In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.
In our October issue, we shared several stories of Moravians visiting Alaska. During one of those visits, visitors met Ruth Strand Williams, a lifelong Alaskan. Ruth told visitors of her memories of the now abandoned Moravian Children’s Home. One of those visitors, Alice Mosebach, encouraged Ruth to share her remembrance of Christmas in Alaska during that time.
This September, the small town of Kralice in the Czech Republic came alive to celebrate a national treasure—the Kralice Bible.
2013 marks the 400th anniversary of the final, third edition of the Kralice Bible, the first complete translation of the Bible from the original text into the Czech language.
At the festival celebrating this anniversary, more than 2000 visitors attended exhibitions, lectures, poetry readings, films and more highlighting the importance of this book. The town, about 100 miles from Prague, was decorated with verses from the Bible for the event.
When John Foltz, a life-long member of Trinity Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, attended the 2013 Moravian Music Festival in Pennsylvania, he discovered a new resource that is having a big impact on the congregation’s music ministry.
The lights are dimmed, the candles are lit, a little voice begins singing Morning Star, O Cheering Sight and the congregation responds. It’s Christmas Eve, a night full of Moravian traditions. You’re familiar with the service, but do you know the origins of the beeswax candles that you are holding during the Christmas Eve lovefeast?
While the 2014 Synod may be six months away, Southern Province leaders and Synod delegates met in Winston-Salem to prepare for the upcoming event.
Delegates from across the province joined together at New Philadelphia Moravian Church on Saturday, Sept. 28 to review the purposes of Synod, the workings of the event and what it means to be a delegate to this important part of Moravian Church polity. The Southern Province Synod, whose theme is “Jesus Still Lead On,” is set for April 3-6, 2014 at the Blue Ridge Center in Black Rock, N.C.
In August, a group of young Moravians from the Northern and Southern Provinces joined counterparts from across the Moravian Unity for the 2013 Unity Youth Heritage Tour. The Tour, which traced the roots of the Ancient Unity and renewed Moravian Church in Europe, offered an opportunity to visit the cradle of the Moravian Church.
We asked those who attended to share their perspective and insights into the meaning of this opportunity to them.
Lanie Yaswinski is the former assistant archivist at the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Pa. This article is a result of research comparing modern church practices with those of 18th-century Moravians presented at workshops for the Eastern District’s “Heart of Ministry” conferences in 2009 and 2011. A longer version of this article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of The Hinge.
In 2011 I was asked by our District President, Dave Bennett, to consider what a modern Moravian choir system might look like. The result is a proposal for a new choir system that is really dependent on the revival of the small-group prayer bands that delivered pastoral care to all church members through highly active lay leadership.
Since 1997 the Moravian Ministries Foundation has been helping individuals who want to support their churches and favorite ministries through gifts from their wills and via other forms of “planned giving.” In recent years we have seen growing interest in creating what we call a Mission and Ministry Fund.
In early July, Aaron Linville, a recent Moravian Seminary graduate from Kernersville, N.C., joined nearly 60 others at the Board of Cooperative Ministries’ Comenius Learning Series session at Laurel Ridge. This session, “Comenius for a Complicated World,” included lectures and workshops led by Craig Atwood of the Center for Moravian Studies and scholar Diane Lipsett. Aaron shares his learning from this session…
When I describe the work of the Interprovincial Board of Communication, I typically start with “publish The Moravian Magazine,” followed by “run the moravian.org website,” “produce books about the church and its faith,” and “provide communications counsel to ministries and congregations.” But our most visible work is the annual production of the North American editions of the
On August 20, more than 100 people gathered at the Moravian Archives to celebrate completion of the first phase of renovations to the Archives building.
The Archives’ “Summer Soiree,” which brought together donors, volunteers and friends of the Archives, featured celebratory food and music, including a welcoming trombone choir and chamber trio. Among the attendees were US Congressman Charlie Dent and Bethlehem Mayor John B. Callahan, who each shared their thoughts on the value of the Moravian Archives and congratulating the Archives’ staff on completing this first phase of the project.
Many of us think of Moravian music as rich old hymns from hundreds of years ago. But today, there’s a creative spark alight in Moravian musicians bringing a new glimmer to the jewel of Moravian musical tradition.
To celebrate the musical gifts of today’s Moravian Church in North America, the Moravian Music Foundation and the Interprovincial Board of Communication have introduced Sing to the Lord a New Song: A New Moravian Songbook.
“When learning to drive, my parents urged me to be especially alert when going through intersections. “Slow down, look both ways and be alert” were advisory words I heard often before and after I began to drive. Little did I know then that my parents were giving me a life lesson, not just driver advice. As I have aged, I have become convinced that it is in life’s crossroads — life and death, sickness and health, youth to aging, grief and hope, caregiver to care-receiver, school to work, belief and doubt, or from innocence to loss of innocence — that one needs to slow down, look both ways, and be alert.” — from the preface of Crossroads: Stories at the Intersections.
Every Monday night we here at the GAPS Community at Downey Moravian Church sit down together to share a meal. As you might imagine, most aspects of our life together in intentional community involve some level of intentionality and purpose. But the lens that provides us with much of our focus and direction is this weekly house meal when we gather to reflect on where we have been, to plot and plan for where we are going, and to freely imagine the new paths that we might forge together.
Nearly one thousand Lutherans, Episcopalians and Moravians gathered in Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa. for a unique celebration of the full communion relationship among the three denominations—the first-ever of its kind.
The celebration arose out of several years of conversation among the heads of the local territories of the three denominations: the Rt. Rev. Paul V. Marshall, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, the Rev. Samuel R. Zeiser, bishop of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Rev. David Bennett, president of the Eastern District, Northern Province, of the Moravian Church. Their discussions of ways to demonstrate full communion led to the question of what the three churches have in common. One clear answer: Music.
High school students from many corners of the North American Moravian world came together for a week of learning, prayer, fellowship, worship—and, of course, fun!—at Convo 2013 in Greensboro, N.C.
Since 1957, Convo has invited Moravian youth who have completed grades 9 through 12 to join together every four years. Relationships forged at each of these gatherings are life-changing and last forever.
The United Brethren’s Church of Staten Island Board of Elders, to the Moravian Church of the Northern Province and the Southern Province:
“Grace to you and peace.
“We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The opening words of Paul’s letter to the church at Thessalonica seem an appropriate way for the Moravian congregations of Staten Island to share our thanks with you, our sisters and brothers across the Northern and Southern Provinces, for your amazing response to the needs generated by Superstorm Sandy!
Thursday, December 12 -- Psalm 141:5-10
Micah 1- 3:7; Revelation 12:7-17
Is the Lord's power limited? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not. Numbers 11:23
What God had promised, he was able also to perform. Romans 4:21 (NASB)
Give us faith in the power of your love, almighty One. Broaden our perspective. Help us practice humility. Amen.
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This new Moravian songbook features 80 new songs by 51 composers and authors from across the Moravian Church. Includes music and guitar chords, plus new specialty liturgies. Celebrate the musical gifts of today's Moravian Church!