East End Beach Keepers Fellowship: Second Clean-up on the Rocks

The weather this October has been quite dry and comfortably warm. Saturday, the 12th was no exception.  My only fear was that I didn’t put the right address to the right parking lot to Anderson Park.  I picked up Camron at St. Basil’s at 8:15 and arrived at the Monitor Merrimac Overlook parking lot in […]

Balloons as litter: a problem we can solve

I stumbled across an interesting article from Clean Waterways Virginia describing the nuisance of wasted balloons on our beaches and shorelines.  If you are planning an event, please refrain from any sort of balloon release.  Balloons as litter: a problem we can solve. Here are a couple of other links to articles about this problem: https://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/CoastalZoneManagement/CZMIssuesInitiatives/MarineDebris/MarineDebris-Balloons.aspx https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/what-goes-up-comes-down-as-litter-balloon-releases-are-being-banned/2019/09/01/0f96b9c8-c9cd-11e9-a1fe-ca46e8d573c0_story.html […]

East End Beach Keepers Fellowship:  Prayer and Practice before Preaching

The next shoreline clean-up date for the Beach Fellowship will be Saturday, October 12th at Anderson Beach.  We will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the Third Hour Prayer.  From 9:30 to 11:45 is litter collection time.  We’ll end at 12 noon with Sixth Hour Prayer.  The prayers are Orthodox Christian and optional for anyone participating […]

East End Beach Keepers Fellowship: September Clean-Up

I woke up today in great anticipation and humble expectations.  Of my ten Teen SOYO members, I was only expecting a handful to show up.  Most of them are involved in sports and had other activities planned before I came up with this idea.  The ones who said they would participate included my leaders; Frank […]

Ammah Sarah Chesapeake Bay Outreach: End of the Path?

On the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos (Sunday, September 8th), I made this announcement at St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church:  Brothers & Sisters in Christ Our Teen SOYO will kick-off what, I pray, will become a consistent Orthodox presence in the East End of Newport News.  On Saturday, September 21st, we will […]

King-Lincoln Park: Recapturing a Sense of Renewal

At the very end of Jefferson Avenue in Newport News is a diamond. A place that shined with great spiritual hope for African-Americans during segregation.  Pinkett’s Beach at King-Lincoln Park was one of few places black people could go and enjoy the water on a hot summer’s day.  This humble stretch of sand has been […]

A Call to Renunciation and Watchfulness: Maroons & Monastics

In the fourth century, many Christians fled to the deserts of northern Africa and the Middle East to escape worldly distractions and struggle against their temptations. Some were tired of the growing complacency that was creeping into the Church now that Christianity had become legal.  Others had little trust in government protection even though Emperor […]

Westmoreland & the Path of Humility

Recently, I had the good fortune to attend a diversity training session for my job at Westmoreland State Park. Visiting the Potomac River shoreline is a homecoming for me.  My family and I used to live in Sandy Point in a house owned by Joseph J. Roane, a prominent African-American of the county.  I attended […]