Author Archives: Susan Kiefner

Christmas from Carolina to the Caribbean

Every year the New Philly Kids (our K-5th grade youth group at New Philadelphia Moravian in Winston-Salem, N.C.) participates in the Operation Christmas Child project. This year we wanted to more directly help our Moravian brothers and sisters who have been impacted by the hurricanes in the Caribbean. With the help of the Board of […]

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Book Review: Speaking to 
Body and Soul

Instructions for the Moravian 
Choir Helpers, 1785-1786 Edited and translated by Katherine M. Faull 2016, Penn State Press What’s missing? This is a big question our church has been engaged with as we seek to define our mission, structure our organization, reach out in mission and invigorate the laity. As we consider declining numbers and […]

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Comenius Learning Series lecture 
highlights leadership and contributions of early Moravian women

In November, more than 40 Moravians gathered at Calvary Moravian Church in Winston-Salem to hear Dr. Katherine Faull of Bucknell University share her insights into women’s leadership roles in the 18th century Moravian Church. Dr. Faull’s lecture, entitled “Leading the Way: Women in the Moravian Church Through the Centuries” is part of the Board of […]

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Ponderings: “Morning Star, on my front porch…”*

On many Moravian (and non-Moravian) front porches and foyers this time of year, Advent Stars—or what we call “Moravian Stars”—are on display. While they make lovely decorations, they also remind us that the joy of Christmas is coming. The Advent after I joined the IBOC, our family received a white Herrnhuter star as a gift. […]

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Confessing Our Unity in Christ: 1957 and Ground of the Unity

Studying the historical and theological background to The Ground of the Unity As part of our ongoing series to share information about key Moravian theology and doctrine, we will be excerpting the Rev. Dr. C. Daniel Crews’ study, Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Historical and Theological Background to The Ground of the Unity. Originally written in 2000 […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

NORTHERN PROVINCE   Nazareth, Pennsylvania Brother Garritt Fleming, who has been serving the Freedom Moravian Church, Appleton, Wis., and Sister Sanette Fleming have accepted the call to serve as pastors in team ministry for Schoeneck Moravian Church, Nazareth, Pa.. Brother and Sister Fleming will be installed January 21, 2018. Specialized Ministry Sister Jennifer Moran, who […]

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District Developments: December

The Newsletter of The Eastern District Moravian Church, December 2017, David E. Bennett, President To Us, To Us…This Task is Given These words currently resonate in a very real and urgent way with Iglesia Esperanza for Bethlehem, an emerging ministry serving the south side of Bethlehem, PA. Following the hurricanes that tore their way through the Caribbean this fall, […]

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WD News & Notes, December 2017

Bruce’s Babblings Brothers and Sisters in Christ: We find ourselves near the end of another year. Soon enough we will be turning the calendars over to 2018 and soon enough we will be thinking of all that is coming our way in a new year. But before you get to the end of this calendar […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: December 17, 2017

Third Sunday of Advent Abiding Peace The candle of unconditional love continues to burn. While its candle is diminished and appears smaller, perhaps weaker, its flame remains pure and profound. The candle of unceasing hope challenges us to commit ourselves to hope for ourselves, our neighbors, our enemies, and the Creation. We light next the […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: December 10, 2017

Second Sunday of Advent Unceasing Hope With the candle of unconditional love shining brightly, the candle of hope stands next in line. Our hope ebbs and flows. It is as seasonal and temperamental as Advent stars, beeswax candles, and putz displays. In this season, we hope for a lot of things. We hope for victory […]

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Weekly Moravian Message: December 3, 2017

First Sunday of Advent Unconditional Love I believe that stories dwell in their adjectives. I would like to add adjectives to the four horsemen of Advent: love, hope, joy, peace. In and of themselves, those four concepts are crucial to our experience of God and our witness to the world. Concepts can be like cars […]

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My crystal ball shows the beauty of the present

Last year, I bought a crystal ball—not to foretell the future or delve into mystical realms. No, this was a tool for creating unique photos. By holding a crystal ball in front of your camera lens and focusing on the image appearing inside it, you see an upside down, curved, wraparound view. Blur the background […]

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Board of World Mission takes on hurricane relief

Harvey, Irma and Maria. For several weeks it seemed like these were the only names you would hear on the news as one hurricane followed closely on the heels of another. The Board of World Mission (BWM), through Moravian Disaster Response has worked with numerous partners to try our best to put the generous gifts […]

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Laurel Ridge looks back on season of love

As the autumn winds begin to chill the mountains of western North Carolina, the staff at Laurel Ridge Camp, Conference and Retreat Center is looking back on a wonderful summer of sharing faith and love with young Moravians. “Our theme of ‘Love’ for 2017 came from Colossians 3:14: ‘Beyond all these things, put on love, […]

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On writing a “new” memorial hymn

In making plans for the memorial service for my uncle, the Rev. Christian D. “Chris” Weber (see obituary, page 29), I was looking for hymn texts related to the Holy Spirit. The person and work of the Holy Spirit was an important influence and interest in my uncle’s life and ministry, so I wanted some […]

