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Weekly Campus Vespers Service

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The Orthodox Christian Fellowship @ McMaster is dedicated to sharing the timeless worship and teachings of the historic Christian Church.

Through weekly services, speakers, and the Desert Wisdom Coffee Talks, the Fellowship seeks to offer members a taste of desert Christianity, as a contrast to the passing spiritual trends of our times.

We pray, worship, teach, and believe the same way Orthodox Christians the world over have done for twenty centuries, and invite you to share it with us.

Ancient Christian Chant at the Orthodox Vespers Service takes place every Monday at 6:00pm in Room 224 (the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Room) of the Student Centre. The service follows the pattern used in desert monasteries since the fourth century, and still used by Orthodox Christians today. The service lasts about 45 minutes. All are welcomed.

The Desert Wisdom Coffee house will take place each Monday, following the Vespers Service, starting at about 7:00pm, also in Room 224 (the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Room) of the Student Centre.

Our Meetings & Speakers

OCF @ McMaster: 2010-11 Schedule
2010: September, October, November,
2011: January, February, March.

September 2010:
Orthodoxy: Christianity That's Older Than the Pope

Monday, September 13th, 2010
If God is the Answer, What is the Question?
   People today may be looking for answers, but are we asking the right questions? Join us as we discuss this simple, but foundational topic.

Monday, September 20th, 2010
Who Is Your God?
   One great philosopher said, "Everyone worships something"; another said "Our faith determines our life". Times of religious and spiritual confusion force us to ask: who or what is it that we worship? A talk to kick off our 2010-2011 lecture series.

Monday, September 27th, 2010
Who Can I Trust?
   Belief in anything - God, politics, environmentalism, or the Easter Bunny - depends on the question of trust. Many Christians say we must "trust the Bible" - but is this enough? Can we trust anything? And if we trust nothing, what then?

October 2010:
Ideas Have Consequences

Monday, October 4th, 2010
The 7 Lies of Atheism
   Dare we say it?: The New Atheism lies. We'll explore modern atheism in light of history, and consider the full story of Christianity that the celebrities of modern atheism choose to ignore.

Monday, October 11th, 2010
   -----Thanksgiving Break-----

FRIDAY, October 15th, 2010
OCFs Together - An off-campus event.
Topic & Location - To Be Announced
   Local OCF chapters will gather to share a service, potluck, and fellowship, followed by a spiritual talk.

Monday, October 18th, 2010
Religious Stereotypes & Spiritual Confusion
   Is popular coverage of religion informing us, or simply confusing? We'll discuss real pluralism in a world of soundbites.

Monday, October 25th, 2010
Grill the Christians
Location - To Be Announced
   Christian? Muslim? Atheist? Not Sure? This is your chance to grill a panel of Christians of different backgrounds on questions, issues, and stereotypes about faith and belief. An event open to all McMaster students who are serious about civil, reflective discussion about faith.

November 2010:
Christianity for Grown-ups

Monday, November 1st, 2010
What Hath Darwin Wrought?
Special Location - To Be Announced
   The implications of Darwinian theories go far beyond science. Join us to explore the social, political, and moral implications of the widespread but often misunderstood Darwinian ideology.

Monday, November 8th, 2010
What is Christianity?
The Roman Catholic Worldview
   Most of what passes for historical Christianity is simply the Roman Catholic experience, which only speaks of half of Christianity's 2000-year history. Join us for this talk, where we'll explore Christianity that is older than the Pope.

Monday, November 15th, 2010
What is Christianity?
The Protestant Worldview
   Most of what passes for Christianity in Canada is specifically Protestant Christianity, which only gives about 500 years of a 2000 year-old picture. Join us for this talk, where we'll explore Christianity that is older than Protestantism, and the Pope.

Monday, November 22nd, 2010
Pre-Christmas OCF Dinner
(following Vespers Service at 6pm)
   Service of Blessing before Exams, and St Gregory Palamas Patron Saint Day Celebration. Join us for our annual pre-Christmas Dinner, at a location to be announced.

January 2011:
Real Men, Real Women

Monday, January 10th, 2011
Orthodoxy: Christianity for MEN
   Church services full of tears, emotions, and love - Ever get the feeling, boys, that Christianity is for the girls? In this talk, we'll discuss the feminization of modern Christianity, and dig into the roots of historic Orthodoxy: Christianity for men.

Monday, January 17th, 2011
Be A Man: The Life of St Anthony of Egypt
   Faith is not about ideas: it's about how we live. In this talk, we'll take a look at the life of the tough, spiritual giant Saint Anthony of Egypt, and discover what made this lion of the desert one of the greatest - and most humble - pillars of early Christianity.

Monday, January 24th, 2011
Soul Friendship - Part 1: Real Friendship vs. The Rest of Them
   Saint John Chrysostom says the only real love is the care about the soul of another person. How can we find friendships like that? Do people like that really exist? Join us to examine a topic that touches everyone's life.

Monday, January 31st, 2011
Soul Friendship - Part 2: Finding & Recognizing a Spouse
   If the foundation of marriage is love, and the basis of love is friendship and sacrifice, how do we go about finding it? A critical topic for anyone looking to find a true partner for life.

February 2011:
True Loves, False Loves

Monday, February 7th, 2011
The Four False "Loves": Food, Fun, Fame & Freedom
   We'll explore the four things that take up our lives from childhood, and address the question, "Did I ever grow up?"

Monday, February 14th, 2011
The Suburban Delusion
   Is suburban life rotting our souls? Join us for this talk on the dangers of everything modern life holds dear - success, affluence, and pleasure - and discover how we might successfully respond in our own life.

----- Reading Week -----

Monday, February 28th, 2011
Facing a Disinterested World
   It's a noble thing to fight against the evils of the world - but what if the world doesn't care? How should a faithful Christian respond to a world that seems increasingly disinterested? We'll try to get to the bottom of this interesting(?) question!

March 2011:

No Sessions and services in March 2011 have been scheduled. The OCF resume sessions and services in the 2011/12 school year beginning in September.

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