Upcoming Events:

Every Thursday, 7-8pm, Mather House Tranquility Room- Weekly OCF Discussion Meetings!

Saturday, April 9, 2005, 9am - 2:30pm Taxiarchae Greek Orthodox Church Lenten Retreat! Presentation by Father Anthony Hughes on "Being a Christian in a Broken World." Click here for more information and an RSVP form.

Write for the Harvard Ichthus!
Ichthus is a campus publication for Christians to think publicly about their faith and how that faith applies to the world around us. Click here for more information.

Lenten Speaker Series at St. Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Church!
There will be speakers during Lent on Fridays after the 7pm Akathist service. St. Mary's is located in central square (see the "Orthodox Churches Near Harvard" tab to the left for directions). The speaker schedule is:
March 18: David Vermette "The Weeds Among the Wheat: Spiritual Sleeping and Waking"
March 25: Maria McDowell "Mystery and Ambiguity: the 'more' of God"
April 1: TBD
April 8: TBD

Project AXIOS
Axios!, a Greek word expressing a truly worthy and deserving person, describes youth in need around the world in need of our help. The Orthodox Christian Fellowship on campus is partnering with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), a humanitarian aid agency serving youth and families in more than 25 countries around the world, to provide emergency aid and development assistance. Your support for youth in need through Project AXIOS! can help:
*       Provide basic computer training and classroom support for teachers and students - giving them skills that can help them succeed
*       Support educational programs to teach youth how to prevent infections and spread HIV/ AIDS
*       Repair or build new schools, libraries, playgrounds and other youth facilities for youth
*       Bring urgently-needed emergency supplies, including blankets, personal hygiene kits as well as school books and classroom materials to youth affected by disasters or living in poverty.
Project AXIOS is taking place during great lent. Information including
posters, instructions and refection were send to each OCF or download more
information at  www.projectaxios.org

Scholarship Opportunities
Three different scholarship opportunities are available for the 2006-2007 academic year:
1. Gioles and Katina John Malta Scholarships
2. Francis Maria Foundation for Justice and Peace Scholarships
3. Eastern Orthodox Committe on Scouting Scholarships

Spring Break Trips
Orthodox college students will have life-changing experiences as they help hundreds in need through OCF's Real Break program in 2005. The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), the official campus ministry effort of SCOBA, has begun registration for its 2005 Real Break trips. Real Break provides alternatives to "traditional" spring breaks for Orthodox college students, and gives them instead a full Christian experience of fellowship and service to others. The program provides opportunities for spiritual growth and one-on one interaction with a priest accompanying each group.

From February 26 to April 2, 2005, nine Real Break trips are scheduled. Trips are planned to return to all five 2004 locations including the Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage in Guatemala, Project Mexico, the Aleutian Villages in Eklutna, Alaska, Raphael House in San Francisco, and St. George the Martyr Monastery in Greece. Two new locations scheduled for 2005 are a Special Education Orphanage in El Salvador and a campus of Trinity Children and Family Services in Los Angeles, California.

The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) encourages Orthodox college students to take advantage of these exciting opportunities for fellowship and service to others through OCF's Real Break program. Registration and more information can be found on the OCF website at www.ocf.net or by calling 1 800-919-1OCF.

Announcements

Weekly Discussion Meetings:
We hold meetings every week in the Mather House Tranquility Room on Thursdays from 7-8pm discussing any topic of interest. Feel free to stop by for fun, enlightening discussions!

Attending Coptic Services on Sundays:
Anyone that would like to attend a Coptic Liturgy on Sundays, please e-mail Hani Elias. A group of undergrads meets weekly to attend St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church in Natick. We usually meet at 9am and are back by 12:30am.

Orthodox Christian Radio Program:
"Come Receive the Light," can be heard on Sunday evenings from 8:00 to 8:30pm on WEZE 590 AM. Visit the program website.

About us:

OCF is a dynamic community of students from many different backgrounds who share a common desire to learn more about the ancient New Testament Church. This desire is fulfilled through a variety of events including discussions, bible studies, special symposia, retreats, and workshops. In addition, fellowship events foster community and common understanding. Members learn from one another and from the rich 2,000-year-old tradition of Orthodox Christianity. Through weekly discussion groups, Orthodox theology and history as well as the writings of the saints and church fathers and mothers are analyzed. Through modern applications of the same principles, OCF seeks to facilitate a better apprehension of issues of contemporary interest. Other events include workshops on Byzantine and Ethiopian iconography, a conference on women in early Christianity and Orthodoxy, and lessons in Byzantine chant. Festive gatherings include a Thanksgiving Dinner, a Lenten Retreat with music by Peter Jon Gilquest, Paschal celebrations complete with egg dying. In addition, interfaith socials and inter-religious dialogue dinners are held throughout the year. Regardless of background or creed, all are cordially and enthusiastically welcome.

Past Events

Click here for a flavor of some of our past events.

 

The Laura Boulton Collection of Byzantine and Orthodox Musics

Orthodox TV (includes some great interviews with Bishop Tim Ware!)

Orthodox Christian Radio Program

Father Demos' talk at pan-Boston OCF retreat on Sept 19th at Taxiarchae Church in Watertown

 

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