Author Archives: Mike Riess

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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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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Lehigh Valley Clergy host special service to “welcome the stranger”

On Sunday, February 26, the Moravian Clergy of the Lehigh Valley welcomed over 300 people to Johnston Hall at Moravian College, just steps from where the Comenius statue stands. We called the event “Join We ALL: Welcoming Refugees and Immigrants as Neighbors and Friends.” Our neighbors and friends came from all walks of life, some recent refugees from Syria and other war-torn places, helped by religious communities in the Valley; others from Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities throughout our area.

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Moravian Magazine, May 2017

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Moravian Magazine, April 2017

In this issue: The Board of World Mission Annual Report, plus the Moravian Music Festival, a rural experience, Unity Women and more!

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Introducing Living Branches: Moravians Growing in Faith, Love & Hope

The Moravian Church in America has a brand new resource for teaching our Moravian heritage! This new curriculum, called Living Branches: Moravians Growing in Faith, Love & Hope, is a flexible 13-week Sunday School program focused on sharing the story of our Moravian heritage from John Hus to the present day. It includes lower elementary, […]

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Moravian Magazine, March 2017

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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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