October 29, 2002
Dear brothers and concelebrants in Christ,
During the past year, we were pleased to bless and endorse the revival of the Orthodox Christian Campus Commission. Many of you will recall that this commission was first created in 1965, and led to the establishment of a vibrant campus ministry program throughout North America. Many of the present clergy and leaders in our parishes are products of that effort.
Later, in the 80’s and 90’s, though Orthodox Christian Fellowships continued to exist on some campuses, the national office and coordination ceased to function. Now, through efforts coordinated by our jurisdictional Youth Departments this ministry has been revived. A Campus Ministry Office has been established, under the guidance of the SCOBA Campus Commission, whose members we have appointed.
At this time we are writing to commend this effort to you and to all your clergy and faithful. We ask that you encourage your clergy to join this effort if a college or university lies within the area of a local parish, and that your faithful also be encouraged to welcome and assist Orthodox Christian students seeking to maintain their identity as Orthodox Christians during these important and difficult years of their lives.
We urge you to support the efforts of the SCOBA Campus Commission to reach our Orthodox students on college campuses across North America.
With love in Christ,
+Archbishop DEMETRIOS, Chairman
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Orthodox Church in America
+Metropolitan PHILIP, Vice Chairman
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America and Canada
+Metropolitan CHRISTOPHER, Secretary
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA and Canada
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church
+Metropolitan NICHOLAS OF Amissos
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese in the USA
Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA
Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America