Tag Archives: 2014

Synod resolution affirms spiritual solidarity with Honduras

In the midst of reports and discussions concerning numerous resolutions, the delegates to the 2014 Southern Province Provincial Synod unanimously passed Resolution 9, “Spiritual Solidarity with Sisters and Brothers in Honduras.” The resolution focuses on the homicide and other violent acts that are directly connected to the trafficking of illegal drugs in Honduras and invites […]

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Ecumenical Partners share thoughts on Southern Province Synod

The Synod of 2014 welcomed not only Moravians from across the Southern Province. Two leaders from ecumenical partners—the Episcopal Church and the Church of the Brethren in Texas—also witnessed the work of Synod. Each has provided their thoughts on being amongst Moravians. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop, Episcopal Church I very much enjoyed the Synod […]

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Synod delegates discern a vision for the future

While Synod is a time for legislating and governing, it is also a unique opportunity to take a look into the future of the Province. Synods harness the gathered creativity, experience, faith and ideas of delegates who only come together once every four years to discern a vision for the future. At the Southern Province […]

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Synod resolution results in Board of World Mission (BWM) constitution revisions

Both the Southern Province (SP), and soon the Northern Province (NP) are being asked to approve revisions to the Board of World Mission constitution. The Alaska Province and the Unity of the Brethren, official members of the BWM, will also need to ratify the proposed amendments. Much of the work of the BWM has changed […]

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Ponderings: A walk helps fill the blank screen

At the core of my role with the IBOC, I’m a writer. When I sit down at the keyboard, I love to let the words flow. Sometimes, however, the words don’t come. Maybe you’ve been there—that blank screen, with the blinking cursor daring you to fill it with great thoughts and ideas—yet your fingers are […]

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Obituary: Mrs. Edwin A. Sawyer

Sister Elizabeth (Stempel) Sawyer died in Lititz, Pa., on April 12, 2014 at age 99. She was born March 3, 1915 in Winston-Salem, N.C., a daughter of Edward and Adelaide (Ross) Stempel. Sister Sawyer attended public schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Staten Island, N.Y. and graduated from Bethlehem Business College, Bethlehem, Pa.. She was united […]

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Knitters’ work gives Synod more “heart”

A special gift greeted all attendees at the Southern Province 2014 Synod: hand-knit and felted heart shaped bowls filled with candy were placed at every attendees’ spot. The dream of the hearts began months before Synod was on the minds of the majority of folks in the Southern Province. The dream became a reality as […]

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Recognizing the undefinable: Establishing Manna Ministries

“We pray the Lord ever anew to point to us the way to reach our neighbors, opening our hearts and hands to them in their need.” Ground of the Unity How do we reach our neighbors in the midst of ever-changing communities? How do we sustain compassionate ministry amid the complexities of the world in […]

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Canaan pastor comes “full circle” with birth of her son

The Rev. Beth Rohn-Habhegger was the last baby born to a pastor serving Canaan Moravian Church in rural Cass County, N.D. Now, 40 years later, she lives in what was once her childhood home, she serves as pastor at the same church where her father used to minister, and on Feb. 6 she gave birth […]

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Moravian Magazine April 2014

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Moravian Magazine May 2014

On the cover: Campers at Laurel Ridge navigate the pond. Photo courtesy Laurel Ridge.

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New Specialty Camp and events for Camp Hope

Musical Theater Camp! More Pre-Primary Camp! Camp Sampler Weekend! Camp Hope Alumni Retreat! All these events are new for 2014 at Hope Conference & Renewal Center, located just outside of Hope, New Jersey. The camp serves the Eastern District of the Moravian Church.

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Moravian Camping Ministry brings faith and fun to summer

Fun in the woods. Songs of faith around a campfire. Spiritual formation amongst nature. Friendships formed and nurtured. A love of Jesus grown. In a word: “camp!” For many Moravians in the U.S. and Canada, these thoughts represent treasured memories of summers spent in one of the church’s camping ministry programs. Whether in the mountains […]

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Mid-States Camping Ministry impacting young lives

The mid-states camping program is alive and well in 2014! The first camp in the mid-states is Epworth Forest for our junior high age youth. The Rev. Jason Andersen will lead this year’s program, titled “Whom Shall I Fear?” Tar Hollow Sr/Post High camp will be July 20-26. The 2014 Tar Hollow program, “Who’s Got […]

