Author Archives: Mike Riess

Studying Moravian Doctrine: Ground of the Unity Part III

Editor’s Note: Following the outline established by the 2005 Jesus Still Lead On study guide, we are sharing different aspects of The Ground of the Unity, one of the worldwide Moravian Church’s key doctrinal statement, in each 2016 issue of The Moravian. This month, we’ll discuss A Church of Sinners and Personal Belief. Both the […]

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Eastern District Synod to focus on mission in our neighborhoods [UPDATED]

Every four years, delegates from Eastern District Moravian congregations meet in Bethlehem for several days of meetings, discussion, legislation and fellowship. For its 2016 Synod, to be held June 22-25 at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., the Eastern District is adding a new component: mission.

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Western, Canadian Districts elect new leadership at 2016 Synods

At this spring’s 2016 Synods of the Moravian Church Northern Province Western District and Canadian District, delegates elected leaders to guide their Districts through the next four years.

At this spring’s 2016 Synods of the Moravian Church Northern Province Western District and Canadian District, delegates elected leaders to guide their Districts through the next four years.

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CrossWalk continues solemn yet joyful tradition

Forty-two years ago, several weeks before Holy Week, Trinity’s young associate Pastor, Phil Bauguess, sat down on the floor with the youth fellowship. “Hey gang! I have an idea!” (This was not always a good thing.) He continued. “We’re gonna build a 200 lb. cross and carry it through downtown Winston-Salem to Old Salem.” Honestly, […]

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Ponderings: Another one of those “Daily Texts moments”

It may just be the time of year—the IBOC is busy working on the 2017 Moravian Daily Texts—but I recently had another one of those powerful “Daily Texts” moments that knocked me for a loop. As I’ve written before, I see the Daily Texts every morning on my phone – it’s how I start my […]

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Moravian Magazine, June 2016

In this issue: Moravian Camping Ministries, a Solemn CrossWalk, Common Ground in Edmonton, Deed Day and more!

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Deed Day offers rare look at the beginnings of Bethlehem

On a rainy Saturday in April, more than 800 people visited the Northern Province Moravian Archives in Bethlehem to get a glimpse at how the Moravian community in Pennsylvania came into being. For “Deed Day”—on April 2, 2016—archivists put the original deed for the land purchased for the Moravian settlement on display for one day […]

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District Developments, June 2016

The Newsletter of The Eastern District Moravian Church David E. Bennett, President The Divine Whispers of Leftovers! It all started with too much food! The Lebanon congregation had planned a special “Take a Friend to Church Sunday,” which included a nice luncheon following the service. Certainly being the amazing hosts they are, the congregation worked […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, May 29, 2016

Second Sunday after Pentecost May 29, 2016 The Power of the Word For years we have being reading God’s Word. We have learned about God’s promises and witnessed them fulfilled in the lives and com-munities of the past and present. Yet are we in all circumstances willing to trust in the “Word” that goes forth […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, May 22, 2016

Trinity Sunday May 22, 2016 The Trinity–Why It Matters Throughout the year we have opportunities to ponder the wonders of creation and be in awe of the Father who created all that exists. At Christmas and Easter we rejoice in the coming of the Son of God and in all that Christ has done for […]

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United Methodist Church approves full communion with North American Moravian provinces

The 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) approved a relationship of full communion with the Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church in North America. The full communion agreement, which still requires approval of the Moravian Provinces at their respective 2018 Synods, recognizes each other’s ministries and encourages witness and mission […]

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District Developments, May 2016

“We agreed to sponsor ‘a’ family Who arrived as ‘the’ family And is now ‘our’ family.” A message from our president, the Rev. David Bennett These words describe the “journey of the heart” for members of Central Moravian Church who have joined with four other local faith communities in resettling a Syrian refugee family. Inspired […]

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Western District News & Notes, May 2016

FROM OUR DISTRICT PRESIDENT “Thank You” Thank you. Though a short sentence, thank you is powerful, descriptive, and complete. Thank you for the gift to serve as Western District President and Provincial Elder these past 10 years. We can look forward to wonderful leadership from our newly forming District Board. Together, let’s hold them in […]

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Canadian District elects new leadership at 2016 Synod

At the 2016 Synod of the Canadian District of the Northern Province of the Moravian Church in North America, delegates elected leaders for the upcoming four-year intersynodal period. The 2016 Synod was held at Camp Van-Es near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada May 13-15. Greg Weir, a member of Good Shepherd Church in Calgary, was elected president of […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, May 15, 2016

Pentecost Sunday May 15, 2016 Never Alone “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. . . . You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you” (John 14:16, 17b). Pentecost Sunday is usually filled with pageantry. Flaming red paraments, rousing […]

