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African-American Orthodox Christians to Hold National Conference in Metro Detroit

St. Moses the BlackSt. Moses the BlackDETROIT - The Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black (BSMB), a national organization of African-American Orthodox Christians, will conduct its 18th annual Ancient Christianity and African-American Conference Aug. 26-28 at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, 36075 W. Seven Mile Road, Livonia.

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." The Rt. Rev. Matthias (Moriak), Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest of the Orthodox Church in America, will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers are:

The Very Rev. Moses Berry, pastor of Theotokos "Unexpected Joy" Orthodox Church in Ash Grove, Ark., and founder and president of the BSMB;

The Very Rev. John Finley, a mission priest of the Department of Missions and Evangelism of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America;

The Rev. Paisius Altschul, pastor of St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Church in Kansas City, Mo., co-founder and executive director of Reconciliation Services there, 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, founder of St. Luke's Orthodox Church in Anniston, Ala., a physician with a medical practice there, and a native Detroiter; 

Mother Catherine (Weston), an Orthodox nun, a member of the St. Xenia Monastic Community in Indianapolis, Ind., and an iconographer, musician and lecturer;

The Rev. Jerome Sanderson, pastor of St. John the Barefoot Orthodox Church in Nashville, Ind., an iconographer, and author and illustrator of a book on St. 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 information and registration, visit the BSMB website.

Hyatt Place Detroit/Livonia, 19300 Haggerty Road, Livonia, is providing lodging for the conference, with a special rate of $87 plus tax per room per night for rooms reserved before July 26. Register at http://detroitlivonia.pla... by entering group code G-BROT in the "Corporate/Group #" field.


Sharon Gomulka

Detroit Metro Chapter, Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black

(734) 634-2650 cell


David Adrian

Adrian & Associates

(248) 322-9226 office

(248) 515-4607 cell