Tag Archives: 2015

After 60 years, a bishop’s brother returns home

In August, the Rt. Rev. Graham Rights and his family put his brother George to rest. George died while serving in Korea in 1951, yet it was only in 2015—64 years later—that the family received closure on the case. What follows is Bishop Rights’ story of bringing his brother home… George Rights grew up as […]

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Session encourages Moravians to make bold choices for Christ

On a chilly, rainy Saturday, you wouldn’t expect to find a group of people gathered to learn about Moravian history. But on this dreary day inside Clemmons Moravian Church in Clemmons, N.C., it was warm and bright with hospitality and inspiration as 65 people gathered for the Comenius Learning Series, “Martyrs, Exiles and Missionaries: Making […]

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Sharing reflections on mission in Peru

This past spring, a fresh new relationship began to blossom… and bear fruit! The Northern Province took on the responsibility of supervising the Peru Moravian Mission Area. In the past few months, Moravians from Peru and North America have accompanied each other in many ways as they have entered into this fruitful endeavor. The four […]

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Covenant for Christian Living – Part X: Conclusion

In our January issue of the Moravian Magazine, we introduced a new regular feature, “Studying Moravian Doctrine.” Following the outline established by Jesus Still Lead On, An Introduction to Moravian Belief, we will cover different aspects of two central documents outlining Moravian doctrine and belief each month. This month wraps up the Moravian Covenant for […]

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Moravian Magazine December 2015

On the cover: Red paper-trimmed beeswax candles await their shining moment in a Christmas Eve Candlight Lovefeast service. Photo by Mike Riess

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15 years of following our Shepherd into full communion

A relationship between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Moravian Church in America, Northern and Southern Provinces. In early summer 2015, I was looking through the filing cabinets at Fries Memorial Moravian Church and came across a copy of the original booklet from the first formal worship and holy communion in celebration of the […]

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Scarecrows demonstrate Waconia Moravian core value

This fall, eight life-sized scarecrows gathered around a bright yellow sign that reads: “Waconia Moravian Church—In Essentials, Unity; in Non-essentials, Liberty; And in all things, Love.” From left to right there is a Democrat, a Republican, a police officer, a “Black Lives Matter” activist, a pastor, a gay pride person, a Vikings fan and a […]

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Painting captures moment in history of Graceham Moravian Church

In the light and fragrance of a trimmed beeswax candle, award-winning artist Rebecca Pearl recently completed a historic portrait of Graceham Moravian Church entitled, “‘Morning Star’ Graceham Moravian Church, 1892.” The Graceham Moravian Church was organized in 1758. The current building—a combination parsonage, church and school—was erected in 1797, with a sanctuary added in 1822. […]

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Northern and Southern Provinces meet jointly for annual discussions

Members of the Provincial Elders’ Conferences of the Northern and Southern Provinces gathered in Bethlehem, Pa. in October for their annual meeting. While having no legislative authority, members of the two PECs came together to share mutual joys and concerns, explore ways to collaborate to more faithfully bear witness to God’s love in the world […]

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When Linus shares the true meaning of Christmas

I have a soft spot for Christmas specials. I grew up with “the classics”—Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch—but by far my favorite Christmas special is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Among the many stories of snowmen and Santas and reindeer came this simple, poignant reminder of what Christmas all about. Throughout the cartoon, Charlie Brown laments on […]

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Illustrating the Healthy Congregation ideal for the Northern Province

In the September issue of the Moravian Magazine, we highlighted the Northern Province’s Healthy Congregations Task Force. In this and coming issues, we will be sharing examples and ideas of how putting the “Seven Characteristics of Healthy Congregations” to work have enhanced the mission and ministry of local churches, while providing illustrations of each of […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News, November 2015

Prayer Watch The Moravian Church has experienced spiritual renewal and strength through a covenant of prayer. In 1727, the church in Herrnhut, Germany, covenanted for an “Hourly Intercession” which continued for one hundred years with a great blessing to the entire Moravian Church. The Unity Prayer Watch established in 1957 (the quincentenary of the Unitas […]

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Moravian Magazine, November 2015

On the cover: A stained-glass window crafted by Kathy Liebenow of Wisconsin graces the vespers area at Mt. Morris.

