The Orthodox Christian Fellowship at U.C. Berkeley and the GTU seeks to serve Orthodox Christian undergraduate and graduate students. Meeting regularly at the Orthodox Institute, members come together for Divine Liturgy, a community dinner, and discussion of theological, social and academic topics. The OCF hopes to create an awareness among the students and to further the spiritual, social, cultural, and academic aspects of Orthodox Christianity. It makes available personal support for and among Orthodox Christians who are a part of the Berkeley community while reaching out to other individuals interested in learning more about Orthodoxy.OCF Meetings:
The OCF meets weekly, on Tuesdays, during the academic year. All activities are held at the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, located just north of the U.C. Berkeley campus. For directions from your location, please click on the Driving Directions
button.Divine Liturgy begins at 6 p.m. All are invited to attend. In accordance with Orthodox practice, however, only those members of a "canonical Orthodox Church" may receive Holy Communion. Because of our context, Orthodox Christians who wish to receive communion may prepare by prayer and eating nothing after a light lunch. Our intimate chapel setting and community singing contribute to a uniquely spiritual experience.
Fellowship Dinner follows Liturgy. The fellowship meal is a chance for Orthodox Christian members of the U.C. Berkeley and Graduate Theological Union communitites to strengthen friendships. Of course, the dinners reflect the Orthodox Christian cycles of feasts and fasts. If you are interested in sponsoring a Fellowship dinner, a sponsorship form is available online.
Dinner is followed by a Group Discussion of some relevant topic. This interaction is designed to help members see and think-through the relation of Orthodox Christianity to their daily personal and professional lives. A free exchange of ideas and perspectives helps members clarify what it means to be an Orthodox Christian in this pluralistic and secular society.
Guest Nights. While most OCF meetings are geared to Orthodox Christian members of the UCB and GTU communities, friends are especially invited and encouraged to attend.