Tag Archives: 2015

Moravian Magazine, June 2015

On the cover: Celebrating communion during worship at Mt. Morris in Wisconsin.

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“A Storm in the Land”: Southern Moravians in the Civil War

One hundred and fifty years ago this year, the American Civil War—the bloodiest chapter in the country’s history—came to a close. From 1861–1865, somewhere between 620,000 and 750,000 soldiers perished in battle or from disease or starvation. It tore the Union apart, pitting American against American in one of the United States’ darkest hours. There […]

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Schoenbrunn: Honoring the legacy of an amazing Moravian missionary

During the second half of the 18th century, David Zeisberger was the best known and arguably the most successful Moravian missionary in North America. As witness to remarkable events in both the Moravian Church and American history, Brother David devoted the last six decades of his life to spreading the Gospel and serving his Native […]

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Experiencing a growing faith in Peru

The Iglesia Evangélica Morava de Peru is growing in faith, in numbers and in music! People are learning of the saving work of Jesus Christ and committing themselves to lives of discipleship through the sacrament of baptism. Young people are responding to God’s call to serve in the church. Music is vibrant and lives are […]

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North Dakota Moravians honor a returning soldier with a special service

They say that Christmas comes just once a year. On March 20, 2015, Christmas Eve came again to the Goshen Moravian Church in Durbin, N.D. One of our own church members, Sergeant Michael Jahnke, serving in the U.S. Army, recently returned home from a nine-month deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. Michael’s […]

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Moravian Covenant for Christian Living Series

Love, Unity and Diversity and Settling Differences 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 […]

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Prayers for Middle East Peace

Israel and Palestine—what comes to mind when you hear those words?  For many it is conflict, violence or injustice. Holy Land pilgrimages shape the response of others, who are deeply moved by visits to the holy sites. For many North American Moravians whose pilgrimages included a visit to the Star Mountain Rehabilitation Center, responses might […]

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Bethlehem group helps shelter homeless during harsh winter months

During the cold harshness of this past winter, a group of Moravians in the Bethlehem area helped shelter the homeless at night. Through a growing partnership with area churches of other denominations, Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering, Inc. (BES) provided more than just a warm place to sleep. The seeds for BES were sown in January of […]

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Sunday School Class shows it’s “all about deeds” with work at Overflow Shelter

James 2: 14–18: Faith and Deeds What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” […]

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Ponderings: Taking the longer way home

We have a running joke in my family about driving out of the way known as “taking Route 29.” The saying stems from my father-in-law’s dislike for driving on the Interstate. When traveling to visit his daughter and her family in Durham, he will avoid the much quicker I-95/I-85 route and take one that wends […]

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Western District 2015 Camps offer opportunities for youth of all ages

The Moravian Church has been offering youth camps for decades and I think that they have mastered it. This summer, the Western District Camping Ministry offers opportunities for youth of all ages to learn, have fun and experience faith surrounded by God’s creation. Each week’s camp is tailored to the ages of the youth participating, […]

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Thinking about summer at Laurel Ridge

It’s time to start thinking about Summer! Which camp will you choose? At Laurel Ridge, the camp for Southern Province Moravians, there are so many choices this year! Pre-Junior: July 31–August 2 (Completed Grades 1 or 2) Deans: Gail Theard and Margaret Norris. Pre-Junior Camp is the perfect introduction to Laurel Ridge for your little […]

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Camp Hope readies busy season of fun and faith

Hope Conference & Renewal Center, an outdoor ministry of the Eastern District, is preparing for hundreds of campers and staff members. The summer season will be filled with swimming in the pool, boating on the lake, meeting new friends, laughing at campfires, worshiping by the lake or on the hill and much more. Overlooking Little […]

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Camp Van-Es to light Hearts on Fire at 2015 camp

The snow is gone and the trees are starting to bud; Camp Van-Es is gearing up for another summer filled with fun, laughter, friendship and God’s Spirit moving. There is a special joy and energy about working with kids that brings out the best in us. We had to ask ourselves this year: what is […]

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Helping Camp Hope by selling and stitching

