Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the official campus ministry effort under SCOBA. We are a Pan-Orthodox effort, overseen by an Executive Committee and aided by an 20 person Student Advisory Board. Our office is located in Boston, MA where full time staff develops OCF. We are here to guide and support local OCF chapters through communication with the larger Orthodox Community, our National Programs, and development of resources Orthodox college students and those interested in Orthodoxy can utilize.
The mission of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is to support fellowships on college campuses, whose members experience and witness to the Orthodox Christian Church through community life, prayer, service to others and study of the Faith (Acts 2:42). Furthermore, OCF will work to nurture and strengthen love for Jesus Christ and His Church in its fullness at this most critical juncture of human life through:
Communication between OCF's and with the larger Orthodox community
Development of resources for local OCF's
National endeavors such as College Conference, Real Break, website and a national newsletter
To be the presence of the Orthodox Church on the North American college campus.
OCF is a Member of Syndesmos
SYNDESMOS, the World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth, is a federation of Orthodox youth movements and theological schools around the world, working under the blessing of all the local canonical Churches, to serve the Church, Her unity, witness and renewal.
The aim of SYNDESMOS is to develop cooperation and communication among Orthodox youth movements and theological schools around the world, and to promote within them a deeper understanding and vision of their common faith.
Q: What is OCF all about?
A: OCF stands for Orthodox Christian Fellowship. An OCF is a pan-Orthodox group of students and young adults within a college or university who meet for fellowship, worship, and spiritual development and support.
Q: How are all these OCFs organized with each other?
A: The North American OCF Office oversees all OCFs at over 240 Colleges and Universities in the United States and Canada. The OCF Office has established of a student advisory board to assist in its efforts.
Q: Does my OCF have to register even if you already have our information in the Directory?
A: Yes. Although we might have your information, their is a new process that all OCFs must complete to be recognized, including amending an existing constitution.
Q: Well, then who is in charge of the North American OCF office?
A: SCOBA (the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America) reestablished the OCF. All Canonical Orthodox Jurisdictions in America have a stake in the OCF. The Board of Directors directly oversees its activities. Our office is located in Boston where full-time staff develops OCF.
Q: Who is SCOBA?
A: SCOBA represents nine (9) Canonical Orthodox Jurisdictions in the Americas. The link provides a list of those jurisdictions.