Moravian Church in North America

In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.

Moravian Church in North America
North: Bethlehem, Pa.
South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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September 2015

Ponderings: An overwhelming sense of place

As you’ll read in this month’s Special Feature, I traveled to the Czech Republic and Germany on the 2015 Jan Hus Memorial Tour with the Moravian Theological Seminary. Through the nine-day journey, I (and 50 others) experienced firsthand the landmarks of our church’s history up close and personal. Actually being in the places I’d only […]

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Passion for God, compassion for people and willingness to get out of God’s way

It was during my years at seminary that I first heard of Spiritual Direction: the art of spiritual listening. The thought of becoming a spiritual director resonated from a place deep within me. To my surprise and disappointment, people with whom I shared this insight received it with reservation, and rightfully so. To accompany someone […]

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Building up congregational health

Congregations, just like human beings, are living entities. As congregations, we proclaim and seek to live as the Body of Christ in the ministry we share with the communities around us. And like any “body” there are times when we are in better condition than others. However, unlike for our human bodies, workout facilities with […]

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Fostering respectful conversation about homosexuality in the church

In the summer of 2014 the Southern Province Provincial Elders’ Conference appointed the Rev. Robert Sawyer, the Rev. Nola Reed Knouse and the Rev. Craig Troutman to form the nucleus of a steering committee to fulfill the mandate of Synod Resolution #12. (For the complete resolution, see sidebar.) The three of us began meeting in […]

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A tour to remember the life of Jan Hus

In early 2014, a team at the Moravian Theological Seminary began work on ways to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the martyrdom of Jan Hus. One result was the Jan Hus Memorial Tour, a nine-day adventure to the Czech Republic and Germany to trace the roots and branches of the early Unity of the Brethren […]

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Moravian Daily Texts

03/27/2017

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Watchword for the WeekSurely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long. Psalm 23:6

Sunday, March 26 — 1 Samuel 16:1–13; Psalm 23

Ephesians 5:8–14; John 9:1–41

There is hope for your future, says the Lord. Jeremiah 31:17

The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” John 9:8

As we listen to the story of sight restored and a life reborn, we ask for the light of Christ to heal our own blindness. May we leave worship today knowing that we have been in the presence of Jesus. Amen.

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