January 2021A 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!
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?
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!
The newly launched Real Break Now program is in session! This year, Real Break is being offered as a virtual course on how to be the Church in the world. Students will grow in community with like-minded peers while learning from incredible examples of the...
But how do we hope in the right way? Hope is a confident expectation. It is not just a passive looking off to the future that one-day things will come together but a confident expectation that the kingdom is right here with us.
Sometimes it can be easy to forget about the presence of God in our daily lives, especially when we experience pain, loneliness, fear, or spiritual drought. In moments such as these, we might believe that these feelings give us more cause to despair in our suffering, rather than push us to seek reasons to hope in spite of them. During this past year particularly, I have found myself paying more attention to the simple blessings in life that I would normally take for granted. These ordinary, little blessings often remind me of God’s presence in my daily life and fill me with hope for the new day.
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.”
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.
Upcoming Events & Activities
Virtual Small Groups Begin
Real Break Now Kick-Off
Virtual Virginia District Event