2022 Fellowship of St. Moses the Black Conference

Baptizing Culture: We heard them speak in our own tongues the mighty works of God. (Acts 2:11)

Registration | Schedule | Hotel | Sponsorship | Conference Speakers

October 14-16, 2022

Host parish:
St. Moses the Black Orthodox Church
2038 Bedford Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

This year’s conference will be our first in a hybrid format, taking place simultaneously in person in Pittsburgh and also online!

Come join us for the 29th Annual Fellowship of St. Moses the Black Conference as we explore what it means to “Baptize Culture!” Is this a new idea, or does it have deep roots in Christian Faith and practice? How has the “baptism of culture” helped cultural groups, through the centuries, to draw closer to Christ and live a Christian life? What are the implications for Orthodox Christian life and outreach in the Americas? Which aspects of our cultures are most suitable and favorable for “baptism” so that we can hear “in our own tongues the mighty works of God?”

We have lined up dynamic speakers who are deeply involved in cultural ministry, to lead us in thoughtful and spiritually-enriching conversations. All are welcome to come.


Register here to attend the 2022 conference, either online or in person >

  • In-person Full Conference fee: $125 (Covers four meals through the weekend. Children 12 and younger are free.)
  • Virtual Full Conference fee: $35
  • Monastics are free (Request a discount code to register)
  • Scholarships are available!

Donate to the Conference: http://mosestheblack.org/donate/

Purchase St. Moses the Black T-Shirt: http://mosestheblack.org/2022/04/fsmb-t-shirts/

More questions? Contact us at conference@mosestheblack.org

Platinum Sponsor

Many thanks to our Platinum Sponsor of the 2022 Conference: Saint Constantine College.


This schedule is subject to change.

Friday Afternoon

  • 10am-12pm: Tour (TBD)
  • 12pm: Lunch
  • 4:30pm: Registration and Check-In

Friday Evening

  • 6:00pm: Welcome
  • Opening Prayer
  • Talks
  • Fellowship
  • Creative Sharing
  • Closing Prayer

Saturday Morning

  • 7:30am: Divine Liturgy
  • Continental breakfast & fellowship
  • 10:00am: Welcome
  • Opening Prayer
  • Talks
  • Small Group Discussion
  • Afternoon Prayer

Saturday Afternoon

  • 12:30pm: Lunch / fellowship
  • Talks
  • Trauma Workshop
  • 6:00pm: Vespers

Saturday Evening

  • 7:30pm: Dinner / fellowship
  • Talks
  • Open Share
  • Closing Prayer

Sunday Morning

  • 10:30am: Divine Services
  • Lunch/Fellowship


Comfort Inn & Suites

180 Gamma Dr Bldg A
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Group rate: $90 per night

Book via our group link: https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/ZM46V3
or by calling the hotel: 412-963-0600

  • Shuttle will be provided from the hotel to the church
  • 50 minutes or less from the Pittsburgh International Airport
  • The link is already pre-set for Oct 13-16th. Please adjust the dates if you will be not be staying for the entire time. 
  • If you are looking for a roommate please contact us: conference@mosestheblack.org


Conference Speakers

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Father Moses Berry

  • President Emeritus
  • Priest of the Orthodox Church in America
  • Curator of the Ozarks Afro-American Heritage Museum
  • National speaker on African American history
  • Contributor to An Unbroken Circle: Linking Ancient African Christianity to the African American Experience
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Mother Katherine Weston

  • Nun in the Orthodox Church
  • President of FSMB
  • Master’s in pastoral care and counseling
  • Licensed Counselor
  • Author and International Speaker
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Father Paul Abernathy

  • Parish Priest at St. Moses the Black Orthodox Church
  • CEO of Neighborhood Resilience Project
  • Author of the Book, The Prayer of a Broken Heart
  • National Speaker
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Dr. Carla Thomas

  • FSMB Legacy Member
  • Board of Trustees-St. Vladimir Seminary
  • Family Physician
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Dr. Zhanna Lehmann

  • Founder and Director of the Illinois Orthodox Choir
  • Instructor at the Illinois String Academy of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Rev. Dr. Alexander Goussetis

  • Director of the Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese
  • Author of Practicing Prayer: A Daily Workbook
  • Parish Priest at Transfiguration Orthodox Church in Pennsylvania
  • Host of the podcast Family Matters on Ancient Faith Radio
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Fr. Dcn. John Gresham

  • Deacon at St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church
  • Author of Become All Flame: Lent with African Saints