Tag Archives: 2016

Official Provincial Elders’ News

Outdoor Ministries Sunday, May 29, 2016 The 1994 Synod of the Moravian Church–Northern Province passed legislation regarding the observance of an Outdoor Ministries Sunday. The date for this observance has been established by the Provincial Elders’ Conference as the Sunday after Trinity Sunday, which falls on May 29 this year. Pastors are encouraged to use […]

Read More…

Moravian College offers grant for congregation members

As America’s sixth-oldest college, Moravian College (MC) has been a little revolutionary from the start. The College has been pushing boundaries in small ways that have big (lasting) impacts since 1742. That’s when a 16-year-old Moravian girl Benigna founded the nation’s first school to educate women. Almost 275 years later, Moravian College gives 1,850 undergraduates […]

Read More…

Catching up on The Moravian

Ten times a year for the past six years, I’ve okayed the printing of more than 17,000 copies of The Moravian magazine. The magazine represents one of the most visible example of the work that the Interprovincial Board of Communication does, and it’s a part of my job that I like (and lose sleep over) […]

Read More…

Embraced By Resurrection: Preparing for Western District Synod 2016

NOTE: For information on the 2016 Western District Synod, visit the Synod website: www.2016wdsynod.org It is quite amazing to witness Jesus’ hands at work. Where have you seen his hands at work, of late? Addressing that question is the core work of synod. I continue to be captured by Scripture texts that refer to times […]

Read More…

Moravian Magazine, March 2016

On the cover: Moravian Music, past and present. Photo by Mike Riess

Read More…

Foundation celebrates 60 years of preserving and sharing Moravian Music

Over 600 years ago, Jan Hus began implementing his reforms in the Catholic churches of Moravia and Bohemia. One of his initiatives was to encourage the congregational singing of hymns in the native Czech language. Moravians continue to value the ability to express their love of Christ, faith in God and care for each other […]

Read More…

Cutting and sewing to make a difference for girls in Kenya

“We can do this!” I was excited to get our Women’s Fellowship at Shepherd of the Prairie Church in Fargo, N.D. involved in helping others. Listening to a presenter from a non-profit group helping girls in Kenya, I realized this was our chance. As we listened a little more, Maureen Hahn said, “I’ll bring my […]

Read More…

A visit to the heart of the Moravian Church in Nepal

  In December, a group of North American Moravians travelled to Nepal to serve and learn. Brian Stangret and Gwyn Michel offer their thoughts on the trip. Brian: On the first day of Christmas—and after more than a year of planning with Pastor Trina Holmberg and the Board of World Mission—ten of us from congregations […]

Read More…

2016 Canadian District Synod to reflect on the call of the Spirit

There is a sacred call to creativity, witness and love for the world at the heart of who we are as followers of Jesus.  How do we speak and live this call? May 12-15, 2016, representatives from the churches and ministries of the Canadian District will gather for District Synod at Van-Es Camp and Conference […]

Read More…

‘Tis a Pleasant Thing to See: Fostering Respectful Conversation about Homosexuality in the Church: An Update

An Update from the Steering Committee for Resolution 12 from the Southern Province Synod of 2014 In the summer of 2014, the Southern Province Provincial Elder’s Conference appointed a steering committee to fulfill the mandate of Synod Resolution #12, “Study and Discernment Regarding Homosexuality.” One of the legislation’s key resolved statements was “to provide leadership, […]

Read More…

Studying Moravian Doctrine: Ground of the Unity, Part I

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 introductory paragraphs of Ground of the Unity. In […]

Read More…

An Introductory Letter from The Northern Province IPO Task Force

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Northern Province, Because you’re reading this letter in this magazine, we’ll presume that you have affection and appreciation for the Moravian Church. We’ll also presume you want to thrive in your faith, and you want the Moravian Church to thrive in carrying out Christ’s mission as it has been […]

Read More…

One Way? Commentary from the Rev. Darryl Bell

It is becoming more and more awkward and difficult for Christians to assert that the only way to God is through Jesus Christ. There are so many other viewpoints. Has that teaching become obsolete or unacceptable in our current culture? Should we push it to the back burner and ignore it? Is it too distasteful […]

