Author Archives: Mike Riess

Moravian Unity statement on derogatory statements, Jan. 15, 2018

MORAVIAN CHURCH – UNITAS FRATRUM Office of the Unity Board Administrator Christiansfeld, January 15th, 2018 To: The Worldwide Moravian Unity Ref.: Statement on derogatory statements made by President Trump   We greet you in the name of Jesus the Christ, our Chief Elder. The Moravian Church has followed with dismay, the derogatory statements made by […]

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Moravian Magazine, Issue 9 2017

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Cherokee Nation officials tour Southern Province Archives

On a wonderful, warm, Wednesday October afternoon at Moravian Archives in Winston-Salem, N.C., a reading room full of invited guests assembled to welcome an official visit by two leaders from the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, Jr., and the Honorable Jack D. Baker, a former at-large councilman for […]

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Obituary: The Rt. Rev. Edwin Sawyer

Brother Edwin A. Sawyer died in Lititz, Pennsylvania, October 5, 2017. He was 103 years old. Born July 20, 1914 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Otto and Sarah (Ziegler) Sawyer. Brother Sawyer attended Moravian Preparatory School in Bethlehem, and graduated from Lehigh University in 1935 with a Bachelor of Science in Business […]

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Intercessions for Times of Crisis

For many, it feels like we’re living in a time of constant stress and human tragedy. With natural disasters, racial unrest, political upheaval, economic uncertainty, mass shootings and terror attacks, we may find it difficult to find solace and peace. In these times, the prayers offered in the 1995 Moravian Book of Worship can help […]

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Moravian Magazine, Issue 8 2017

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District Developments, October 2017

The Newsletter of The Eastern District Moravian Church October 2017 David E. Bennett, President   Ministry Teams Renewed With Purpose In an earlier article, I wrote about the restructure of district commissions toward a more effective model for supporting our district congregations and achieving the mission mandates of the 2016 Eastern District Synod. Indeed, “To […]

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Moravian Magazine, Issue 7 2017

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Update from Board of World Mission/Moravian Disaster Response: Hurricane/Earthquake Updates

  Please share this information broadly and with individuals in congregations The information below is an update on the current response of MDR as we monitor the beginning stages of recovery in Texas from Harvey, the anticipation of further damage from Hurricane Irma, and listen to the potential impact of Hurricanes Jose and Katia close behind. […]

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Moravian Magazine, August 2017

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WD News & Notes, September 2017

Bruce’s Babblings By the time you read this, most if not all of the people you know who are going to school for fall will have started classes. Some colleges and private schools have begun classes already. In some areas of our district classes began in August. In the community I live in, the private […]

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District Developments, September 2017

The Newsletter of The Eastern District Moravian Church • September 2017 David E. Bennett, President   Taking Church To The Beach! I’m told, “sandy feet left the beach early!” One can imagine how serving a congregation close to the shore can be a challenge come warm summer days. Naturally, we all want to make the […]

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Synod Video Test Page

Southern Province Synod 2018: Living the Essentials With Courage for the Future Moravian Church Southern Province leaders share information and insights for delegates to the 2018 Southern Province Synod, April 19-22, 2018 SP Synod 2018: What Is Synod? from IBOC • Mike Riess on Vimeo. SP Synod 2018: What is the Theme of Synod 2018? […]

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Provincial Elders’ Conferences, Southern and Northern Provinces, issue joint letter on Charlottesville

After much prayer and conversation, both the Southern and Northern Province Provincial Elders’ Conferences of the Moravian Church in America issued this letter regarding the events of August 12 in Charlottesville, Virginia: August 15, 2017 A Joint Letter from the Provincial Elders’ Conferences Southern and Northern Provinces Dear brothers and sisters, We write with a […]

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WD News & Notes, August 2017

Bruce’s Babblings One of the mentors in my life was Coach Dick Bennett, who at the time I knew him was the men’s college basketball coach at UW–Stevens Point. I was the manager of the men’s basketball team during my college years. Coach Bennett went on to coach at UW–Green Bay, then the University of […]

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District Developments, August 2017

The Newsletter of The Eastern District Moravian Church August 2017 David E. Bennett, President District Developments Meet Eastern District Social Media Intern Shana Angel In an earlier District Developments article, we shared information related to our search for an Eastern District Social Media Intern. Such action to strengthen our ability to network through social media […]

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The Moravian Magazine, June/July 2017

