Tag Archives: 2016

Provincial Elders’ Conference News August 2016

Prayer Day for Christian Education, September 11, 2016 The second Sunday in September is designated as a day of prayer for Christian education. The nurture of Christians of all ages in their faith is the responsibility of each congregation. Pray for your congregation’s Christian education program and for the personal growth in faith of each […]

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Obituary: The Rev. Gordon B. Mowrer

Brother Gordon B. Mowrer died at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, July 19, 2016, at age 80. Born February 9, 1936 in Bethlehem, he was the son of Clifton and Margaret (Brown) Mowrer. Brother Mowrer graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa. in 1959 and received a Masters Degree in Education from Lehigh University, in Bethlehem in 1965. He […]

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Moravian Magazine, July 2016

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Salem 250: Salem—The First Year

The city of Winston-Salem is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year, and Southern Province Moravians are taking a large part in the celebrations. After all, we Moravians are Winston-Salem’s beginning. Though on the large scale it is Winston-Salem’s 250th, it more specifically is the 250th anniversary of Salem, the church community that grew to be […]

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Honoring 150 Years of Freedom (Moravian)

On Sunday, December 22, 1866, a group of resolute German settlers in rural Freedom, Wis. gathered to organize a new church. Thirty-four men and women representing 14 charter families gathered in a crowded cabin to ignite the spark that would become Freedom Moravian Church. With the influx of Mecklenburg Germans to Wisconsin in the mid […]

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Salem 250: A radical design for Salem foiled by Piedmont’s rolling hills

Imagine you are a visionary German nobleman, head and benefactor of a tiny mission-minded church proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. Now imagine you have practically an entire continent — or say 100,000 acres — where you can lay out a City of God, a New Jeru-Salem in this Eden on earth. What do you plan? […]

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Moravian Theological Seminary celebrates 2016 Commencement

On May 15, Moravian Theological Seminary celebrated the conclusion of its 209th academic year with the largest graduating class in Seminary history. Festivities began on May 14 with a community Lovefeast open to all members of the Seminary community. Graduating students developed this ecumenical and interfaith event with Rev. Dr. Riddick Weber, Seminary Chaplain, and […]

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Presbyterians, Moravians commemorate full communion relationship

On the afternoon of Sunday, June 5, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wis., a service celebrated the covenant partnership between the Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)— a relationship that was approved by synods of both provinces in 2010. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk and head of the […]

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Western District Synod 2016: Making plans to meet “Aspirations for the Future”

When the 110 delegates from Western District congregations and agencies arrived at Mt. Morris for their 2016 Synod, many were pondering the District’s “Aspirations for the Future.” Three days later, many were on their way home having made commitments to see those aspirations come to light. The 2016 Synod, held for the first time at […]

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July Official Provincial Elders News

Prayer Day for World Peace and Nuclear Disarmament August 7, 2016 In accordance with legislation enacted at the 1982 Synod of the Northern Province and affirmed by the 1990 Synod, the first Sunday in August has been designated as a day of prayer for world peace and nuclear disarmament.   Prayer Day for Public Education […]

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Mid-states Camping offers faith and fun

The camping ministry in the Mid-states—for Moravian congregations in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois—is unique from all the other Moravian camps in that each one is held at a different location. The goal of MSYMC is to ensure that the youth and young adults of the Mid-States Moravian churches (which include Ohio, lower Michigan, Indiana, […]

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Unionville Moravian draws community in to celebrate quiltmakers’ work

Members of Unionville Moravian Church in Unionville, Mich. discovered that a quilt show was a wonderful way to draw in a community and honor the women who made them. Organizers chose the theme “A Celebration of Quilts and Their Makers” to commemorate the wonderful group of quilters from Unionville Moravian who had a long tradition […]

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Van-Es celebrates 75 years of Canadian camping

In 1941, Moravians gathered on a wilderness site east of Edmonton for their very first time. That site would soon be named Van-Es, taking its letters from the Unitas Fratrum’s Latin motto “Vicit Agnus Noster Eum Sequamur” – a name that reminds all who gather together on the land that Our Lamb Has Conquered! Fast […]

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Ponderings: Another one of those “Daily Texts moments”

It may just be the time of year—the IBOC is busy working on the 2017 Moravian Daily Texts—but I recently had another one of those powerful “Daily Texts” moments that knocked me for a loop. As I’ve written before, I see the Daily Texts every morning on my phone – it’s how I start my […]

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Common Ground: Engaging neighbours in their faith

As the culture in North America changes, so too does the way our neighbours engage in their faith. The Common Ground Community Café, co-founded by the Revs. Ian and Eileen Edwards, with support from the Moravian Church Northern Province, was developed as a creative response to a cultural desire for spiritual conversation and community in […]

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CrossWalk continues solemn yet joyful tradition

Forty-two years ago, several weeks before Holy Week, Trinity’s young associate Pastor, Phil Bauguess, sat down on the floor with the youth fellowship. “Hey gang! I have an idea!” (This was not always a good thing.) He continued. “We’re gonna build a 200 lb. cross and carry it through downtown Winston-Salem to Old Salem.” Honestly, […]

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Western, Canadian Districts elect new leadership at 2016 Synods

At this spring’s 2016 Synods of the Moravian Church Northern Province Western District and Canadian District, delegates elected leaders to guide their Districts through the next four years.

