St. Mary of Egypt Church is the home of the Kansas City chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black, a pan-Orthodox organization. Despite its name, the Brotherhood is not a men’s group, but a fellowship open to all who are drawn to its vision and mission. For more information about the Brotherhood and how to get involved, see Kevin B. or Jonathan R.

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The Vision of the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black is to see the face of Christ reflected in countless expressions of His love and reconciliation throughout the world, whereby people of all races and backgrounds are drawn to the love and healing of Jesus Christ discovered in the Ancient Orthodox Christian Church.


The Mission of the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black is to equip Orthodox Christians for the ministry of Racial Reconciliation, and to share the Orthodox Christian faith with African Americans and people of color.

About the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black

Over two thousand years ago, a young Virgin and her Child found refuge in Africa from threatening forces. Since that time, Christianity has developed extensive roots in Africa. St. Anthony and the Desert Fathers kept the Church from worldliness and preserved the mystical gifts. St. Athanasius helped write the Creed. St. Cyril kept the Church from dishonoring Christ and His Mother. The African Martyrs gave the Church courage. The African Mothers gave the Church philosophers like St. Katherine. The hermitesses like St. Mary of Egypt and St. Sarah of the Nile showed the path of contrition, redemptive suffering and repentance.

In modern times, there is a renewed fountain of ancient Orthodox Christianity. It is flowing throughout the entire world. This flow of spiritual life does not negate the rich tradition already developed in the crucible of suffering and the triumphs of character in America. Rather, it beckons all Americans to row into deeper waters – the waters of the ancient Christian movement. This has been kept alive in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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