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Laurel Ridge, a mountain place set apart

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Laurel Ridge is where many come to be closer to God and renew their spirits…where the sound of camp songs and children playing helps us clear our minds of all the clutter from the busy world we live in. At night after campfire you can see […]

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Counselors and volunteers vital to Western District camping ministry

As summer approaches, the planning for summer youth activities begins. And of course, a popular opportunity for children and young adults is summer church camp. Most of the camps for Moravian Churches in Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota are held at Mt. Morris Camp and Conference facility. The exception is Camp Mindyy (youth who’ve finished […]

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Camp Van Es 2014 season rooted in unity

It is weird to think that another summer is about to be upon us. In some ways it feels like we just said goodbye to last year’s campers and now the excitement and anticipation for this year’s summer season is already starting to grow. Even though Alberta is known for its enduring winter season of […]

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Southern Province elects new Provincial Elders’ Conference, PEC president

At the 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church, Southern Province held in early April in Black Mountain, N.C., delegates elected a new Provincial Elders’ Conference (PEC) and PEC president to lead the Province for the next four years. The Provincial Elders’ Conference for the Southern Province consists of three clergy and three lay people in […]

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Canadian cartographer creates map of Moravians around the world

In 2002 a University student from Good Shepherd Moravian Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada took on a large project of creating a map showing the influence of the Moravian Church around the world. The finished project hangs in our church and is often the focus of many visitors. It has also been a useful tool […]

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Letter To The Editor

In 2002 a University student from Good Shepherd Moravian Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada took on a large project of creating a map showing the influence of the Moravian Church around the world. The finished project hangs in our church and is often the focus of many visitors. It has also been a useful tool […]

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Ponderings: Going to Camp? I’m jealous!

When our May issue rolls around every year, I get jealous. Not the mean, green kind of jealousy that can be harmful. More of a, “man, I wish I had that when I was a kid!” kind of envy of today’s Moravian youth. You see, across the Northern and Southern Provinces, kids have a unique […]

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Official Provincial Elders News, May 2014

Moravian Music Sunday, May 18, 2014 The fifth Sunday of Easter, May 18, 2014, 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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Obituary: The Rev. John Case

Brother John H. Case died in Lakehurst, New Jersey, March 1, 2014, at age 83 years. Born November 9, 1930 in New York City, N.Y, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hadley Case. Brother Case graduated from Towson State University, Towson, Md. in 1972, received an M. Div. from Lancaster Theological Seminary in […]

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Obituary: The Rev. Dr. Claude A. Knight

Brother Claude A. Knight died in West Palm Beach, Florida, April 4, 2014, at age 77. Born February 14, 1937 in St. Ann, Jamaica he was the son of Hosea and Dorothy (Hay) Knight. Brother Knight graduated from United Theological College of West Indies in 1966. He received an S.T.M. from Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, […]

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Obituary: Mrs. Robert J. Gohdes

Sister Cynthia A. (Geiman) Gohdes died in Minneapolis, Minn., February 19, 2014 at the age of 74. She was born August 1, 1939 at Bridgeport, Conn., a daughter of Hershel and Mary (Thorpe) Geiman. Sister Gohdes graduated from Moravian College in 1961. She was united in marriage to Brother Robert J. Gohdes on August 26, […]

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Moravian Northwest Fellowship: Connecting, worshiping and sharing God’s message

“For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 This is the message the world hungers for and needs to hear, and the Moravian Northwest Fellowship in Seattle, Washington is spreading God’s Word to people all around […]

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Community outreach in Edmonton area offers a Common Ground

Exciting things are happening in the Edmonton area community of Sherwood Park, Alberta all thanks to the efforts of Rev. Dr. Eileen Lennon Edwards and Rev. Ian Edwards. Called to be pastors at Good News Moravian Church, they are also the driving forces of the Common Ground Community Cafe. Earlier this year, Sherwood Park saw […]

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Moravian Magazine March 2014

    On the cover: Women and girls from around the world are the focus of the Moravian Unity Women’s Desk.

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Moravian Magazine January-February 2014

On the cover: Sun and clouds combine to demonstrate the beauty of God’s creation. Photo by Mike Riess    

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Current Issue

  On the cover: Forsythia flowers herald the coming of Spring to Laurel Ridge. Photo by Mike Riess

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