Dear Friends and Neighbors,
On the first Sunday of December, 2013, I saddened and surprised many of you when I announced that I was leaving the Baptist pulpit and Protestant Christianity. To make the shock even more unbelievable, I converted to Orthodox Christianity; a faith that very few whites were exposed to, far fewer we blacks. The dust has long settled and most of you are at peace knowing that I am still a devout Christian. Perhaps you have some questions about my beliefs and practices. Perhaps you wanted to ask, but wasn’t sure how to catch up with me. I am offering you a chance to converse, visit, and pray with me.
On Tuesdays, you are welcome to observe and pray with me as I observe my Vespers prayer rule at 6 pm. It is a simple order of prayer based on the Gospels and Psalms. After the prayer, you are welcome to ask whatever you wish and have a bowl of whatever I have in my crock pot (if it is chili, I promise not to make it too spicy). At 7 pm I will offer prayers from the Canon for Racial Reconciliation and the Prayer for Africa’s Children in America by the black abolitionist Maria Stewart. This is a great opportunity to talk about the issues that separate people in our society, what problems we have in our own town, and what can be done to improve our own back yard.
If you wish to take me up on this offer, please call text, or e-mail me. I can also be contacted via Facebook.
Christ is in our midst. He is and ever shall be.
John R. Gresham, Jr.
Lay Chanter, St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church, Hampton
President, VA Chapter of the Brotherhood of Saint Moses the Black
National Secretary, Brotherhood of Saint Moses the Black