Author Archives: Susan Kiefner

Weekly Moravian Message: June 17, 2018

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Just Small Seeds The prison has a sidewalk that comes to the prison chapel front door, with an area on each side of the sidewalk for bushes and flowers. Some years those areas have looked nice; some years they haven’t. One day Andy, an inmate at the prison, stopped by the […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: June 10, 2018

Third Sunday after Pentecost A House Divided Have you ever started telling a story, and then, after starting, you inserted another story? This is a device Mark uses often. In today’s story we find Jesus being begged by his family to come home, withdraw from his mission.  They are frightened by what is being said […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: June 3, 2018

Second Sunday after Pentecost Practicing Sabbath In 1961, the North Carolina General Assembly passed “An Act to Prohibit Certain Business Activities on Sunday,” which restricted the sale and the buying of certain items (clothing, household items, clocks, luggage, office supplies, etc.) on Sunday. Anyone violating these “blue laws” was subject to a hefty fine or […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: May 27, 2018

Trinity Sunday Born of Water and Spirit It is convenient to buy an item in a grocery store in which the directions are “mix with water.” Everything that is needed is in the box—except for the water. Eating or drinking the product without water is not recommended and is not appetizing. But when mixed with […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: May 20, 2018

Pentecost Living into the Truth We usually think of “truth” in terms of how closely a statement accords with the facts, but there are other definitions of the word. While constructing shelving for a craft room, I discovered our home was not “true.” Walls did not meet squarely with each other, and the bubble in […]

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Western District News & Notes: May 2018

The newsletter of the Moravian Church, Western District by Western District President, Bruce Nelson. Bruces Babblings I find it hard to believe that it is already May and that we are already one third of the way through the calendar year. Time marches on. May is often a time of college graduations, being able to […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: May 13, 2018

Seventh Sunday of Easter Circles of Nurture Mother’s Day is and has been many different things in the lives of families through the years. Our growing awareness of the variety of family dynamics and the many different mothering roles, both within families and beyond them, may be calling us to return to some of the […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: May 6, 2018

Sixth Sunday of Easter “Abide in My Love” Life in Christ is the wellspring of the joy of living, regardless of what we encounter in life. That is why Jesus’ request, “Abide in my love,” is so important for us. In the context of those words, Jesus was fully aware that his followers, beginning with […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: April 29, 2018

Fifth Sunday of Easter Abiding in Jesus The only time I use the word “abide” is in my relationship with Jesus. I don’t talk about abiding with my spouse or children, my mother or father, my sisters or brothers. I don’t use “abide” when I talk about my friends, even when I talk about church. […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: April 22, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Easter A Gift There are many different slogans, catch phrases, and songs that, once someone starts them, we can finish them. “My bologna has a first name—it’s —”; “There are some things that money can’t buy; for everything else there’s —”; “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.” Imagine […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: April 15, 2018

Third Sunday of Easter Christ the Wounded One “As I was growing up, it seemed to me that Jesus’ feet never touched the ground,” a friend said to me. That’s the Jesus many of us imagine. That is not the Jesus of Easter. “Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I […]

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Western District News & Notes: April 2018

The Newsletter of the Moravian Church, Western District by Rev. Bruce Nelson, President Bruce’s Babblings Easter Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ: I write to you today shortly after many of us celebrated the Easter holiday. Some of us celebrated amidst snow or very cold temperatures and others enjoyed somewhat balmy temperatures as we proclaimed, […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: April 8, 2018

Second Sunday of Easter The Breath of Life I know that this text is about Thomas and his serious doubts about whether Jesus is alive. But it is also about the way God provides help for us in our fear and doubting. This passage always stops me in my tracks when I hear Jesus say, […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: April 1, 2018

Resurrection of Our Lord Be Ready Early in the morning, when it’s the kind of quiet that invites reflection, the women arrived at the tomb. They carried questions about how they would move the stone and do the work that they needed to do. They were prepared. However, when they arrived at the tomb, the […]

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District Developments: April 2018

The Newsletter of the Eastern District Moravian Church: April 2018, David E. Bennett, President Sacred Stories- The Gift of Holy Week Readings There is something about the Holy Week readings that pace my life for this sacred season. Holding that small book in my hand and following along on the stories of Jesus’ journey toward cross and […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday Sadness While visiting Duluth, Minnesota, last year, I had to take the city bus to get to my destination downtown. I encountered all kinds of people while waiting at the bus stop in this poor, working-class neighbor-hood. . . . One man with a learning disability told me which bus I needed to […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: March 18, 2018

