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TO BE BLACK AND ORTHODOX: PART OF MY STORY

By John Gresham I have a friend who is considering becoming an Orthodox Christian.  She is African-American and is concerned that by joining the Orthodox Church that she would be turning her back on black culture.  While she likes everything about the ancient faith, she notices the lack of Negro spirituals and the preaching style of the church we grew ... Read More »

The Good Samaritan: 8th Sunday of Luke; Lk 10:25-37

‘’He who does not love his brother abides in death’’ (1Jn 3:14) The action of life is the heroism of love. This is the milk that is given in abundance by our Mother Church. ‘’Let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are the truth, and ... Read More »

RAPHAEL MORGAN: ORTHODX PRIEST

To all intents and purposes, the Greek-Australian view of the Greek Orthodox Church is a parochial and ethnophyletic one. However, the venerable Byzantine tradition that defines Modern Hellenism and the permeation of that culture through much of eastern Europe and the Middle East, notwithstanding, the adherence or interest of others in Orthodoxy looms strange. Enter the Very Rev. Raphael Morgan ... Read More »

AFRICAN-AMERICAN ORTHODOXY (A Personal Journey to the Ancient Christianity of Orthodoxy)

When I was considering becoming Orthodox, a friend and fellow historian of African-American religion asked me if I understood how much Orthodoxy fit the aspects of African-American religion that had most personally interested me over the years. Several months earlier, an Orthodox monk had remarked to me how attuned he thought Orthodoxy was to the traditional spirituality of black people. ... Read More »