Stumbling into Zion – Part 3

by Fr. John MosesStumbling into Zion – PeregrinationSometimes, the Celtic saints would make a “peregrination.” This is like a pilgrimage but different because a peregrination had no set destination. The saint would get in his boat, maybe with friends or disciples, and go where ever the wind would take them. This is how a broken and conflicted United Methodist minister became an Orthodox Priest. We went on a peregrination that took us across “the big pond” to the North of England and the University of Durham.I first went to college to be a music major and my instrument was the pipe organ. However, after 2 years and a sophomore recital, it … [Read more...]

Stumbling into Zion – Part 2

by Fr. John MosesI looked beyond the Christianity.I read the classics of Buddhism and Hinduism. The Beatles certainly played a part in my interest in Hinduism. With my sexualized personality, I studied Tantric Yoga hoping that my “energy” could be channeled into a more holistic lifestyle. While intriguing and challenging, nothing seemed to stick with me. My soul was intrigued but unmoved. I do remember the first time I saw the followers of Krishna. I was staying in an apartment in Georgetown. It was a warm day and the windows were open. We were listening to Abbey Road and smoking, when in the distance, I heard the sound of rhythmic chanting … [Read more...]

Stumbling into Zion – The Confessions of a Redneck Priest

by Fr. John Moses A strong testimony of the healing power of Christ and his Church, Fr. John Moses' story is presented to give hope to those trapped in darkness. “I’d rather you were dead.” I stood in amazement because my mother, who had just spoken those words, clearly did not understand what I was saying to her. I assured her that I was not converting to Judaism. Even so, it would take some years until she understood my change in life and warmed up to Orthodoxy. I asked her once why she remained a Methodist. Without a pause she replied that the Methodist Church let her think whatever she wanted. I thought that this was precisely the … [Read more...]