At this spring’s 2016 Synods of the Moravian Church Northern Province Western District and Canadian District, delegates elected leaders to guide their Districts through the next four years.

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Eastern District Synod to focus on mission in our neighborhoods [UPDATED]

Every four years, delegates from Eastern District Moravian congregations meet in Bethlehem for several days of meetings, discussion, legislation and fellowship. For its 2016 Synod, to be held June 22-25 at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., the Eastern District is adding a new component: mission.

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Studying Moravian Doctrine: Ground of the Unity Part III

Editor’s Note: Following the outline established by the 2005 Jesus Still Lead On study guide, we are sharing different aspects of The Ground of the Unity, one of the worldwide Moravian Church’s key doctrinal statement, in each 2016 issue of The Moravian. This month, we’ll discuss A Church of Sinners and Personal Belief. Both the […]

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“Camp Hope” celebrates its 70th anniversary (and a brief history of Moravian camping)

  Hope Conference & Renewal Center, formerly known as “Camp Hope,” is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its 1946 purchase this year. The 1940s, when the camp property was purchased, was a significant period of ministry for the Moravian Church, as youth and young adults discovered camps, conferences and outdoor ministry. Although programs for youth […]

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“We Make Memories” at Hope Center

Hope Conference & Renewal Center, an outdoor ministry of the Eastern District, is preparing for a summer season filled with meeting new friends, enjoying campfires, swimming, boating, worshipping by the lake or on the hill and celebrating the 70th anniversary of “Camp Hope.” Overlooking Little Silver Lake in Hope, New Jersey, Hope Conference Center offers […]

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There is only one Laurel Ridge Experience

Laurel Ridge, the Moravian camp for the Southern Province, is a mountain place set apart for forming disciples of Jesus Christ who live and learn in community to serve in the world. And for many who have ever been on the mountain, there is only one Laurel Ridge Experience! Laurel Ridge offers campers a chance […]

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Moravian Magazine, June 2016

In this issue: Moravian Camping Ministries, a Solemn CrossWalk, Common Ground in Edmonton, Deed Day and more!

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Deed Day offers rare look at the beginnings of Bethlehem

On a rainy Saturday in April, more than 800 people visited the Northern Province Moravian Archives in Bethlehem to get a glimpse at how the Moravian community in Pennsylvania came into being. For “Deed Day”—on April 2, 2016—archivists put the original deed for the land purchased for the Moravian settlement on display for one day […]

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United Methodist Church approves full communion with North American Moravian provinces

The 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) approved a relationship of full communion with the Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church in North America. The full communion agreement, which still requires approval of the Moravian Provinces at their respective 2018 Synods, recognizes each other’s ministries and encourages witness and mission […]

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Moravian Magazine, April/May 2016

On the cover: Springtime sun warms the Moravian Seal on the Church Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Photo by Mike Riess

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#MoravianServies: Sharing the many faces of Moravian service

On March 1 of this year, a new kind of personal photo began appearing on social media channels like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. While these new types of photos won’t replace the “selfie” any time soon, they do show a very positive face of the Moravian Church around the world. These new photos, called “Moravian […]

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Food, friends and fellowship mark Moravian Theological Seminary Annual Alumni Luncheon

The annual Alumni Luncheon is a time for Moravian Theological Seminary alumni to walk the campus, gather together as friends and former classmates over a meal and continue to be a part of the Seminary. At this year’s luncheon in March, Rev. Maggie Wellert ’99, ’00, and current president of the Alumni Association, presided over […]

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I am my sister’s keeper: a report from the Fourth Unity Women’s Consultation

When I first arrived home from the Fourth Unity Women’s Consultation in February, my mind and heart were so full of memories and experiences that I had trouble sorting them out. Now I can see clearly how much we accomplished in just one short week. The time seemed to fly by once the women arrived, […]

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Studying Moravian Doctrine: Ground of the Unity, Part II

Editor’s Note: Following the outline established by the 2005 Jesus Still Lead On study guide, we are sharing different aspects of The Ground of the Unity, one of the worldwide Moravian Church’s key doctrinal statement, in each 2016 issue of The Moravian. This month, we’ll discuss The Belief of the Church; Salvation; and Word, Sacrament […]

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