OCF Barbeque in Champaign
Orthodox students attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign gathered at the Orthodox Christian Student Living Center (OCSLC) for a barbecue on Sunday, August 21st. The annual barbecue to welcome new and returning students is prepared by members of Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church of Champaign. The event caps the end of “Quad Day” on the campus, when all the student organizations have informational booths on the Quad in the middle of the campus. The U of I Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) was present on the Quad, gathering names and contact information from Orthodox students and inviting them to participate in the activities of the organization. The president of the OCF, Sara Permissis, reported that it was a successful afternoon at their booth, witnessed by the large turnout of students at the barbecue. The first weekly meeting of the OCF at the OCSLC was on the following Tuesday. (Father Michael Condos of Three Hierarchs parish and Father James Ellison of the St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church of Urbana lead Bible study and discussions at the weekly meetings.) The OCSLC has rooms for 16 students, the first Orthodox living center of its kind in America. It is a project of the Orthodox Christian Alumni in Action at the University of Illinois. It receives support from Orthodox alumni, and from parishes and Philoptochos societies of our Metropolis of Chicago. The Center provides an identity for the OCF on the campus and is a spiritual gathering place for young Orthodox Christians.