Looking Beyond “The Other” to “One Another”

I was blessed to give a talk on Orthodoxy and Racial Reconciliation at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Virginia Beach. A greater blessing came from the sermon preached by Fr. John Manuel who expressed the deep need for Christians to look beyond differences of race and class to love each other with open hearts. … More Looking Beyond “The Other” to “One Another”

St Moses Weekend: Reconciliation by the Pursuit of God and Christian Humanity

There are so many things to be divided over this year.  The arguments about the Black Lives Matter movement, whether or not it is disrespectful not to stand and salute the American flag when the National Anthem is played, Clinton vs. Trump; you would think that an African-American priest would speak from the topic of … More St Moses Weekend: Reconciliation by the Pursuit of God and Christian Humanity

My Wife Came Home

When I decided to leave the Baptist church and convert to Orthodoxy, my wife was understandably concerned. First, there was the loss of income we would suffer as I would be leaving my pastoral salary.  I would have to be Orthodox for at least five years to be considered for ordination to the priesthood and … More My Wife Came Home

The Desert Fathers: A Sad Omission of the Black Church

  One of the first books I received when I converted to the Orthodox Church was “The Sayings of the Desert Fathers.” Only briefly in Malcolm X’s autobiography did I see any mention that we should even consider knowing about them.  I have read and been familiar with black liberation theology.  But, authors such as … More The Desert Fathers: A Sad Omission of the Black Church

Orthodox Evangelism & the African-American Community: A Two Way Street

I recently attended the Pan-Orthodox Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers Service at St. Constantine & Helen in Newport News, VA.  It was a blessing to see the clergy of our various jurisdictions from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach gather together to commemorate and worship one of the great high points of our faith.  That we affirm the … More Orthodox Evangelism & the African-American Community: A Two Way Street