The Need to Know

(The following is a rough manuscript of my presentation at St. Basil the Great (Antiochian) Orthodox Church in Hampton on Saturday, June 24th.  Somewhere in mid speech, I attempted to make some changes off the cuff.  Those who heard my talk say it was great.  Of course, I am my own worst critic.  A link to … More The Need to Know

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

Alternative Christianity:  Orthodoxy and the Mainstream Church

Every mainstream should have an antithesis.  This is not to be combative or dismissive to the denomination that left.  Had it not been for the African-American Baptist Church, I probably would have never been born, much less born again.  I think the black church of the various denominations and non-denominations are able to lead souls … More Alternative Christianity:  Orthodoxy and the Mainstream Church

Relevance and a Need for Real Faith: Reflections from the First Symposium of the VA Chapter of the Brotherhood

What is the relevance of this ancient African Christianity?   What is the relevance of Orthodox Christianity?  I tell you the relevance is the future of our community and nothing short … Subdeacon Paul Abernathy Broken souls need a home to come to.  Those souls are not finding a suitable home in the poor theologies … More Relevance and a Need for Real Faith: Reflections from the First Symposium of the VA Chapter of the Brotherhood

A Case for Orthodoxy in the African American Church

The following is a collection of notes I wrote to present to my former congregation and colleagues concerning my desire to form a bridge between African American Baptist and Orthodox Christians.  I still believe strongly that such a bridge is very necessary for the sake of black Christians to grow deeper in the faith.  Now, … More A Case for Orthodoxy in the African American Church

Black Gospel Music & The Orthodox Church: A Need To Seek Common Ground

The only truly salvific music that came from America is the Negro Spiritual. ——- Archbishop Dimitri (OCA) Black Gospel was born in suffering.  Slaves, at first, were denied the gift of Christianity.  Masters were eventually convinced that the faith could be taught to “their property” to encourage them to accept their lot in life and … More Black Gospel Music & The Orthodox Church: A Need To Seek Common Ground