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Obituary: The Rev. 
Christian D. Weber

The Rev. Christian D. Weber passed into the more immediate presence of the Savior, Sunday, October 29, at Salemtowne, the Moravian Retirement Community. He was 90 years old. Brother Weber was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on May 13, 1927, the son of the Rev. Christian Otto Weber and Dorothy Pfohl Weber. His father and two brothers […]

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Home Church youth learn community gardening with gourds

This summer, youth at Home Moravian Church tended a unique patch of ground in a community garden in Winston-Salem to help raise funds for mission activities. Their gourd trellis grew several different types of gourds in a compact space and helped teach gardening, community service and a love of creation. Reesa Devers, an eighth-grader from […]

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Confessing Our Unity in Christ:

Studying the historical and theological background to 
The Ground of the Unity As part of our ongoing series to share information about key Moravian theology and doctrine, we will be excerpting the Rev. Dr. C. Daniel Crews’ study, Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Historical and Theological Background to The Ground of the Unity. Originally written in 2000 […]

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Blessed to Be a Blessing: Gifts of Change

This holiday season, would you consider taking part in the growing holiday tradition of giving gifts to those in need? 
 Download the 2017 Gifts of Change for more information. Gifts of Change is a representative giving program sponsored by the Moravian Board of World Mission (BWM )that allows us to walk with our global […]

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Justin Rabbach named BWM Executive Director

The Board of World Mission of the Moravian Church North America is pleased to announce that Justin Rabbach has been named the Board’s new executive director. He replaces the Rev. Judy Ganz, who is retiring at the end of 2017. Justin currently serves as the director of Mission Engagement, a position he has held since […]

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Provincial Elders’ News

NORTHERN PROVINCE Prayer Day for Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary 
November 26, 2017 On Sunday, November 26, congregations of the Northern Province are asked to remember in prayer all who share in the important work of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. Let us pray for the administration, the faculty, and the students. Watertown, […]

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Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Studying the historical and theological background to 
The Ground of the Unity

As part of our ongoing series to share information about key Moravian theology and doctrine, we will be excerpting the Rev. Dr. C. Daniel Crews’ study, Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Historical and Theological Background to The Ground of the Unity. Originally written in 2000 and updated twice, this study looks at the theological and historical underpinnings […]

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Ponderings: Hear them as a message to us…

In my role managing the production of the North American version of the Daily Texts, I am always looking for ways to best describe how to approach and use this book. So when I hear someone discussing the Daily Texts and what it means to them—or better yet, a way to approach bringing the texts […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

Prayer Watch The Moravian Church has experienced spiritual renewal and strength through a covenant of prayer. In 1727, the church in Herrnhut, Germany, covenanted for an “Hourly Intercession” which continued for one hundred years with a great blessing to the entire Moravian Church. The Unity Prayer Watch established in 1957 (the quincentenary of the Unitas […]

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Bulletin writings bring a new Moravian inspiration every week

Each week, Moravians across the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean share a common message through their Sunday bulletins. The messages are based on the lectionary text for each Sunday. Brother Hermann Weinlick, retired Moravian pastor and former director of the Interprovincial Board of Communication (that distributes the bulletins), continues to manage the process of collecting […]

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Handmade carts make Lovefeasts easier

We had a problem. How do we put on two Christmas Eve Lovefeast services, without the physical ability to do so? For years Macedonia Moravian has had two Christmas Eve Lovefeast services, but last year the church thought we’d need to go to one service—not because of lack of numbers, and not because of lack […]

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Starting the day with coffee, a journal and the Daily Texts

  Every morning I honor three familiar Moravian traditions: Reading the Moravian Daily Texts, writing in my personal journal and drinking coffee. I love that these traditions, devotional study, personal reflection on God’s activity and fellowship with a favorite beverage, have been part of our community for generations. Each one offers a steadfast reminder of […]

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Spiritual Companioning: 
Finding strength and a 
deeper relationship with God

Over the past several years, small groups at six Northern Province congregations have been focused on spiritual listening – noticing God at work in people’s lives, sharing their thoughts and listening with their hearts. These new “Spiritual Companioning” groups grew out of a 2014 Northern Province Synod resolution directing a Spiritual Formation Task Force to […]

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Building bridges to overcome hate

It could have been a bright Sunday afternoon at any Moravian Church around the world. Young and old were streaming into the educational building. Men in comfortable clothes. Women in brightly colored attire. Nearly 60 in all. Smiling and chatting. However, this Sunday afternoon they were arriving at a mosque, the Annoor Islamic Center in […]

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Mission Meals: A cook-at-home way to support mission grants

Services that send consumers all the ingredients necessary to create a meal and instructions on how to cook it represent a growing trend in home cooking. The Board of World Mission is trying its own version of this “make it at home” idea called “Mission Meals” as a fundraiser for its mission grant program. In […]

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