Read More…

Studying the Ground of the Unity

Editor’s Note: When you ask Moravians, “what does it mean to be part of the Moravian faith?,” you’ll likely get many different answers about what our church is and what we believe. While the Moravian Church is known (and respected) for not being overly doctrinal or adhering to strict dogma or rules—thus the many ideas […]

Read More…

Moravian traditions in a non-traditional setting

Right after Christmas, we received a new perspective on Christmas Eve services from Michele Sevacko, who attends Come & Worship, an emerging ministry in Winston-Salem, N.C. “What is Moravian?” is a question I asked my friend, when she suggested that we try out a new “church” that met in a coffee house in the Arts District in […]

Read More…

God’s word in my email

As you probably know, compiling and publishing the North American Moravian Daily Texts represents a major part of the work of the Interprovincial Board of Communication. Every year, we translate Bible verses from German to English, assign writers to select hymns and write prayers, compile all of their great work into a book, then ship […]

Read More…

Moravian History and Music Conference set for October

The fifth Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music will take place Oct. 27-29, 2016, on the campus of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. Scholars, musicians, historians and Moravian enthusiasts will convene in Bethlehem to explore the latest research on a wide range of Moravian topics. The weekend will be filled with events for […]

Read More…

Obituaries: Henkelman, Cottom, van Orden

Mrs. Martha Henkelman Sister Martha (Roth) Henkelman died at Nanaimo Regional District, British Columbia, October 29, 2015 at the age of. She was born January 14, 1919 at Marlin, Wash., a daughter of Adam and Lydia (Miller) Roth. Sister Henkelman attended schools in Marlin, Wash., and Western Baptist Theological Seminary, Portland, Ore. She was united […]

Read More…

New mission book guides Moravians toward living in Common Unity

When the Interprovincial Women’s Board of the Moravian Church sought a writer for their annual mission study guide, they selected Justin Rabbach, director of mission engagement for the Board of World Mission. And when they looked for assistance editing and producing the guide, they contracted with the Interprovincial Board of Communication. The partnership resulted in […]

Read More…

Mystery and history meet face to face in The Body in the Vat: Tales from the Tannery

A letter from a young soldier in the Union Army to his wife, and a locket, pocket watch and some coins become the keys to a mystery locked inside the foreboding stone walls of the old Bethlehem Tannery for over 150 years. When we decided to write our book, Charlene Donchez Mowers and I had […]

Read More…

Rev. John D. Rights to receive Hus Award from Moravian Theological Seminary

Moravian Theological Seminary congratulates Rev. John D. Rights ‘85 (M.Div.) as the recipient of the 2016 John Hus Alumni Award. Initiated in 1974, the John Hus Alumni Award gives special recognition to a graduate, who, through outstanding service & loyalty to ministry, has brought distinction to the work of the ministry and to Moravian Theological […]

Read More…

New fiction invites readers into the life of a Moravian pastor

“Jaime, there will be time for that later.” So begins Andrew Taylor-Troutman’s first work of fiction, Earning Innocence. From that very first line of the novel, the reader is warmly invited into the life of Moravian pastor Rev. James Wheeler, his wife Bonnie, and their sons Nathaniel and Philip. The story is set in fictional […]

Read More…

On urban mission, Moravian youth immerse themselves among Chicago’s neediest

When Moravians think of “mission,” we typically envision working in different countries and strange cultures. But for a group of 14 Moravians, their mission took them not across the ocean but to the “distant” streets of Chicago, Illinois. In late December the team of young people and adults met in the Windy City and dedicated […]

Read More…

Illustrating Healthier Congregations

In the September 2015 issue of the Moravian Magazine, we highlighted the Northern Province’s Healthy Congregations Task Force. In this issue, we continue to share 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 the […]

Read More…

New Hus documentary in production

Comenius Foundation and the Interprovincial Board of Communications are developing a high-quality documentary about John Hus. Titled Apostle of Truth, the documentary will tell the factual story of Hus in an interesting manner accessible to average viewers. The program will be broken into three segments, about 20 minutes each, to allow easy use in adult […]

Read More…

Moravian Magazine, January/February 2016

On the cover: Crunching footprints in the snow mark the trail of earlier passersby. Photo by Mike Riess

Read More…