Reverend John Melville Burgess, the first African American bishop of the Episcopal Church

John Melville. Burgess was born March 11, 1909 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on March 11, 1909, the son of Theodore Thomas and Ethel (Beverly) Burgess. He received a bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan in 1930 and 1931, respectively, and graduated from Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts., in 1934. He was... Continue Reading →

Zoroastrian Word of the Day AVESTA

We often highlight Zoroastrians on the site, here's a word from the Oxford English Dictionary. In contemporary times, Freddie Mercury was a Zoroastrian. Avesta, n. [‘The sacred scripture of Zoroastrianism; spec. the ancient texts enshrining the law, liturgy, and belief system of Zoroastrianism, written in the ancient Avestan language.’] Pronunciation: Brit. /əˈvɛstə/, U.S. /əˈvɛstə/ You can read the Avesta... Continue Reading →

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