Orthodox Christian Men’s Association (OCMA) is a brotherhood dedicated to becoming better men together, “as iron sharpens iron” (Prov. 27:17), in Christ Jesus our Lord; that is, becoming by grace what Christ is by nature: truly human and truly divine. As men, we are called to pray and work; provide and protect our family, friends, community, and nation, especially in these uncertain times. We cannot do this alone, however, we need each other and are stronger together. St. Benedict is our patron saint and we strive to follow his motto: Ora et Labora (pray and work), and live by his Rule to the extent we are able. O holy Father Saint Benedict pray to God for us!
Men, especially today, need real brotherhood, camaraderie, and the freedom to be men. Freedom to share our joys and failures, hopes and fears with other men without being judged (for where there is judgment, there is no growth). Men who will help us grow. Men who will hold us accountable. Men who will have our back. Men who will stand up and get work done. Men who will lead by example. Men who live by the mottos: “My Brother Before Me” (MBBM), “I aM My Brother’s Keeper” (IMMBK), and “Dead to the World” (DTTW).
Three Levels (“Trinity”) of Brotherhood
OCMA is the first level (novice) of brotherhood, focusing on “purification” (praxis), i.e., reading lives of the saints, praying, fasting and keeping the commandments (in which Christ is mystically hidden, St. Maximus Confessor). You do not need to be Orthodox or have a motorcycle to join. Orthodox Motorcycle Association (OMA) is the next level (apprentice) of brotherhood, focusing on “illumination” (theoria), i.e., participating in the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church and contemplating Christ in the Scripture and all of creation (logoi of the Logos). You have to be Orthodox and have a motorcycle to join. Dead Orthodox Club (DOC) is the highest level (master) of brotherhood, focusing on “deification” (theosis), i.e., becoming “partakers of the divine” (2 Peter 1:4) even as God became man so that man may become god by grace (St. Athanasius); hesychia (stillness) and noetic prayer of the heart; and being dead to the world, alive in Christ. This is by invitation only for worthy men in OMA.