Father Moses Berry: From Hippie Bad-Boy Cool-Cat to Orthodox Priest

by Irene Archos You wouldn’t suspect that the jovial Orthodox priest who carries the gold chalise with such reverence from behind the iconostasis of “Mother of Unexpected Joy” church was once a drug dealing, rambling hippie and coffee-house owner with his own underground band, not to mention an illegitimate descendent of Nathaniel Boone, the son of the legendary American hero Daniel Boone.  Father Moses Berry, who is by now in his 60s, is still a rolling ball of fire, overflowing with spontaneous exuberance.  He bounces from one story to another as he moves from one section of the Ozarks Afro-American Heritage Museum he founded in his native … [Read more...]

New Orthodox Academy Opening Fall 2018: Enrollment is Open

Some of you may know about the new GreatMartyr Euphemia Orthodox Theological Academy which opens in the Fall of 2018. What you may not know is what separates us from other schools, and why it is worth it for you to have a closer look. If you're wanting more thorough and practical apologetics information, want to help your local parish with catechism or adult ed courses, are a busy dad, a homeschooling mom, Sunday School teacher, aspiring to service as a deacon or priest, or want to deepen your experience of the faith. the GreatMartyr Euphemia Academy is for you. How so? First, it's not another masters level theological institute. The … [Read more...]

Another 1,000 Children Baptized by Patriarch Ilia of Georgia

He's going for the record, I think. The Georgian people have again expressed their great love of and trust in His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia, bringing more than 1,000 children to be baptized and become the primate’s Godchildren in a mass ceremony. Photo: patriarchate.ge   This 53rd such mass Baptism took place on Sunday at Tbilisi’s Holy Trinity Cathedral, with more than 1,000 souls being united to Christ our God in His holy Orthodox Church, reports the official website of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Photo: patriarchate.ge   The previous mass Baptism was held on January 21, with 708 children … [Read more...]

First Divine Liturgy Celebrated in Al-Zabadani in Six Years

Good News is our business! The first Divine services in six years were recently celebrated in the Church of the Dormition in the town of Al-Zabadani. Peace has begun to reign to the west of Damascus following the military operation that forced terrorists to leave the Wadi Barada valley. The restoration of a peaceful way of life continues there in the cities of Al-Zabadani and Madaya, including the renewal of Orthodox life, reports Russian Spring. This area of Syria is known as Paradise, for the beauty of its nature and climate. According to local legend, it is there that Cain buried his brother Abel after slaying him. These places have … [Read more...]