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Moravian Church, Presbyterian Church U.S.A to celebrate Covenant/Full Communion Agreement

A national service of worship to celebrate the Covenant/Full Communion Agreement between the Moravian Church, Northern and Southern Provinces and the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (PCUSA) will be held at 3 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wis. Presiding at the service will be the Rev. Bruce Nelson, […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, May 8, 2016

Ascension Sunday May 8, 2016 Learning in the Family I finally did it. I repeated those words I never thought I would say to my children: “How does it feel to want?” When I was a child, I despised that question. Whenever I asked for something frivolous or unnecessary, that was the response. And to […]

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Moravian Disaster Response: Wildfire in Ft. McMurray, Alberta

From the Board of World Mission of the Moravian Church in North America Please share this information broadly and with individuals in congregations The city of Fort McMurray in Northern Alberta evacuated up to 80,000 people yesterday afternoon and evening as a result of a wild fire that engulfed areas of the city.  The situation is very much […]

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Moravian Magazine, April/May 2016

On the cover: Springtime sun warms the Moravian Seal on the Church Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Photo by Mike Riess

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Western District Moravians share what it means to be Moravian

At the 2016 Synod of the Moravian Church Western District, a group of Moravians shared their view on what it means to be Moravian. Moravian Church Without Walls encourages you to make your own video about belonging to the Moravian Church.  For more information, visit www.mcwithoutwalls.org #IAmMoravian Intro from WD Synod 2016 from IBOC • […]

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Food, friends and fellowship mark Moravian Theological Seminary Annual Alumni Luncheon

The annual Alumni Luncheon is a time for Moravian Theological Seminary alumni to walk the campus, gather together as friends and former classmates over a meal and continue to be a part of the Seminary. At this year’s luncheon in March, Rev. Maggie Wellert ’99, ’00, and current president of the Alumni Association, presided over […]

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#MoravianServies: Sharing the many faces of Moravian service

On March 1 of this year, a new kind of personal photo began appearing on social media channels like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. While these new types of photos won’t replace the “selfie” any time soon, they do show a very positive face of the Moravian Church around the world. These new photos, called “Moravian […]

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Western District elects new leadership at 2016 Synod

At the 2016 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province Western District, more than 90 delegates cast their votes for leaders to guide the District through the next four years. The WDEB is comprised of both lay and ordained members and led by the district president. It has a supervisory responsibility for the congregations and […]

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I am my sister’s keeper: a report from the Fourth Unity Women’s Consultation

When I first arrived home from the Fourth Unity Women’s Consultation in February, my mind and heart were so full of memories and experiences that I had trouble sorting them out. Now I can see clearly how much we accomplished in just one short week. The time seemed to fly by once the women arrived, […]

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Studying Moravian Doctrine: Ground of the Unity, Part II

Editor’s Note: Following the outline established by the 2005 Jesus Still Lead On study guide, we are sharing different aspects of The Ground of the Unity, one of the worldwide Moravian Church’s key doctrinal statement, in each 2016 issue of The Moravian. This month, we’ll discuss The Belief of the Church; Salvation; and Word, Sacrament […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

Outdoor Ministries Sunday, May 29, 2016 The 1994 Synod of the Moravian Church–Northern Province passed legislation regarding the observance of an Outdoor Ministries Sunday. The date for this observance has been established by the Provincial Elders’ Conference as the Sunday after Trinity Sunday, which falls on May 29 this year. Pastors are encouraged to use […]

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Catching up on The Moravian

Ten times a year for the past six years, I’ve okayed the printing of more than 17,000 copies of The Moravian magazine. The magazine represents one of the most visible example of the work that the Interprovincial Board of Communication does, and it’s a part of my job that I like (and lose sleep over) […]

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Moravian College offers grant for congregation members

As America’s sixth-oldest college, Moravian College (MC) has been a little revolutionary from the start. The College has been pushing boundaries in small ways that have big (lasting) impacts since 1742. That’s when a 16-year-old Moravian girl Benigna founded the nation’s first school to educate women. Almost 275 years later, Moravian College gives 1,850 undergraduates […]

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Embraced By Resurrection: Preparing for Western District Synod 2016

NOTE: For information on the 2016 Western District Synod, visit the Synod website: www.2016wdsynod.org It is quite amazing to witness Jesus’ hands at work. Where have you seen his hands at work, of late? Addressing that question is the core work of synod. I continue to be captured by Scripture texts that refer to times […]

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Studying Moravian Doctrine Roundup

During 2015 and 2016, The Moravian Magazine highlighted two key pieces of Moravian doctrine — The Covenant for Christian Living and The Ground of the Unity — based on the 2005 study guide, Jesus Still Lead On.  Each issue provided shared several elements of each document, along with commentary and questions for further study.

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