January 2021

A New Year of Orthodox Christian Campus Ministry

 

January was an exciting month at OCF!

We are thrilled to welcome college students back after Christmas break and provide opportunities for them to encounter Jesus Christ as we begin a new year! 

Ocf presents

A New Year’s Series for College Students

It’s a new year! OCF kicked it off by creating a video series for our college students addressing some important questions.

 

  • How can we step into 2021 with a perspective that’s directing us towards the Kingdom?
  • What can we be certain of after a year of deep uncertainty?
  • What is some practical advice for resetting your perspective this year?  
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Blog

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

OCF’s latest blog series featured submissions from students reflecting on the best advice they have ever received. Check them out below! 

I Don’t Know How to Pray: A post about prayer that’s actually about journaling

Sometimes, trying to pray feels like trying to draw the rest of the owl.

Luckily, there’s a great tool to help you move forward: journaling!

Many people use journaling as a means of self reflection. Writing down my thoughts helps me “be still” while still allowing my mind to flow. You may find this to be helpful as well. 

If you like, begin your entry with the date and a prayer of thanksgiving. God, I am thankful for this. God, I am thankful for that. Also thank you for my friends. Etc., etc., et. al. This helps you begin with a good mindset.

OCF April 2021 Highlights

Christ is Risen!Brand New! Holistic Living Guide A guide for Orthodox Christian College students to live better in body, mind, community, and spirit. The Holistic Living Guide includes articles, journal topics, and activities students can explore on their own or as a...

Finding Gratitude in Perseverance

Last summer looked abnormal for me, as it did for everyone I knew. In the span of a week, I
had been sent home from my freshman year of college on an “extended spring break,” was told
I would not be able to study abroad in Italy, summer church camp, and the Parish Life
Conference were canceled, and I couldn’t physically be with my friends and family. Even
though I was FaceTiming my friends multiple times a day and had more family time than ever
before, I felt alone.

A WORD

From an OCF Student

“OCF has allowed me to connect with people my age that are faced with the same challenges and worries as I am, and helped me to create a network of Orthodox life-long friends all over the country.”

– Andreas

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Class of 2021 

Flex Chapter Guide

It’s here!  Created for advisors and student leaders to plan a spiritually-enriching year that prioritizes the health and well-being of students, parishes, and campus communities, the 2021 OCF Flex Chapter Guide serves to help navigate campus ministry during COVID-19. 

Psalm 40 and the Justice of God

After a Christmas break, Podcast Student Leader Marcus turns to Psalm 40 and St. Paisios to both meditate on God’s justice and righteousness and think about what happens when we lose sight of God in our human attempts for justice, equality, and mercy.

Calendar

Upcoming Events & Activities

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February

Virtual Small Groups Begin

 

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February

Real Break Now Kick-Off

 

19-20

February

Virtual Virginia District Event

 

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March

Minnesota & Iowa District Event

 

14-15

March

Day of Prayer

 

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March

Spiritual Wake-Up Kick-Off

 

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