Author Archives: Mike Riess

Weekly Moravian Message, June 19, 2016

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost June 19, 2016 Those Poor Pigs When discussing the story of Jesus driving demons out of the man and into the herd of pigs, people often feel bad for the pigs. What had those innocent creatures done to deserve their treatment? Some scholars believe Jesus chose this particular course of action […]

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Weekly Moravian Message June 12, 2016

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost June 12, 2016 A Time for Extravagance It is a simple story, appearing in all four Gospels with some variations. However, certain aspects are consistent: Jesus was dining as the guest of honor. The door was open so people could mill around. The guests were reclining, as was the fashion for […]

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Common Ground: Engaging neighbours in their faith

As the culture in North America changes, so too does the way our neighbours engage in their faith. The Common Ground Community Café, co-founded by the Revs. Ian and Eileen Edwards, with support from the Moravian Church Northern Province, was developed as a creative response to a cultural desire for spiritual conversation and community in […]

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Van-Es celebrates 75 years of Canadian camping

In 1941, Moravians gathered on a wilderness site east of Edmonton for their very first time. That site would soon be named Van-Es, taking its letters from the Unitas Fratrum’s Latin motto “Vicit Agnus Noster Eum Sequamur” – a name that reminds all who gather together on the land that Our Lamb Has Conquered! Fast […]

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Unionville Moravian draws community in to celebrate quiltmakers’ work

Members of Unionville Moravian Church in Unionville, Mich. discovered that a quilt show was a wonderful way to draw in a community and honor the women who made them. Organizers chose the theme “A Celebration of Quilts and Their Makers” to commemorate the wonderful group of quilters from Unionville Moravian who had a long tradition […]

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Mid-states Camping offers faith and fun

The camping ministry in the Mid-states—for Moravian congregations in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois—is unique from all the other Moravian camps in that each one is held at a different location. The goal of MSYMC is to ensure that the youth and young adults of the Mid-States Moravian churches (which include Ohio, lower Michigan, Indiana, […]

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There is only one Laurel Ridge Experience

Laurel Ridge, the Moravian camp for the Southern Province, is a mountain place set apart for forming disciples of Jesus Christ who live and learn in community to serve in the world. And for many who have ever been on the mountain, there is only one Laurel Ridge Experience! Laurel Ridge offers campers a chance […]

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“We Make Memories” at Hope Center

Hope Conference & Renewal Center, an outdoor ministry of the Eastern District, is preparing for a summer season filled with meeting new friends, enjoying campfires, swimming, boating, worshipping by the lake or on the hill and celebrating the 70th anniversary of “Camp Hope.” Overlooking Little Silver Lake in Hope, New Jersey, Hope Conference Center offers […]

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“Camp Hope” celebrates its 70th anniversary (and a brief history of Moravian camping)

  Hope Conference & Renewal Center, formerly known as “Camp Hope,” is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its 1946 purchase this year. The 1940s, when the camp property was purchased, was a significant period of ministry for the Moravian Church, as youth and young adults discovered camps, conferences and outdoor ministry. Although programs for youth […]

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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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