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WD News & Notes, July 2017

Bruce’s Babblings It has been an incredible couple of weeks in the Western District. Allow me to elaborate: We have observed two ordinations (Greg Behrend and Ben Lippert), We have witnessed three pastoral installations (David Sobek at Lake Mills, Gregg Schaefer at Morongo, and Greg Behrend at Our Savior’s in Altura) Three of our Western […]

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Discussion Paper on the Role of the Worldwide Moravian Unity

The 43rd Unity Synod of the worldwide Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) passed a resolution recommending the dissemination and study of a paper on the role of the worldwide Moravian Unity by all Provinces. The resolution reads: Resolution US2016.56: Discussion Paper on the Role of the Worldwide Moravian Unity Be it resolved that the committee has studied […]

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Preorder for 2018 Moravian Daily Texts to begin in July

While there’s still more than six months left to 2017, we’re already thinking about 2018 — that is, the 2018 Moravian Daily Texts! Since last fall, the IBOC has been focused on compiling and editing the 2018 edition of this well-loved devotional. First published in 1731 in Herrnhut, Germany, The Daily Texts grew out of a […]

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Truth & Reconciliation materials for Canadian District congregations

Moravian Church in Canada Incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1909 as “The Board of Elders of the Canadian District of the Moravian Church in America” DISTRICT EXECUTIVE BOARD Greg Weir • District President Wednesday June 14th, 2017 Good morning all, On behalf of the Board of Elders of the Canadian District of the […]

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Western District News & Notes, June 2017

“Bruce’s Babblings” – Notes from our District President My life recently has been one of comings and goings. I am excited to rejoice with Greg Behrend, Ben Lippert, and Mandy Mastros (from the Eastern District) who have recently graduated from Moravian Seminary. Greg and his wife Amy are expecting their first child toward the end […]

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WD News & Notes, June 2017

WD News & Notes June 2017 Bruce’s Babblings My life recently has been one of comings and goings. I am excited to rejoice with Greg Behrend, Ben Lippert, and Mandy Mastros (from the Eastern District) who have recently graduated from Moravian Seminary. Greg and his wife Amy are expecting their first child toward the end […]

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District Developments, June 2017

The Newsletter of The Eastern District Moravian Church June 2017 David E. Bennett, President District Developments   District Seeks Social Media Intern You see people sitting in the malls, waiting rooms, and even on park benches doing it…..it’s that telltale slow swipe of the finger down their smartphone or tablet…..over and over again as they […]

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Veedum Moravian celebrates a century of service

On Sunday, April 9, 2017 Veedum Moravian Church, in rural Pittsville, Wis. celebrated a century as a congregation.

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“Close your eyes and think about your time at Camp Hope…”

There are very few places that can conjure up such emotion with a simple memory. You see, I am not only writing to you as the Chair of the Hope Conference Center Board of Management but also as a lifelong camper. Camp Hope made me the person I am today. As a kid, it was the only place where I could be myself. More importantly, it was a spiritual place that brought me closer to God. It’s this relationship that keeps bringing me back year after year. It’s what drew me to serve on the Board and, now, to serve as its Chair.

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Tar Hollow says, “Asante Mungu”

Every summer, near the end of July, Moravians from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois gather to share one week as one community in the deep hills of Tar Hollow, one of Ohio’s State Parks. Here, campers from grades 7 through age 21 spend a week in nature experiencing good old-fashioned camping, which includes program, activities, campfires, swimming and everything else you can imagine a week of camp consists of.

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Seminary honors outstanding graduates

Every spring, the Moravian Seminary community—alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends—comes together to catch up, learn what’s happening at the Moravian College and Seminary and honor alumni.

At this year’s Moravian Theological Seminary Alumni Luncheon in Bethlehem, Pa., held in March, those gathered honored two Seminary graduates who have taken the values and experiences of the Seminary out into the world to make a difference in the lives of others.

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Sunnyside Ministry program helps student focus her future

Part of the program allows some students to participate in a work experience at Sunnyside Ministry. The program is open to students who live or attend high school in the Sunnyside Ministry service area. Elizabeth Thomas is one of the Class of 2017 scholarship recipients and a participant in the internship program. She shares her experience and thanks for the Sunnyside Ministry Scholarship program:

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Hope Quilters celebrate 25th anniversary with a big challenge

For a quarter century, a group of crafters has been piecing together cloth for a good cause. And in celebration of their 25th anniversary, this group is setting a challenge to create 100 quilts to help those in need!

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