The Church Belongs To Everyone

Interview with Fr. Moses Berry Fr. Moses Berry, an OCA priest ministering at Theotokos “Unexpected Joy” Orthodox Church in Ash Grove, Missouri, has an unusual story. In 1998, he moved with his family from St. Louis to his family’s farm in Ash Grove, near Springfield. Century Farm has been in the Berry family since 1872; on the property a cemetery dedicated to “Slaves, Paupers, and Indians” needed maintenance and oversight, and so Fr. Moses left a mission in the city to return to his rural boyhood home. A small group of faithful collected around the new mission, Theotokos “Unexpected Joy.”  The tiny cemetery chapel hosted the first services; … [Read more...]

African-American Orthodoxy

by Dr. Albert J. Raboteau Professor Raboteau is one of the nation's foremost authorities on African-American religious history, and the Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion at Princeton University. He chaired the Princeton Department of Religion from 1987 to 1992 and served as dean of the Graduate School in 1992–93. Dr. Raboteau is a convert to the Orthodox Church, and helped found the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church (OCA), which is attended by several Princeton students and other community members. When I was considering becoming Orthodox, a friend and fellow historian of African-American religion asked me if … [Read more...]