Author Archives: Mike Riess

Lehigh Valley Moravians to host interfaith “Join We All: Welcoming Refugees and Immigrants as Neighbors and Friends”

Image:“The Best Supper” © Jan Richardson “Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity; and let us put aside all selfishness in consideration of language, nationalism, or religion.” -John Amos Comenius, 1592-1670, Bishop of the Unitas Fratrum (Moravian Church) and religious refugee Sunday, February 26 @ 3 pm Johnston Hall—Moravian College […]

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Moravian Magazine, January/February 2017

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Washington D.C. Youth Convo 2017 Registration Extended to February 15

July 1-6, 2017, youth from all over North America will gather in Washington, D.C. for the 20th Moravian Youth Convocation. This year, after entertaining multiple requests from youth, the planning team has elected to open Convo 2017 registration to youth who have completed grades 8-12. This Moravian Youth Convo program will be led by the […]

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Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center seeks Executive Director

Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director. This position has the responsibility for overseeing the total camp and retreat operations. The preferred candidate will have a deep Christian faith, passion for working to make a difference in the lives of others, and a desire to serve. Mt. […]

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District Developments, January 2017

The Newsletter of The Eastern District Moravian Church January 2017 David E. Bennett, President Extending Christ’s Love With Community Ministry For Moravian Theological Seminary student, Mandy Mastros, it all comes together in these words….“Our Lord Jesus Christ entered into this world’s misery to bear it and overcome it. We seek to follow Him in serving […]

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WD News & Notes, January 2017

Bruce’s Babblings Brothers and Sisters in Christ: I hope you all had enjoyable Christmas and New Year’s holidays. It was different for me as it was the first time in 25 years and the first time in 26 of the last 27 years that I was not in front of a church helping to lead […]

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Northern Province: Identity, Purpose and Organization (IPO)

IPO Introduction: Moravian Church in America Northern Province from IBOC • Mike Riess on Vimeo. Recommendations of the Task Force on Identity, Purpose, and Organization (IPO) Executive Summary The Provincial Synod of 2010 called for the formation of a commission to study the structure of the Northern Province and report back with recommendations to come […]

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Moravian Magazine, November/December 2016

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Moravian Youth Convo 2017 Registration Information

MORAVIAN YOUTH CONVO 2017 JULY 1-6, 2017 Washington, D.C. * University of Maryland A gathering of Moravian Youth for the purpose of Building Community, Spiritual Formation, Mission Engagement, and Fellowship. NEW! REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB. 15, 2017. DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM   Participants must have completed grades 8 through 12 in 2017. Chaperones must […]

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IBOC introduces Image Calendar, Essentials Mug and more

The Moravian Church in America IBOC Bookstore is offering a variety of new products to share the image and ministry of the Moravian Church. “Images of the Moravian Church” 2017 Calendar The IBOC is pleased to introduce “Images of the Moravian Church”, a unique 12-month wall calendar for 2017 with full-page photos depicting Moravian traditions, […]

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Looking for the 2017 Moravian Daily Texts?

  Imagine sharing the same devotional with 1.5 million believers in more than 50 languages around the globe. The Moravian Daily Texts has been living this ecumenical dream for many years! First published in 1731 in Herrnhut, Germany, The Daily Texts grew out of a spiritual renewal of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) that dates […]

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Western District News & Notes: November 2016

Bruce’s Babblings by the Rev. Bruce Nelson, President, Western District Executive Board Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Psalm 19: 1 states, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”  (New International Version) This verse has always had special meaning for me.  However, it took on even greater […]

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Western District Spring Conference, April 21-23, 2017

Our Changing World…Same God A conference to help equip Christian leaders to talk positively about their faith. Sponsored by the Moravian Church Western District Christian Education Commission. April 21-23, 2017 Olympia Village, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin www.olympiaresort.com Cost: $175 per person double occupancy (single: $275; couple: $350; commuter: $125) Early Bird Discount:$25.00 off if you register and pay […]

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The Moravian Magazine, Sept/Oct 2016

The Moravian Magazine, Sept/Oct 2016. In this issue: A festival for children; congregations and communities; Keeping Time; and more!