Camps need a lot of assistance and support, especially from volunteers. In the case of Hope Conference & Renewal Center, some volunteers serve as counselors or nurses. Some paint doors and repair roofs. Some make quilts and sell Avon. Selling Avon for Camp Louise Snyder, a member of East Hills Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa., […]

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Mid-States Camping changes hearts

Many hearts and lives have been changed through the Moravian camping programs offered to our youth. Sometimes we don’t realize the impact that camp had until years down the road, but we are so fortunate to have these camps available to our youth. And the 2015 camping season will be here before we know it! […]

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Moravian Magazine May 2015

On the cover: Sunrise service at the Eastern Overlook, Laurel Ridge. Photo by Mike Riess

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Moravian Magazine April 2015

On the cover: Blooming trees herald the promise and wonder of Spring. Photo by Mike Riess The 2014 Board of World Mission Annual Report (note: This is included in the view above, too.)   From the April 2015 Moravian Magazine

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Addressing the need for trained leaders in Alaska

For years, provincial leaders in Alaska struggled with a lack of trained congregational leadership and dreamed about a multi-purpose building that would address the many needs of the Alaska Province. In January, that dream came closer to reality when the Province dedicated and blessed the land for the new Provincial building project. As wind chills […]

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Minnesota Moravians making a difference in the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities Metro is Minnesota’s largest urban area, covering St. Paul, Minneapolis and their outlying suburbs, with over 3 million people living in the seven metropolitan counties. By my rough estimate, only 0.0209 percent of these folks are members of the four Moravian congregations of the Metro Area. This represents a small handful of […]

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Excitement builds for June’s International Moravian Women’s Conference

Just as the popular song states, “Lord, the light of your love is shining/ in the midst of the darkness, shining,/ Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us…” Jesus, the true Light, has been shining and leading the preparations of the 2015 International Moravian Women’s Conference every step of the way. The conference will […]

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Moravian Covenant for Christian Living Part III

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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Unity Committee on Theology meets to study church and doctrine

In February, a team of Moravians from around the world gathered in Florida to address the role of the worldwide Unitas Fratrum. Established by the 2009 Unity Synod in London, The Unity Committee on Theology (UCOT) serves the Unity Board in the years between synods. The Committee includes two members from each of the four […]

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Ponderings: A front-row seat to Moravians in Mission

Given our heritage (and current emphasis) on being a missional church, it is rare that an issue of The Moravian Magazine doesn’t contain an article about Moravians in mission. But for the past several years, the April issue of the Moravian Magazine has offered an even more concentrated and in-depth look at the work Moravians […]

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John Hus and the Moravian Church

July 6 is a special day of remembrance in the Moravian Church. On this date in 1415, a Catholic Church council in the city of Constance executed one of the great Christian reformers. Millions of Christians worldwide, including Moravians, view John Hus as a martyr to the gospel and a saint, even though he was […]

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Christ’s Community Church heeds God’s call to feed local children

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 “Faith without fear” is a truth that God has been teaching us in […]

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Technology amplifies and shares the glory of the resurrection

In the darkness of the dawn on March 30, 1777, a small group of Moravians gathered to celebrate Easter’s message. In the darkness of dawn on April 5, 2015, 238 years later, a small group of Moravians will gather to help share that same message using today’s technology. This group will both amplify the Easter […]

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The Easter Morning Liturgy

Easter morning is an especially wondrous time at Moravian churches across the Northern and Southern Provinces. For many, Easter morning means greeting the rising sun in a God’s Acre or sanctuary with a service that speaks to the core of Moravian belief. “The Moravian Easter morning service is an old tradition, rich in spiritual significance,” […]

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Moravian medical work in Nicaragua

The Moravian medical work in Nicaragua is continuing to bear fruit for the health of the people of that Central American country. It began with a dream of Dr. David Thaeler to establish a Moravian hospital on the Rio Coco in northern Nicaragua and to train locals to assume responsibility for the health care in […]

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Studying Moravian Doctrine: Moravian Covenant for Christian Living

In last month’s 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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