African-American Orthodox Christians to hold national conference in metro Detroit

The Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black [BSMB], a national organization of African-American Orthodox Christians, will hold its 18th annual Ancient Christianity and African-American Conference at Holy Transfiguration Church, 36075 W. Seven Mile Road, Livonia, MI August 26-28, 2011.

The conference will be hosted by the Detroit Metro Chapter of the BSMB.

The theme of the conference is “The Ancient Faith for Modern Problems.”  His Grace, Bishop Matthias of Chicago and the Midwest of the Orthodox Church in America, will be the keynote speaker.  Other speakers include

  • Archpriest Moses Berry, pastor of Theotokos “Unexpected Joy” Church, Ash Grove, AR, and founder and president of the BSMB.
  • Archpriest John Finley, a mission priest of the Department of Missions and Evangelism of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America;
  • Priest Paisius Altschul, pastor of Saint Mary of Egypt Church, Kansas City, MO, co-founder and executive director of Reconciliation Services and a developer of FOCUS [Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve];
  • Patrick Tutella, executive director of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry;
  • Dr. Carla Newbern Thomas, vice president of BSMB, of St. Luke Church, Anniston, AL, a physician and a native Detroiter;
  • Mother Catherine [Weston], an Orthodox nun, a member of the Saint Xenia Monastic Community, Indianapolis, IN, and an iconographer, musician and lecturer; and
  • Priest Jerome Sanderson, pastor of Saint John Church, Nashville, IN, an iconographer, and author and illustrator of a book on Saint Moses the Black.

The cost of the conference, including registration and meals, is $100 for two days, $50 for one day and $25 per day for high school and college students.  Limited scholarships for conference attendance are also available.  For complete conference and housing information and registration, visit