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Board of World Mission Hurricane Matthew Response Update

The Board of World Mission is responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in cooperation with Global Partners and Local Congregations Please share this information broadly and with individuals in congregations As Hurricane Matthew passed through the Caribbean and up the coast of the U.S. the BWM was in contact with global partners and local […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, September 25, 2016

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost A Cry For Mercy Just a few verses prior to today’s Gospel, we read that some Pharisees had “sneered at Jesus.” In reply Jesus said, “You are the ones who justify your-selves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.” […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, September 18, 2016

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost “Uncle” Marty “Uncle” Marty was a friend of our family’s, and perhaps the only truly wealthy person I’ve ever known. He made his first fortune through a series of lucrative real-estate deals; later, he inherited several large pieces of farmland, two of which were developed into shopping malls. At the height […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, September 11, 2016

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Lost In these two parables, Jesus is trying to point out why he travels, eats, and worships with sinners. We have all lost things: sometimes just briefly, when you forget where you put your keys down; other times for a long time—always in a safe place, you think. A while ago, […]

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Moravian Magazine, August 2016

In this issue: Eastern and Canadian District Synods, speech therapy at Star Mountain, an update from Sierra Leone, and more!

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Weekly Moravian Message, Sept. 4, 2016

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Total Commitment There is a fable told about a pig and a chicken. As they walk down the road, the chicken says, “Hey Pig, I was thinking we should open a restaurant!” Pig replies, “Hm, maybe. What we should call it?” Chicken responds, ‘How about ‘Bacon-n-Eggs’?” Pig thinks for a moment […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, August 28, 2016

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Welcome to the Table Unassuming. Still. Alone. He stood there. Not wanting to be scary, hoping to be noticed, he waited for his alms. We piled out of the car, intent on our post-church mission. One errand stood between the church service and our lunch at home. We zoomed past his […]

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Giving thanks for five years of speech therapy efforts at Star Mountain

Five years ago, Star Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Palestine, an undertaking of the worldwide Moravian Church under the European Province, identified a need for speech therapy services in addition to its work helping mentally challenged children near Ramallah on the West Bank. Today, those services are available and thriving thanks to their connections to Moravians in the U.S. and Canada. Ghada Naser, director of Star Mountain, shares the story of how this much needed outreach came to be.

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Taking up the task that’s given at 2016 Eastern District Synod

With a memorable line from a favorite hymn as their theme–“To us, to us, this task is given”–136 Eastern District Moravians made their 2016 Synod one like no other. While most Moravian Synods focus on learning about the church’s activities and helping to plan for the future (this Synod did those things as well), the […]

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Canadian Moravians show they themselves “are the letters”

On a beautiful weekend in May, delegates from Canadian District congregations and guests from across the Northern Province came together at Camp Van-Es for the 2016 Canadian District Synod.

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Studying Moravian Doctrine: The Ground of the Unity, Part V

Discussing the Ground of the Unity’s “Continual Search for Sound Doctrine” and “Divine Mystery” sections.

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An update from Sierra Leone

Donna Hurt, a member of Home Church and someone with close ties to the Moravian work supported by North American Moravians in Sierra Leone, offered this update on the work in this African country. With the passing of the ebola tragedy in Sierra Leone, I was able to take my fourth trip to that small West […]

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Thoughts from the “Mission Mob”

As part of the mission component of the Eastern District 2016 Synod, 17 youth from around the District joined Synod delegates on their experiences in their communities. Responding to Facebook invitations and flyers in their congregations, these young people appeared as a “Mission Mob” on the Thursday morning of Synod to be a part of the gathering’s outreach.

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Provincial Elders’ Conference News August 2016

Prayer Day for Christian Education, September 11, 2016 The second Sunday in September is designated as a day of prayer for Christian education. The nurture of Christians of all ages in their faith is the responsibility of each congregation. Pray for your congregation’s Christian education program and for the personal growth in faith of each […]

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Obituary: The Rev. Gordon B. Mowrer

Brother Gordon B. Mowrer died at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, July 19, 2016, at age 80. Born February 9, 1936 in Bethlehem, he was the son of Clifton and Margaret (Brown) Mowrer. Brother Mowrer graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa. in 1959 and received a Masters Degree in Education from Lehigh University, in Bethlehem in 1965. He […]

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Moravian Magazine, July 2016

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