when man is possessed by it, he is absolutely unable to see the light and desire it.”  Fr. Alexander...

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There’s A Saint For That : St. Silouan the Athonite

There’s A Saint For That : St. Silouan the Athonite

St. Silouan the AthoniteHow can St. Silouan intercede for us?As we can see in his simple yet complicated life, there may be no saint better acquainted with the depths of despair and despondency than St. Silouan. Although our temptation to hopelessness may look...

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Podcast: Despondency with Nicole Roccas

Podcast: Despondency with Nicole Roccas

Despondency | Your Orthodox Voice on Campus: OCF Campus Ministry Podcast In this episode Samuel Dutschmann, College Conference Midwest Student Leader, is joined by author, podcaster, and trauma coach, Nicole Roccas. They discuss despondency in the life of college...

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Curated Discussion: Combating Restlessness

Curated Discussion: Combating Restlessness

Part I: Start your meeting by reading from Father Jeremy McKemy’s blog post Acedia: The Two-Faced Demon. Part II: After reading, take 2-3 minutes to write down your initial thoughts about the article. Part III: Then, discuss the following questions as a group, or in...

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Staff Pick: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Staff Pick: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Recommended by Dn. Marek Simon, Executive Director In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed...

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November 2022: How Gratitude Changes Our Perspective

November Events:
St. John the Hut-Dweller | There’s a Saint for That

St. John the Hut-Dweller | There’s a Saint for That

St. John Calybytes “the Hut-Dweller”How can St. John intercede for us?St. John is known for his love for his parents and his gratitude. Pray to him to grow closer to your family while you are away for college. Ask him to implore the Holy Spirit to give you a spirit of...

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Curated Discussion: “A Deeper Level of Thanksgiving”

Curated Discussion: “A Deeper Level of Thanksgiving”

Part I: Start your meeting by listening to this clip from Father Thomas Hopko’s Speaking the Truth in Love: “A Deeper Level of Thanksgiving” (Click here to listen to the the full episode on Ancient Faith Radio.) Part II: After watching, take 2-3 minutes to write down...

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Suggested Activity: “Practicing Gratitude”

Suggested Activity: “Practicing Gratitude”

We are called to be grateful in two ways: towards God and towards our fellow human beings. If practice makes perfect, however, then we need to practice gratitude in order to achieve this calling from God. Here are two ways to practice gratitude this month: Read “This...

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Guided Discussion : “Gratitude for Evil”

This discussion is made up of four parts, with each part containing a reflection and a set of discussion questions. Either with your OCF chapter, a friend or two, or just on your own, read each reflection and discuss the questions related to it. You can choose to...

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Staff Pick: The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Staff Pick: The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Recommended by Alexandros Pandazis, Campus MissionaryWhen Christians first began living as monks in the Egyptian desert at the beginning of the fourth century, they had few books and almost no learning. As they gained experience, they concentrated that experience in...

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October 2022 : Inviting Others into Eternity

Orthodox Awareness Month

Don’t miss our OAM Feature Panel: “Exploring Ancient Liturgies” via Zoom on October 25.

Chapters and Individuals are envited to participate in the OAM social media contest. Click here for details.

Guided Discussion: Inviting Others into Eternity

Guided Discussion: Inviting Others into Eternity

The Eternal vs The Temporal As Orthodox Christians, we’re used to the idea of the “eternal.” Our prayers repeat over and over, “now and ever and unto the ages of ages!” This idea of something being stable, being infinite, being timeless can sometimes feel foreign in...

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St. Nektarios of Aegina | There’s a Saint for That

St. Nektarios of Aegina | There’s a Saint for That

St. Nektarios of AeginaThe Life of St. NektariosAnastasios Kephalas was born on October 1st, 1846, in Eastern Selyvria of Thrace (now Turkey). He was one of six children and grew up very poor, but his parents taught him from a young age to be a pious Orthodox...

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Curated Content Discussion: Beauty

Curated Content Discussion: Beauty

Curated Discussion: Beauty  Begin your meeting with a minute of silence, a prayer, and by listening to or having already listened to “The Red Flower” on Dcn. Nicholas Kotar’s Podcast In a Certain Kingdom....

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Suggested Activity: Food Pantry

Suggested Activity: Food Pantry

…for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;  I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord,...

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Staff Pick: Resident Aliens

Staff Pick: Resident Aliens

Recommended by Joseph Bray, Communications Manager “In the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ, all human history must be reviewed. The coming of Christ has cosmic implications. He has changed the course of things. So the theological (and I’d add, the...

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September 2022 : Building Christ-Centered Habits

Curated Discussion : Building Christ-Centered Habits

Curated Discussion : Building Christ-Centered Habits

Start your meeting by watching together the Be the Bee episode “Habits” by Steve Christoforou. Take some time to journal on your own: What habits (good or bad) are you currently growing in your life? What is one habit you’d like to uproot in your life? What is one...

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Guided Discussion: Building Christ-Centered Habits

Guided Discussion: Building Christ-Centered Habits

What does it mean to build habits that are truly Christ-centered? It means to invite Christ into our everyday lives, no matter how mundane. It means for us to call upon the Holy Spirit so that we grow in our awareness of His presence. A Christ-centered habit is a...

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Small Acts of Service: Building Christ-Centered Habits

Small Acts of Service: Building Christ-Centered Habits

This month, start building a habit of serving others by trying to do small acts of service throughout your week. Choose one small thing you could commit to doing at least once a week every week. Some suggestions we have: Check in with a friend you haven’t heard from...

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St. Seraphim of Sarov | There’s a Saint for That

St. Seraphim of Sarov | There’s a Saint for That

St. Seraphim of SarovPray to himHear our prayer, Saint Seraphim, from the innermost being of each one of us, from our greatest yearnings for truth and love, and from our deepest needs for intervention into our struggles in this temporal life. Proclaim to us, “Christ...

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August 2022 : Time & Eternity

Curated Discussion : Time & Eternity

Curated Discussion : Time & Eternity

Start your meeting by listening together to the episode “Why Time” of the podcast Time Eternal by Dr. Nicole Roccas. Then, as a group or in smaller groups, discuss the following questions…

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Guided Discussion : Time & Eternity

Guided Discussion : Time & Eternity

We live in a reality where we are caught between the eternal and the temporal. We live lives within the temporal: we mark the years, seasons, and feasts, and yet, we look to the eternal “and the life of the age to come.” At times, because we live in this tension, we...

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Staff Pick : The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Staff Pick : The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Recommended by Fr. Panagiotis Boznos,Spiritual Advisor to the Student Leadership Board Imagine getting your hands on the other team’s playbook. That is what The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is like. This book is a satirical collection of letters from a senior demon...

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St. John of the Ladder | There’s a Saint for That

St. John of the Ladder | There’s a Saint for That

With the rivers of your tears, you have made the barren desert fertile. Through sighs of sorrow from deep within you, your labors have borne fruit a hundred-fold. By your miracles you have become a light, shining upon the world. O John, our Holy Father, pray to Christ our God, to save our souls.

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