Season two of The Black American Orthodox Experience begins with a conversation between Fr. Samuel Davis and our guest Fr. Nathaniel Johnson.
Fr. Nathaniel was once of the many men and women who were famously welcomed into the Orthodox Church from the “Evangelical Orthodox Church” in 1987, but due to a lingering culture racism in society at the time, he would not be elevated to the priesthood for many years afterward.
Fr. Nathaniel shares his experiences, from performing as a jazz musician which later led him to support the creation of new Orthodox liturgical music, to his encounters with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He shares his advice for younger members of the church and clergy, encouraging us to remain steadfast, to serve without personal ambition, and remember that all good work is done through the power of Christ.
The Black American Orthodox Experience is a program focused on Orthodox missions in America—insights, challenges, and how we can reach (and are reaching) members of Black, Indigenous, and other communities with the Church of Jesus Christ. Our goal is to feature honest and informative conversations about what the Great Commission looks like in modern America within a historical and cultural context.
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