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Northern and Southern Province bishops meet for discussions on our church

The 16th Interprovincial Bishops’ Conference brought ten Moravian bishops from the Southern and Northern Provinces to Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center near Wautoma, Wis. for fellowship, worship, prayer and conversation on issues and concerns facing our two provinces. Attending were the Rt. Revs. Blair Couch, Kay Ward, Graham Rights, Chris Giesler, Lane Sapp, Doug […]

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Review: A Time of Sifting: Mystical Marriage and the Crisis of Moravian Piety in the Eighteenth Century

“It’s complicated.” That’s a phrase I utter routinely while teaching church history to seminarians. I offer that short sentence not to intimidate students or to dissuade them from the study of history, but rather to invite them to slow down and explore the past. Because the past is complicated, it deserves thoughtful and steady attention. […]

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Covenant for Christian Living, Part IX

In our January issue of the Moravian Magazine, we introduced a new regular feature, “Studying Moravian Doctrine.” Following the outline established by Jesus Still Lead On, An Introduction to Moravian Belief, we will cover different aspects of two central documents outlining Moravian doctrine and belief each month. In 2015, we are working through the Moravian […]

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You are God’s Masterpiece — a tale of two weekends

What do you get when you put 35 third- through eighth-grade girls and 15 women all in the Upper Lodge at Camp Hope in Hope, N.J. for a weekend? How about 20 third- through eighth-grade girls and ten women in the lodge at Camp Zimmerman outside of Gnadenhutten, Ohio for a weekend? I can tell […]

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Moravian Open Door continues assistance in NYC

What’s happening at Moravian Open Door (MOD)? The short answer is “lots!” Now in its 29th year, this ministry of the Northern Province helps the homeless of New York City help themselves by providing private and semi-private rooms for up to 41 men and women over the age of 50. Its full-time staff of three […]

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Calgary Moravians entertain with biblical musical

And now for something completely different… no, not a Monty Python Show but rather a biblical musical comedy performed at a Canadian Moravian Church! In June, Good Shepherd Moravian Church in Calagary hosted “And on the Sixth Day…” a fun biblical musical comedy by Jack Sharkey and Dave Reiser with a cast of 11 singers […]

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Orphan care in the city of Tabora

Drs. Bill and Peg Hoffman send periodic reports of the work going on in Tanzania through the Adopt-a-Village program. This month, they share work with orphans in the city of Tabora. In 2002 the Moravian Church of Western Tanzania’s orphan program started in the village of Sikonge. Mama Kimwaga and her three assistants began providing […]

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FIT First event helps youth discern—and act on—their call to mission

Instead of backyard barbecues and family picnics, 30 young Moravians spent their Labor Day weekend answering the question, “How and where do we FIT in God’s mission?” The Board of World Mission’s FIT (Focused Intensity over Time) First event brought young adults and church leaders together at Laurel Ridge in North Carolina to learn about […]

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Peace Moravian Church on the move

In late July, Peace Moravian Church in Charlotte, N.C. sold their facility and property to Hope Community Church. But the sale of a building isn’t the end of a congregation; instead, it is an opportunity to move in a new direction and drive toward a new future that God is preparing. Peace Moravian, by the […]

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John Hus Moravian takes heritage to the street

As part of our conscious effort to leave the confines of the four walls at 153 Ocean Avenue and connect with our community, we feel that a celebration of our diverse culture and heritage provides a fitting context for us not just to hand out gospel tracts and information about our church but also to […]

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Alaskans welcome the arrival of Bibles in the Yup’ik language

On August 13, 1727, the Holy Spirit of God fell on a group of people who were following the teaching of John Hus who believed that all people should be able to read the scriptures in their own language. On August 13, 2015, the word of God became available to Yup’ik speakers with the arrival […]

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Beth Hayes named Educator of the Year 2016

Moravians have valued education from the very beginning of our denomination. Having resources and knowledge in the hands of every member and making faith come alive for each one of us has been a standard we live by. There are pastors and teachers that stand out in our hearts and minds as we consider how […]

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Moravian Magazine, October 2015

On the cover: The maple’s yellows and oranges herald the coming of autumn. Photo by Mike Riess. Visit The Moravian Magazine’s back issue library.

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Centenarian continues to educate about God and the Bible

Mrs. Mary Etta Gentry turns 100 years old on October 6, 2015. Remarkably, this centenarian is still a fixture in the Cornelia Pulliam Sunday School Class at King Moravian Church in King, N.C.! Each Sunday morning Mary Etta greets her class, a cheerful group of older adults, with a smile, catches up on the week’s […]

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Healthy Congregations: A story from the field

In the September issue of The Moravian Magazine, we highlighted the Northern Province’s Healthy Congregations Task Force. In this and coming issues, we will be sharing examples and ideas of how putting the “Seven Characteristics of Healthy Congregations” to work have enhanced the mission and ministry of a local church. This month, we hear from […]

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Jump into Bible stories with Godly Play

So what if you could hold your breath and jump, landing right in the middle of the Bible? Look to the left, there are Old Testament stories; to the right, New Testament. Also within view are the parables, Jesus’ stories within the Bible stories and the stories of the liturgical year—Advent transitioning into Christmas, Lent […]

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Moravian Children’s Festival and Lovefeast

On August 16, the Southern Province celebrated its second annual Children’s Festival and Lovefeast at Bethania Moravian Church, a day of prayer and covenanting for children commemorating the children’s spiritual renewal in Herrnhut on August 17, 1727. The annual celebration has two key components: a festival filled with fellowship, fun and learning and a lovefeast […]

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