On Sunday, April 9, 2017 Veedum Moravian Church, in rural Pittsville, Wis. celebrated a century as a congregation.
On Sunday, February 26, the Moravian Clergy of the Lehigh Valley welcomed over 300 people to Johnston Hall at Moravian College, just steps from where the Comenius statue stands. We called the event “Join We ALL: Welcoming Refugees and Immigrants as Neighbors and Friends.” Our neighbors and friends came from all walks of life, some recent refugees from Syria and other war-torn places, helped by religious communities in the Valley; others from Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities throughout our area.
For a quarter century, a group of crafters has been piecing together cloth for a good cause. And in celebration of their 25th anniversary, this group is setting a challenge to create 100 quilts to help those in need!
Part of the program allows some students to participate in a work experience at Sunnyside Ministry. The program is open to students who live or attend high school in the Sunnyside Ministry service area. Elizabeth Thomas is one of the Class of 2017 scholarship recipients and a participant in the internship program. She shares her experience and thanks for the Sunnyside Ministry Scholarship program:
Every spring, the Moravian Seminary community—alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends—comes together to catch up, learn what’s happening at the Moravian College and Seminary and honor alumni.
At this year’s Moravian Theological Seminary Alumni Luncheon in Bethlehem, Pa., held in March, those gathered honored two Seminary graduates who have taken the values and experiences of the Seminary out into the world to make a difference in the lives of others.
Every summer, near the end of July, Moravians from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois gather to share one week as one community in the deep hills of Tar Hollow, one of Ohio’s State Parks. Here, campers from grades 7 through age 21 spend a week in nature experiencing good old-fashioned camping, which includes program, activities, campfires, swimming and everything else you can imagine a week of camp consists of.
There are very few places that can conjure up such emotion with a simple memory. You see, I am not only writing to you as the Chair of the Hope Conference Center Board of Management but also as a lifelong camper. Camp Hope made me the person I am today. As a kid, it was the only place where I could be myself. More importantly, it was a spiritual place that brought me closer to God. It’s this relationship that keeps bringing me back year after year. It’s what drew me to serve on the Board and, now, to serve as its Chair.
The days are getting longer and warmer on the mountain! It’s almost time for camp! The theme for our 2017 Camps is LOVE, based on Colossians 3:14, “Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” Laurel Ridge is a mountain place set apart for forming disciples of Jesus Christ who live and learn […]
Welcome to one of my favorite issues of the year. Each spring since 2011, I’ve had the honor and pleasure of helping to produce the Board of World Mission’s Annual Report. This 20-page publication highlights the extensive work being done around the world by Moravians dedicated to our church’s centuries-old call to mission. And each […]
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 […]
The Unity Women’s Desk began its Standing With Our Sisters capital campaign in the Southern Province in March, with a goal of raising $250,000.
Steeped in tradition, we Moravians often find that if they do something twice, they just keep doing it. Sometimes we don’t even remember why it is done. Could the tradition have even become outdated? Maybe such is the case for the tradition of the Salem Congregation’s Easter Morning “rounds” in certain areas of a community. […]
The 25th Moravian Music Festival, to be held in Winston-Salem, July 23 – 29, is where dedicated church musicians convene and conference to reaffirm their work and service to the Lord. The Festival is the opportunity to connect to the larger Church and the Worldwide Unity.
Northern Province Union, New Jersey Brother Michael Poole, Jr. has accepted an appointment to serve as part-time pastor for Battle Hill Moravian Church, Union, New Jersey. Brother Poole was installed April 2, 2017. York, Pennsylvania Brother John Fritts, who has been serving under call to Specialized Ministry at Marquardt Village, Watertown, Wisconsin, has accepted the […]
In this issue: The Board of World Mission Annual Report, plus the Moravian Music Festival, a rural experience, Unity Women and more!
While traveling for work remains a fun part of my job, being away from home and family on my birthday is something I typically try to avoid. I’m also a fan of quiet birthday celebrations. This year, my birthday fell the Saturday of the Southern Province’s 2017 Inter-Synodal Conference in Winston-Salem. I hoped I would […]
The Unity Women’s Desk (UWD) 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 UWD’s vision is to bring about global change for Moravian women around the world—women […]
Come & Worship, an emerging ministry in Winston-Salem, N.C., recently put together a team to serve on a mission trip to Peru. The team, which included The Rev. Brad Bennett and his wife Sue, Diane Ebert, Antoinette Brey, the Rt. Rev. Sam Gray and Sandra Dorr from Come & Worship and Emma LaBella from Christ […]
The Moravian Ministries Foundation helps Moravian individuals, churches and agencies grow and sustain the ministries that are central to our faith. We do this through investment management, gift planning and assisting with stewardship development and capital fundraising. Our GiftLegacy planned giving service works with individuals, couples and families who want to create plans for giving […]
Emerging ministries. Adaptive change in church structure and education. Resource sharing. Young adult and youth involvement. Focus on God’s Essentials. Bi-vocational ministry. Reintroducing Jesus to the disillusioned. At February’s 2017 Inter-Synodal Gathering, Southern Province Moravians generated and discussed more than two dozen topics in an effort to answer the question, “What will it take to […]
In January, when most people are taking down their Christmas decorations, Calvary Moravian Church in Winston-Salem just puts a curtain up to hide their Christmas Nativity Putz. It isn’t to cover it up until next year, like leaving up a Moravian star, and it isn’t because they are too lazy to take it down. It […]
For many years, the music that is written and sung as a part of the regular worship life of our congregations and communities has significantly reflected the Moravian Church’s witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the world. The practice of writing and collecting hymns is part of an ongoing conversation with God and […]
Jamaica in January. For course credit? Sign me up! Seven of us made our way from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to Jamaica this past January for the course Jamaica: History, Culture, and the Moravians offered at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem. The Rev Dr. Craig Atwood and Bishop Hopeton Clennon led our travels; along for the ride […]
Last summer, the 2016 Camp Cuba Mission Team of six youth and young adults and two adults traveled to Cuba to participate in Camping and Youth Ministries. Over the course of their mission experience the team connected and built relationships with more than 100 young people in Cuba! The 2016 Camp Cuba Mission Team is […]
I was driving home from South Carolina just as the heavy rains hit that state in October 2015, and a song came on the radio. A woman was singing in a “blues” sort of style, “I hear you knocking but you can’t come in.” She was referring to a lover of yesteryear who now wanted […]
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 statements, in The Moravian. In our final installment, we’ll discuss Serving the World, Authority of Christ and the Conclusion of the Ground of […]
On a November morning this fall, 23 people gathered in the kitchen of East Hills Moravian Church to cook together. Four hours later, 500 meals filled the church’s large freezer, all to be donated to anyone who needed a meal. This group was composed of members of four Moravian churches and Holy Infancy Catholic Church—five […]