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Lima, Ohio site of St. Moses the Black Brotherhood annual conference October 3-5

LIMA, OH [MW Diocese Communications] — Over 2000 years ago, a young Virgin and her divine Child found refuge in Africa from threatening forces.  Since that time, Christianity has developed extensive roots in Africa.  Saint Anthony and the Desert Fathers kept the Church from worldliness and preserved the spiritual gifts.  Saint Athanasius helped write the Creed.  Saint Cyril defended Christ and His Mother.  The African Martyrs gave the Church courage, while the African Mothers gave the Church philosophers like Saint Katherine and hermits like Saint Mary of Egypt and Saint Sarah of the Nile showed the path of contrition, redemptive suffering and repentance.

Today, this ancient fountain of spiritual life beckons all Americans to row into deeper waters — the waters of the ancient Christian movement.

To promote cultural understanding, Christian unity, and informed dialogue among blacks and whites in Lima, Saint Stephen Church will be the site of this year’s Ancient Christianity Conference October 3-5, 2014.  The conference is sponsored by the Brotherhood of Saint Moses the Black, a nationwide organization of African American Orthodox Christian leaders.  Among the topics featured is ancient Christianity’s kinship with historic African-American spirituality.  Presenters include Priests Moses Berry, Jerome Sanderson, and Maximus Cabey.  Other presenters include Priest Nathaniel Johnson, Dr. Carla Thomas, Mother Katherine Weston, Rodney Knott, Paul Abernathy, Photios Meirthew, and Turbo Qualls.

A highlight of the conference will be the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, sung together by all in attendance, on Saturday, October 4, at 9:00 a.m.

Registration is $100.00, with scholarships available.  Payments should be sent to the Brotherhood of Saint Moses the Black, PO Box 1887, Anniston, AL 36202-1887.

Additional information may be found here.

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