Obedience and Authority: Dimensions of a Hierarchical Church

Authority in the Church is never the monopoly of an ordained few (cf. Eph. 4:11-12) whether bishops or other clergy. Authority is the responsibility of all (cf. Eph. 5:34). Likewise, obedience is not the obligation of an "inferior" laity or lower clergy, but a requirement of all faithful, lay and ordained. In the history of Christianity, centuries of institutionalism and clericalism, followed by the "lay revolution," in conservative and anti-hierarchical churches alike, have rendered the concepts of authority and obedience problematic a point of contention and almost disdain. Read More

OCF College Conference Sells Out and Reaches Record Numbers

Boston, MA – Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is excitedly preparing for a sold out conference at the Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA and record numbers at St. Nicholas Ranch in Dunlap, CA.

The conferences are held December 27-31 of each year and provide participants a refreshing experience of worship, education in the faith and fellowship. For the first time in its over ten year history, registration for the conference at the Antiochian Village was sold out three weeks in advance, and the conference at St. Nicholas Ranch is on track to host its largest gathering.

Each year local OCF chapters develop the programs and lead the conferences which feature keynote addresses, workshops and numerous social activities. On the west coast, the OCF at Arizona State University has fervently been preparing for the conference at St. Nicholas Ranch that will feature keynote addresses by His Eminence Metropolitan GERASIMOS of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and a much anticipated "open mic night." On the east coast, the OCF at Gordon College has been busily assembling a fantastic schedule of speakers and events for the conference at the Antiochian Village that will include keynote addresses by Dr. Albert Rossi and an afternoon of snow tubing.

Veronica I. Stavila, OCF Program Coordinator, shared, "I am ecstatic with the response we received this year. OCF’s main goal is to bring college students closer to Christ and the Church. College Conference, organized by students for students, is one of the ways we can bring this to them. We pray that these days provide a life-changing experience for all and that we will continue this experience in other conferences to come."

The 2005 College Conference at the Antiochian Village.

The 2005 College Conference at St. Nicholas Ranch.
Since 1995 the College Conferences have hosted over 2700 young adults, giving each of them a transformative experience that often lasts a life time. The record numbers reinforce the mission of OCF— to provide young adults the opportunity to stay connected to their faith during college. OCF will continue to expand and develop its programs to meet the needs of the ministry.

OCF humbly asks each Orthodox Christian to continue to offer prayers and support for this crucial and growing college ministry.

About Orthodox Christian Fellowship

Orthodox Christian Fellowship is the official campus ministry program of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA). It is a Pan-Orthodox effort which is overseen by a Board of Directors and assisted by a Student Advisory Board. Additional information on the all OCF programs can be found on the OCF website, or by calling toll-free at 800-919-1623.

Website: http://www.ocf.net