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The Moravian Magazine
The Moravian Magazine is the official journal of the Moravian Church in North America.  For more than 100 years, The Moravian and its predecessors have shared the news, faith and life of the Moravian Church in North America.  Today, we continue that print tradition — the Moravian arrives in members’ homes ten times per year — while also making it available online in both layout and online text formats.To read our current issue, click here.
 

Create in Me: Worship is like gardening

One of the things I enjoy most is gardening and growing food. I’m a volunteer Master Gardener with the North Dakota State University ExtensionService. I love growing plants. They amaze me. They start from seeds—sometimes tiny and small, sometimes big—but somehow, contained in that seed, are the blueprints and the nutrients needed to make life happen. But […]

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Moravian Camping in Mid-States

The goal of the Middle States Youth Ministry Council is to ensure that the youth and young adults of Moravian churches in Ohio, lower Michigan, Indiana and Illinois are able to participate in interchurch activities and further their relationships with Christ. We strive to provide appropriate, safe, and challenging programs for participants of all ages. […]

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Doing mission at “Camp Hope”

No one is too young to do mission, especially as part of a team. That is what campers will be learning and living at the Eastern District’s outdoor ministry site, Hope Conference & Renewal Center, this summer.  Campers will be helping to feed the hungry, clothe the needy, and participate in other ministry projects while […]

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Laurel Ridge: A season of growing and learning

Summer at Laurel Ridge for 2018 will be a wonderful and action-packed season of growing and learning together!  In addition to the faith, fun and learning of the Moravian camp in the mountains, campers will focus on themes of unity. Based on Ephesians 4:3, “Make every effort to keep the ​unity of the Spirit through the […]

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Southern Province elects new leadership

Delegates to the 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church, Southern Province, elected the new Provincial Elders’ Conference during sessions on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21. The Provincial Elders’ Conference for the Southern Province consists of three clergy and three lay people in addition to the PEC president. The PEC is elected by Synod […]

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Southern Province approves full communion with United Methodist Church

The 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Southern Province approved a relationship of full communion with the United Methodist Church (UMC) on Friday, April 20. The full communion agreement, which was initially approved by the UMC at their General Conference in Portland, Ore., in May 2016, recognizes each other’s ministries, and encourages witness and mission […]

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Southern Province elects two new bishops

On the same day in 1978, the Revs. Carol Foltz and Tom Shelton graduated from Moravian Theological Seminary. A short time later, they were ordained pastors of the Moravian Church—again, both on the same day. And on Saturday, April 21, 2018, they both took another huge step on their pastoral path–they were both elected bishops […]

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Southern Province Synod charts courageous path forward

In April, more than 230 delegates to the 2018 Southern Province Synod developed, discussed, debated and passed more than 20 resolutions that will guide the core of the Province over the next four years. Synod is the highest governing body within the polity of the Moravian Church Southern Province. These every-four-year gatherings bring together clergy […]

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Northern Province Synod prepares to gather, grow and go

Every four years, Moravians from each North American Province gather to “do the business of the church”—to decide, legislate, make policy, discuss doctrine, and chart the way forward for the next four years. In April, Southern Province Moravians convened in Black Mountain, N.C. for their Synod (see stories beginning on page 7). Now it’s the […]

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Living in my “intersynodal period”

One of the things I love about my work is learning—and using—new words. Before joining the IBOC, I had never used words like “hymnody” or “Lovefeast” or even “Interprovincial.” My word for today? “Intersynodal.” It’s a term used to describe the time between major provincial synods, which in the Moravian Church happen every four years. […]

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Winston-Salem to host Unity Brass Festival in July

Any and every way we praise God is good, but some of us prefer to buzz our lips into an amplifying instrument made from brass!  A massive amount of buzzing and praising will take place in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, July 19 – 22, 2018, where Moravians in North America will host the third international brass […]

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365 Days – 1,700 Hats!

A year ago February, members of the Lititz Moravian Congregation were challenged to take on a new mission project: making soft, warm hats for children receiving treatment at the Hershey Medical Center-Children’s Cancer Center.  This project would require our time and talent in addition to our treasure. Yarn, skill and prayers combined to provide some […]

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April Official Provincial Elders’ News

Moravian Music Sunday, April 29, 2018 The fifth Sunday of Easter, April 29, 2018, has been designated as Moravian Music Sunday.  The purpose of this observance is to help all congregations become more familiar with our rich heritage of Moravian music.  Music is an expression of faith, and thus continuing creativity is to be encouraged. […]

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Create in Me: My journey toward sharing my music

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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The Lord is Risen, Indeed!

  As I continue to pen the “Ponderings” column for each issue of The Moravian Magazine, I notice that fewer and fewer of them are about my Moravian “firsts.” Early on in my editorship, it was fun to write about the new things. My first synods, my first trips to camp, my first Lovefeasts or […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Moravian Daily Texts

07/16/2018

Monday, July 16 — Psalm 85:8–13
Deuteronomy 26:1–27:13; Luke 9:28–36

The Lord will bless his people with peace. Psalm 29:11 (NKJV)

You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. Acts 10:36 (NIV)

God of certainty and truth—we know that you have promised peace, but sometimes we can’t feel it. We ask that you help us to feel your peace, and to live in ways that carry that peace throughout the world. Amen.

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