For many churches, dwindling membership can often lead to closure. But what happens when a congregation, despite their shrinking size has a vibrant community that its neighbors have grown to rely upon – and has helped bring people to Christ? That was the situation facing Reading Moravian Church in Reading, Pennsylvania. While the congregation was […]
In July, I was fortunate to spend a week in Winston-Salem covering this year’s Moravian Music Festival. Joining more than 300 singers, musicians, historians and fans, I spent seven days immersed in “Moravian Music.” I’ll admit it: I don’t sing well, I don’t play a trombone or organ and my music reading skills are rudimentary […]
An eyewitness account of events at Charlottesville On Aug. 2, 2017, I received a call. The National Council of Churches had joined with Congregate Charlottesville, and they were calling for 1,000 white clergy to come to Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017, to confront and resist white supremacy through direct, non-violent action. It was a call […]
Last fall the wonderful big step forward was adding solar power to the Moravian Secondary School in the village of Ngiehun. We were so grateful and excited when members of Little Church on the Lane in Charlotte, N.C. arrived to install all the equipment and batteries that had been shipped ahead of time. Now we […]
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 […]
What do you remember about Bible stories when you were growing up? I was fortunate that sharing significant Bible stories was part of our family tradition. I remember, as a young child, going to my grandmother’s house in South Carolina. It was a busy farming community and everyone had lots to do, but my grandmother […]
Salemtowne, the nonprofit continuing care retirement community renowned for providing the highest standards and options for seniors, celebrated the soon-to-be-open new Babcock Health Care Center with a ribbon cutting on June 8. The $42 million Babcock Health Care Center consists of approximately 127,000 square feet of space, sits on almost eight acres, and is nearly […]
Greg Behrend, recent Seminary graduate, shares his team’s experiences on a border immersion program. Photos by Greg and Justin Rabbach. Holy Week readings are a powerful tradition within the Moravian Church. They offer an opportunity to walk through scripture together at the end of our Lenten journey, following Christ from Palm Sunday to Good Friday. […]
Northern Province Ordination Brother Gregory M. Behrend, a May 2017 graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary, was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church on June 24, 2017. Bishop Kay Ward officiated at the service, which was held at Wisconsin Rapids Moravian Church, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Altura, Minnesota Brother Gregory M. Behrend has accepted the call […]
The Moravian Church in America has a brand new resource for teaching our Moravian heritage! This new curriculum, called Living Branches: Moravians Growing in Faith, Love & Hope, is a flexible, 13-week Sunday School program focused on sharing the story of our Moravian heritage from Jan Hus to the present day. It includes lower elementary, upper elementary, […]
New Philadelphia Moravian Church is approaching the fifth anniversary of its Lamb Ministry. Begun in the summer of 2012, more than 700 lambs have left the New Philly pasture to travel throughout the community and beyond. The lambs are a small token of friendship and care, reminding receivers that Jesus is the Good Shepherd and […]
On Saturday, April 22, 2017, 80 Moravians and guests from 23 different congregations met at Friedberg Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. for the first Aging Well Conference. Replacing the “Older Adult Spring Retreat” previously held at Laurel Ridge, the Aging Well Team developed this event as a different approach in an effort to reach a […]
The 210th academic year of Moravian Theological Seminary (MTS) came to a close when 26 graduates received degrees and certificates at its Commencement Service on Saturday, May 13, 2017. For the second time in its long history, the service was held at College Hill Moravian Church. Every seat in the sanctuary was filled, which provided […]
“Who are you, what gifts do you bring to your team, and what do you need from the team to be effective in your work?” Those were the three questions that opened the Group Spiritual Direction Retreat of the Provincial Elders’ Conferences (PEC), South and North. Members from each PEC came together at the St. […]
Moravian summer camps play an integral role in helping young people further their relationships with Christ and find out what God is calling them to do. The Larger Life Foundation provides much needed funds to four camp programs in the Northern Province to help offset expenses, allowing these programs to provide lasting experiences for the […]
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. […]