Writing Samples

“Come and See”

Metropolitan JonahWhile the 90s heartthrob boyband Hanson was wrapping up a concert in Florida, their parents were hosting none other than the metropolitan of the Orthodox Church in America… Read more

Dorm Squatter

A handful of ORU students got a little more than they bargained for this summer when they encountered a squatter on the upper floors of Michael who was allegedly stealing things from their rooms while they were sleeping…. Read More

Rebuilding Bridges


In July of 1987, the University Senate of the United Methodist Church revoked the ORU College [then “School”] of Theology’s accreditation and ruled that students receiving their theological training at Oral Roberts University would not be eligible for ordination… Read More

Inside the Monastery

Inside a striking brick edifice at 21 Street and Lewis, twenty-two sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict rise faithfully on Sunday morning to spend time in prayer before breakfast. They gather in the small Oratory… Read More 

Catholics and ORU

On May 23, 1912, the ground at Eighth and Boulder in a then scantly-developed downtown Tulsa was broken by parishioners of Holy Family Parish. After years of explosive growth in the still fledgling city of Tulsa, the parish had secured a loan to erect what would become known as Holy Family Cathedral… Read More 

Orthodoxy and ORU

At the corner of Sixth Street and Columbia Avenue near the University of Tulsa is St. Antony’s Orthodox Christian Church, a small, traditional congregation that is part of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America…. Read More