My Journey into the Orthodox Church

by Fr. Joshua Genig I recall being deeply moved by Fr. Richard John Neuhaus’ recounting of his journey from Lutheranism into the Roman Catholic Church (“How I Became the Catholic I Was”). It is a move that not a few have made, with denominational provenance spanning most every Protestant confession. Though I journeyed in a different direction from that of Neuhaus, many of the sights along the way were quite similar. Like him, however, neither do I wish for what follows to be an argument for my position, nor do I wish to engage those who have “cruelly, disdainfully, and despitefully” spoken against me, with little or no basis for their … [Read more...]

The Brotherhood of Moses the Black

by Katie Zavadski It may come as a shock to some, but one surprising religion is making serious inroads into the African-American community. When Karl Berry walked into an Orthodox Church for the first time in 1983, he saw icons of black saints. He and his wife were living in Atlanta at the time, and visiting a friend when they stopped by. He would never forget the day he first encountered St. Moses the Black and St. Cyprian of Carthage. “My first thought was that these were just some very liberal white people who were doing some outreach and trying to appeal to black people,” Berry, now known as Father Moses, told The Daily Beast. … [Read more...]

Orthodox Evangelizing with African-Americans

This was just posted on a Facebook group I am a part of and I only wish I could have been there myself. John is a Facebook friend, and I hope to meet him face to face someday. You can read his conversion story here, To Be Black and Orthodox: Part of My Story, and the story of his wife's converstion here, My Wife Came Home to Orthodoxy. John Gresham, Jr., President of the VA Brotherhood of St Moses the Black & Member of St. Basil Antiochian Orthodox Church, Hampton. Enjoy!     Orthodox Evangelizing with African-Americans … [Read more...]

The Most Important Thing that Protestants Receive in Orthodoxy

An interview with Fr. Igor Zyryanov by Fr. George Maximov From our good friends at Pravoslavie.ru, the guest of today’s program is Priest Igor Zyryanov. He started his journey to God in his early youth, but initially this path led him past the Church. He was a Protestant for 18 years, 12 of which he was a pastor of a Pentecostal community and an active missionary. Several years ago, he and his community converted to Orthodoxy. We will also learn what makes it difficult for Protestants to understand the essence of the Orthodox doctrine and how to overcome these difficulties. Besides this, we will discuss the comprehensiveness of Orthodox … [Read more...]