Author Archives: Mike Riess

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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WD News and Notes, March 2016

The Newsletter of the Moravian Church • The Rev. James Hicks, President From Our District President Greetings and peace to you! We have been “Embraced by Resurrection!” For delegates and agency members attending our upcoming Western District Synod on April 28th – May 1st at Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center, thank you for registering! […]

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District Developments, April 2016

The Newsletter of the Eastern District  Moravian Church April 2016 • David E. Bennett, President Sharon Gives Back With 5K Run & Walk It was certainly a sad loss to the community, but undoubtedly a grave tragedy for the Brown family. One can only imagine the anguish they felt as the realization that their family business, Brown’s Heating […]

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Foundation celebrates 60 years of preserving and sharing Moravian Music

Over 600 years ago, Jan Hus began implementing his reforms in the Catholic churches of Moravia and Bohemia. One of his initiatives was to encourage the congregational singing of hymns in the native Czech language. Moravians continue to value the ability to express their love of Christ, faith in God and care for each other […]

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Moravian Magazine, March 2016

On the cover: Moravian Music, past and present. Photo by Mike Riess

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A visit to the heart of the Moravian Church in Nepal

  In December, a group of North American Moravians travelled to Nepal to serve and learn. Brian Stangret and Gwyn Michel offer their thoughts on the trip. Brian: On the first day of Christmas—and after more than a year of planning with Pastor Trina Holmberg and the Board of World Mission—ten of us from congregations […]

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Cutting and sewing to make a difference for girls in Kenya

“We can do this!” I was excited to get our Women’s Fellowship at Shepherd of the Prairie Church in Fargo, N.D. involved in helping others. Listening to a presenter from a non-profit group helping girls in Kenya, I realized this was our chance. As we listened a little more, Maureen Hahn said, “I’ll bring my […]

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‘Tis a Pleasant Thing to See: Fostering Respectful Conversation about Homosexuality in the Church: An Update

An Update from the Steering Committee for Resolution 12 from the Southern Province Synod of 2014 In the summer of 2014, the Southern Province Provincial Elder’s Conference appointed a steering committee to fulfill the mandate of Synod Resolution #12, “Study and Discernment Regarding Homosexuality.” One of the legislation’s key resolved statements was “to provide leadership, […]

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2016 Canadian District Synod to reflect on the call of the Spirit

There is a sacred call to creativity, witness and love for the world at the heart of who we are as followers of Jesus.  How do we speak and live this call? May 12-15, 2016, representatives from the churches and ministries of the Canadian District will gather for District Synod at Van-Es Camp and Conference […]

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Studying Moravian Doctrine: Ground of the Unity, Part I

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 introductory paragraphs of Ground of the Unity. In […]

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An Introductory Letter from The Northern Province IPO Task Force

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Northern Province, Because you’re reading this letter in this magazine, we’ll presume that you have affection and appreciation for the Moravian Church. We’ll also presume you want to thrive in your faith, and you want the Moravian Church to thrive in carrying out Christ’s mission as it has been […]

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One Way? Commentary from the Rev. Darryl Bell

It is becoming more and more awkward and difficult for Christians to assert that the only way to God is through Jesus Christ. There are so many other viewpoints. Has that teaching become obsolete or unacceptable in our current culture? Should we push it to the back burner and ignore it? Is it too distasteful […]

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Weekly Moravian Message – Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Lord Is Risen Today! As we gather to celebrate Easter today, we already know the exciting story of Christ’s resurrection: of the women who loved him and wanted to honor him going to the tomb at sunrise on the first day of the week; of an earthquake and an angel descending from heaven to […]

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