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...]

US Army General Baptized Orthodox

  An American general was baptized Orthodox after staying several years in Moldavia. The chief of the European Regional Medical Command of NATO says that the Mother of God spoke to him. Norvel Coots is the chief of the European Regional Medical Command of NATO and has the rank of Brigadier General of the US Army. Arrived in Chisinau, the American was deeply touched by the thousands of institutionalized children and the difficult conditions in which they lived daily. In 2000 he started a project for aiding them, which is carried on still today. ”I saw orphanages that worked according to the Russian system from the former Soviet … [Read more...]

Why More African Americans Are Drawn to the Orthodox Church

The African-American community is being drawn to Orthodox Christianity, inspired by its roots in Africa, claims to authenticity, and reverence to black saints. Karl Berry is one of a few black Americans to be ordained an Orthodox priest. He grew up in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He said he's "always had a love for Jesus," but he wasn't sold on the Christianity he was being exposed to. In 1983 Berry walked into an Orthodox Church for the first time and was surprised by what he saw: icons of black saints. "My first thought was that these were just some very liberal white people who were doing some outreach and trying to appeal … [Read more...]

To Be Black and Orthodox: Part of My Story

by John Gresham, Jr.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 up in. Also, except for me, I am the only native black American in the parish. While she is used to being the only black in some circles in her upbringing, that she would be a little more comfortable making the same plunge that I did if she saw more of us in the same pool. How is it possible … [Read more...]