Fifth Sunday in Lent Surprise “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies” S O W When the good seed falls on the earth, the soil surrounds the wheat seed faith. The water softens the hard hull covering the love inside. The sun warms the good seed with real hope. God gives […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

Prayer Day for Moravian Unity Work
 — March 4, 2018 The first Sunday in March is designated as a day of prayer for the special causes which are supported by all provinces of our Moravian Unity. This year the Unity Offering will benefit purchase of a piece of land for a church office, the first […]

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Obituary: Sister Ruth Behrend

Sister Ruth L. (Knutson) Behrend died at Watertown, Wisconsin, January 21, 2018, at age 88. She was born January 26, 1929 at Northfield, Minn., a daughter of Clarence and Lillie (Nelson) Knutson. Sister Behrend was united in marriage to Brother Wilbur W. Behrend on June 9, 1950, at Northfield, Minnesota. She served alongside her husband […]

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Board of World Mission seeks Director of Mission Engagement

The Board of World Mission of the Moravian Church in North America is seeking a new Director of Mission Engagement (DME). The DME is the lead staff member for efforts to engage constituent members, congregations and communities in the ongoing work of the BWM. The DME is responsible for building relationships, creating resources and initiating […]

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Messages for Palm Sunday

Each week, Moravians across the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean share a common message through their Sunday bulletins. This month, we share writings based on Mark 11:1-11. This Bible text is for “Palm Sunday” in Lectionary Cycle B of the Revised Common Lectionary used by the Moravian Church. Sadness by John Wallace, pastor, First Moravian […]

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Moravian Church consecrates first Cuban bishop

In January, the Unitas Fratrum consecrated its first bishop from the growing ministry in Cuba. Armando Rogelio Rusindo, the 365th bishop of the Moravian Unity (the 303rd in the Renewed Moravian Church, and the first in the Moravian Church in Cuba) was consecrated in Havana, Cuba on Saturday, January 20, 2018. The consecrating bishops were the Rt. Rev. Stanley Clarke (Jamaica), The Rt. […]

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Campaign helps Unity Women’s Desk do more

The Unity Women’s Desk is a ministry of the worldwide Moravian Church whose purpose is to positively impact the lives of women and girls by coordinating the spiritual, financial, educational and material resources that exist throughout the Moravian Unity. The vision of the Unity Women’s Desk is to bring about global change for Moravian women […]

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Southern Province prepares to “Live the Essentials with Courage for the Future”

In mid-April, Moravians from across the Southern Province will meet on a mountaintop in western North Carolina to discern and make decisions about the future of their church. The 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Southern Province will be held April 19-22 at Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, N.C. For the Moravian Church Southern […]

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Create in Me: Exploring “By Galilee”

As part of our Create in Me series, we share a hymn from Sing to the Lord a New Song A New Moravian Songbook written by Lahoma Gray. Her son, Sam Gray, shares the story behind the song, while the Rev. Brian Dixon of Lake Auburn Moravian Church offers ideas on how to use it […]

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Create in Me: Embodying poetry in a prose world

Our “Create in Me” series offers space for conversation about the ways people are shaping worship through writing songs and liturgies, using poetry and visual arts, and simply creating experiences in worship that encourage deepening faith. Through articles, hymns and their backstories, and ideas for using worship resources in new ways, we are exploring, celebrating […]

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Cuban Camping Ministry continues to grow

In 2014, the first United States Mission Team of youth and young adults from throughout the Northern Province traveled to Cuba to participate in the Cuban Youth and Young Adult Camping Ministry. The team served under the leadership of the Rev. Cynthia Rader Geyer, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Eastern District. The camp […]

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13th Moravian Women’s Conference set for June 20 – 23, 2019

June 2019 marks the 13th Moravian Women’s Conference and the 48th year since the first conference. Certainly, conferences are a tradition, but, more importantly, they are a movement! Sisters form vibrant relationships that connect them and ministries across churches, provinces and the world. Sisters are inspired as individuals to know and to live God’s plan […]

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District Developments: March 2018

The Newsletter of the Eastern District Moravian Church March 2018, David E. Bennett, President “Wounded Healers” Our church sanctuaries are generally considered holy ground. Some of life’s most precious moments take place within these sacred spaces – children are baptized, wedding ceremonies seal love between two people, lives that have been lost are remembered and […]

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WD News & Notes March 2018

The Newsletter of the Moravian Church, Western District, March 2018 Bruce’s Babblings Brothers and Sisters in Christ: The calendar says March, which means several things. It means that we must be in the season of Lent because even though the season of Lent moves around a little bit; a part of it, if not all […]

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