Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black: conferences and ministries......
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
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
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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