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    http://oca.org/news/oca-news/the-brotherhood-of-st.-moses-the-black-conferences-and-ministries-connect-t March 01, 2012 The Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black:
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      March 01, 2012
      The Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black: conferences and ministries
      connect today's Orthodox with their ancient roots
      ASH GROVE, MO [OCA]

      Fr. Moses Berry, rector of the Theotokos of "Unexpected Joy" Mission
      (Orthodox Church in America) in Ash Grove, Missouri, announces that
      registration is open <http://mosestheblack.org/> for The Brotherhood of
      St Moses the Black's 19th Annual Ancient Christianity and Afro-American
      Conference.

      The yearly spring conference hosted by the Brotherhood targets those who
      have little exposure to Orthodoxy, as well as those interested in
      learning more about the African roots of the Orthodox Christian faith.
      Past keynote speakers at the spring conferences have included His
      Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah in 2010, and His Grace Bishop Matthias in 2011.

      His Grace Bishop Thomas of the Antiochian Archdiocese will be this
      year's guest speaker for the event, which is being hosted by the
      Antiochian Village Conference and Retreat Center on May 25-57.

      Founded by Fr. Moses, the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black
      <http://mosestheblack.org/> sponsors two active chapters in Detroit,
      Michigan, and Anniston, Alabama. Members in both communities reach out
      through their involvement in local prison ministries, a free clinic, and
      a high school retention program.

      While Fr. Moses leads as President, OCA parishioner Dr. Carla Newbern
      Thomas also provides direction and support to the Brotherhood as its
      Vice President.

      Dr. Thomas maintains a medical practice in Anniston, Alabama and is a
      founding member of Anniston's OCA mission parish of St. Luke
      <http://oca.org/parishes/oca-so-annslm>. Several years ago, Dr. Thomas
      founded the Anniston Chapter of the Brotherhood and opened the Abba
      Moses Free Clinic, which she manages through the auspices of her own
      medical facilities. The Brotherhood website explains,

      "The Abba Moses Free Clinic is operated out of the medical clinic of Dr.
      Carla Thomas (whose baptized name is Panteleimona after St. Panteleimon,
      7/27). St. Panteleimon is an unmercenary, physician and great martyr who
      healed people of illnesses in the name of Jesus Christ. The segment of
      the population that suffers the most neglect of health is the 19-64 year
      old group. This group is also most often uninsured. It is this group
      that the Abba Moses Clinic serves. Like the Unmercenaries, Abba Moses is
      a desert father who was known for his works of mercy....Dr. Thomas
      wanted to be an unmercenary...a healer who charges no fees, in order to
      give glory unto God."

      The Brotherhood's Secretary and Detroit Chapter Chair, Sharon Gomulka,
      is also an OCA parishioner at the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church
      <http://oca.org/parishes/oca-mw-livhxc> in Livonia, Michigan.




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