I apologize for the lengthy tome. I usually post a paragraph at most, but boy did this OP strike a nerve.
I would agree with the suggestion to start your own Orthodox fellowship group on your campus.
I would also agree with canon law here, as well, if I'm understanding it correctly.
I'll tell you what--if this isn't canon law, it needs to be.
I don't think that that law is designed to 'quarantine' Orthodox from other Christians, but rather exists because of the caustic nature of heretical, schismatic doctrines, and the aggressive way that the followers of heterodoxical sects spread their doctrines. I've been 'the victim' of these efforts, and they try every trick in the book, always claiming that their efforts were out of love. That kinda love, I don't need. I've been told I'm going to hell, that I'm am in 'Satan's grip,' and that I hate God.
As with all conversion efforts, the idea is to get you into their church. Problem is, the Orthodox Church is the only Church, so actually, the whole point is to pull you out of church.
No matter which the denomination, the tactics are the same:
2)Appeal to self-interests--the "what's in it for me" angle.
3)Threaten eternal damnation.
The way Satan is going to try to get at us is the exact same way he got at Eve. This whole scenario has already played out once, in Genesis 3, and it continues to play out, over and over and over again, through the ages, as though we're never going to come to our senses.
Instill confusion. Make you question what you think you know about what God has told us and what He expects of us. Are you sure He told you not to eat from the tree? The snake can't sway Eve until he can get Eve to question what she already knows. Instill confusion. Protestantism reared its ugly head, and then almost immediately hemorrhaged into 32,000 doctrinally distinct offshoots, each claiming to be the sole possessor of truth and the only pathway to God. How's that for confusion? The false church would logically and necessarily not be the first Church. It was a church yet to come, and here you have tens of thousands, scattering Christendom to every crack and crevice. Think of the way in which tempered glass shatters--not in large pieces, but like sands to the wind. This is why I take this seriously. Who/what could possibly be working through these ministries?
Eve wasn't subjected to others' interpretation of scripture. There was no Bible, and she got these instructions from God Himself. She knows which trees she can eat from and the one she can't. She proves that here, by reciting these instructions back to the serpent, indicating she heard them clearly and in their entirety, and that she understood them.
Here the serpent tells her she can do what she wants, surely she "will not die!" Dying, here, means losing the soul to eternal damnation, not keeling over from stroke or heart attack. This snake is telling her she can do whatever she wants and will not go to hell. Sound familiar? If you've ever been within 183 feet of any Protestant trying to convert you, you've heard this before. The argument always being that we all fall short, and if you try, it means you think you can earn it, and so therefore, don't try. Do what you want. Christ already died for us and we can do what we want because all are saved...as long as you belong to a specific church. I'll say, now, what I tell every Protestant who comes at me with this, because explaining to them that we must cooperate with grace just does not sink in--it wouldn't.
Satan does NOT want us cooperating with Grace, and that is why this is one of the first--if not the very first--way that these people come at you. What I always say to these people, whether I encounter them out in the world or they knock on my door, is this: the only person in the Bible who ever spoke that lie was the snake. Everyone who speaks it now is a snake. Harsh, yes, but how polite are we to be with someone aggressively trying to cause us harm? I'll start out polite, but invariably, efforts to convince me are stepped up, and if they're going to start telling me I'm going to hell and that I hate God, then I draw the line and politeness is no longer a moral compulsion for me.
See Matthew 16:23. Was He not loud here? Yes, I think that's what the '!' is for. Was he not firm? Did He say in a quivering voice "Pardon my uppity-ness, but you're a stumbling block to me, and would you mind very much, um, uh, er" ? No, what He said was "Get behind me, Satan!"
And not just that first clause--the whole verse pertains. "You are a stumbling block to me." Pertains, no? Yes, actually. It pertains.
"...for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” Again, this pertains, no? Telling you that you can do what you want and will still go to heaven--that's setting one's mind on human things, specifically self-interest and the ego, right?
And that is a chronic, consistent strategy of these people. Do not try. Do not cooperate with grace or even think that you're supposed to cooperate with grace. Don't even speak those words out loud--this is blasphemy to them. No, do whatever you want, and you're going to heaven. This is why I firmly believe that the snake is what works through these people. They're not evil or consciously trying to harm us, but in the end, my response has to be the same--Matt 16:23 and not holding back.
I don't presume ill will in these people--they're just lost, and I know they were seeking God just as we did and are, but they refuse to consider that the snake is both who and what is working through them, and in the end, all they can do is damage. They're trying to keep us from doing what we know God wants us to do, and they're actively and even aggressively trying to pull us out of church, so who else could possibly be working through such a person? I don't care if it's a friend, relative, school buddy, coworker, or the insurance man. Or, as we have it here, these on-campus, so-called 'non-denominational' ministries whose call to 'fellowship' is nothing more than the spider trying to get the fly to come to him. Why? Because that's how it hunts.
I think Mother Theresa put it best: "We can fail, but we do have to try." And trying to suggest that that means we think we can 'earn it' is a reach, and a twisted argument. It is manipulation in order to pull His people off the path. We do have to try.
There's something else going on here. This event took place I don't even know how long before the Bible was written, and yet, what is the serpent doing here? To both God and this serpent, scripture is already written. They both know what's to come and they both know the will of God. They're not sitting around waiting on the printing press. And what is scripture at its core? Not just God's Word and laws, but His will for us, not words on a page. Eve had received instruction here, and that instruction constituted what? God's will for her and Adam. What is this snake doing, trying to instill confusion and make Eve question what she knows?
That serpent is interpreting scripture. And he's doing it in a way that is inaccurate. That muddies the water. He's doing it in a way that twists the meaning back toward the interests of the hearer--in this case, Eve--in order to get her to defy the will of God. Sound familiar? She received those instructions directly, and yet takes the word of the snake.
One thing I'm sure I have in common with everyone in here is that I haven't met a single member of any other church who wasn't able to logically reinterpret scripture, and I think that's an intentional characteristic of the Bible. Contradictions abound (though many are not real contradictions) and this is why you get proof-texting from these people. Two verses lie in apparent opposition, and they will accept one and dispense with the other, either claiming it doesn't pertain to the first one at all, or calling that troublesome verse a mystery or parable or otherwise not to be taken literally.
In this way, the Bible itself--as with every other thing on planet Earth--can be used for both good and evil. That doesn't mean it's flawed.
That means that it is perfect.
One more thing: What is the approach of the serpent? Is it hissing? Taking the posture of a cobra about to strike? Baring its fangs?
No. It's smiling. It's appearing to look out for Eve's interests and welfare. If it had arms, it would have gently placed one around her shoulders and pulled her near. This is also an unchanging event in our history. Remember this: in order to make any inroads into humanity, evil must gently knock on the door and beg admission with a smile on its face. Most of the time, it creeps in through the back door. It must convince us it's harmless. Even friendly. Remember that. If it presented itself at our front door, looking, acting, and speaking the very evil that it is to its core, down to its blood and bone, would we let it in?
And it knows that.
Lecture over. My advice: socialize with them, but do not commune in fellowship in any religious setting, which is what a fellowship ministry is. Go with canon law on this one.