Tag Archives: 2017

Moravian Magazine, Issue 8 2017

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Ponderings: Hear them as a message to us…

In my role managing the production of the North American version of the Daily Texts, I am always looking for ways to best describe how to approach and use this book. So when I hear someone discussing the Daily Texts and what it means to them—or better yet, a way to approach bringing the texts […]

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Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Studying the historical and theological background to 
The Ground of the Unity

As part of our ongoing series to share information about key Moravian theology and doctrine, we will be excerpting the Rev. Dr. C. Daniel Crews’ study, Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Historical and Theological Background to The Ground of the Unity. Originally written in 2000 and updated twice, this study looks at the theological and historical underpinnings […]

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Moravian Magazine, Issue 7 2017

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

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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Bulletin writings bring a new Moravian inspiration every week

Each week, Moravians across the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean share a common message through their Sunday bulletins. The messages are based on the lectionary text for each Sunday. Brother Hermann Weinlick, retired Moravian pastor and former director of the Interprovincial Board of Communication (that distributes the bulletins), continues to manage the process of collecting […]

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Starting the day with coffee, a journal and the Daily Texts

  Every morning I honor three familiar Moravian traditions: Reading the Moravian Daily Texts, writing in my personal journal and drinking coffee. I love that these traditions, devotional study, personal reflection on God’s activity and fellowship with a favorite beverage, have been part of our community for generations. Each one offers a steadfast reminder of […]

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Handmade carts make Lovefeasts easier

We had a problem. How do we put on two Christmas Eve Lovefeast services, without the physical ability to do so? For years Macedonia Moravian has had two Christmas Eve Lovefeast services, but last year the church thought we’d need to go to one service—not because of lack of numbers, and not because of lack […]

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Donor Advised Fund helps family see hope in sadness

In the fourth quarter of 2017, the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America (MMFA) will launch a new Donor Advised Fund (DAF). The Board of MMFA hopes that this new fund encourages giving in new and exciting ways. We also hope that this opens up philanthropy to new donors who may desire more choice in their charitable […]

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Building bridges to overcome hate

It could have been a bright Sunday afternoon at any Moravian Church around the world. Young and old were streaming into the educational building. Men in comfortable clothes. Women in brightly colored attire. Nearly 60 in all. Smiling and chatting. However, this Sunday afternoon they were arriving at a mosque, the Annoor Islamic Center in […]

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Spiritual Companioning: 
Finding strength and a 
deeper relationship with God

Over the past several years, small groups at six Northern Province congregations have been focused on spiritual listening – noticing God at work in people’s lives, sharing their thoughts and listening with their hearts. These new “Spiritual Companioning” groups grew out of a 2014 Northern Province Synod resolution directing a Spiritual Formation Task Force to […]

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Mission Meals: A cook-at-home way to support mission grants

Services that send consumers all the ingredients necessary to create a meal and instructions on how to cook it represent a growing trend in home cooking. The Board of World Mission is trying its own version of this “make it at home” idea called “Mission Meals” as a fundraiser for its mission grant program. In […]

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Obituary: Sister Judy Kaaua

Sr. Judy Kaaua, a member of the Provincial Elders’ Conference of the Northern Province, died in Waconia, Minnesota, June 12, 2017, at age 70. Born July 30, 1946 to Wilfred and Inez (Johnson) Plocher, Sr. Kaaua graduated from Moravian College in 1967 and earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the […]

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Obituary: Mrs. Grace Dittmer

Sister Grace H. (Giesler) Dittmer died at Lynden, Washington, September 10, 2017, at the age of 99. She was born November 24, 1917 at Green Bay, Wisconsin, a daughter of Carl and Laura (Dickey) Giesler. Sister Dittmer was united in marriage to Brother James P. Dittmer on July 20, 1940 at East Side Moravian Church, […]

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Festival celebrates spirit and joy of Moravian music

In July, Winston-Salem rang with the sounds of handbells, trombone choirs, bands, orchestras and choral groups all celebrating the joy and spirit that is Moravian music. For an entire week, more than 300 singers, musicians and fans of Moravian music came together for the 25th Moravian Music Festival. Hosted at Home Moravian Church, the Festival […]

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PEC Update

NORTHERN PROVINCE Prayer Day for World Peace and Nuclear Disarmament August 6, 2017 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 […]

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Obituary: The Rev. Eric J. Schulze

Brother Eric J. Schulze died at Lynden, Washington, July 1, 2017 at the age of 90. Born June 17, 1927 at Edmonton, Alberta, he was the son of Hermann and Emilie (Guenther) Schulze. Brother Schulze graduated from Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pa., in 1950 and Moravian Theological Seminary in 1953. He was ordained a Deacon in […]

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“Standing with Our Sisters” Southern Province kicks-off campaign for the Unity Women’s Desk

As soon as the Christmas holidays were over, the Special Events Sub-committee of the Unity Women’s Desk (UWD) “Standing with Our Sisters” campaign met to begin working in earnest on a special kick-off event to announce the capital fund drive for the UWD. We wanted it to coincide with the International Women’s Day Celebration being […]

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Adopt a Village updates from Tanzania

The Sikonge Special Needs school                         In Tanzania, children who are deaf, blind, or “slow learners,” have traditionally been placed in regular classrooms with as many as 90 other students. In such an environment a teacher has no time to give these children the […]

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Unique partnership helps ministry feed the community

For many churches, dwindling membership can often lead to closure. But what happens when a congregation, despite their shrinking size has  a vibrant community that its neighbors have grown to rely upon – and has helped bring people to Christ? That was the situation facing Reading Moravian Church in Reading, Pennsylvania.  While the congregation was […]

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A week of Moravian Music sounds…and sights

In July, I was fortunate to spend a week in Winston-Salem covering this year’s Moravian Music Festival.  Joining more than 300 singers, musicians, historians and fans, I spent seven days immersed in “Moravian Music.” I’ll admit it: I don’t sing well, I don’t play a trombone or organ and my music reading skills are rudimentary […]

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Are We Hiding Behind Our Music?

An eyewitness account of events at Charlottesville On Aug. 2, 2017, I received a call. The National Council of Churches had joined with Congregate Charlottesville, and they were calling for 1,000 white clergy to come to Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017, to confront and resist white supremacy through direct, non-violent action. It was a call […]

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Ministry in Sierra Leone continues to grow

Last fall the wonderful big step forward was adding solar power to the Moravian Secondary School in the village of Ngiehun. We were so grateful and excited when members of Little Church on the Lane in Charlotte, N.C. arrived to install all the equipment and batteries that had been shipped ahead of time. Now we […]

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Moravian Magazine, August 2017

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Board of World Mission seeks new executive director

The Board of World Mission of the Moravian Church in North America has begun the search process for the position of Executive Director. After more than six years of strong and faithful service, the current BWM Executive Director, Rev. Judy Ganz, has announced her intention to retire at the end of this year. The position […]

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Salemtowne celebrates opening of Babcock Heath Care Center

Salemtowne, the nonprofit continuing care retirement community renowned for providing the highest standards and options for seniors, celebrated the soon-to-be-open new Babcock Health Care Center with a ribbon cutting on June 8. The $42 million Babcock Health Care Center consists of approximately 127,000 square feet of space, sits on almost eight acres, and is nearly […]

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Children’s Festival and Lovefeast coming August 20

What do you remember about Bible stories when you were growing up? I was fortunate that sharing significant Bible stories was part of our family tradition. I remember, as a young child, going to my grandmother’s house in South Carolina. It was a busy farming community and everyone had lots to do, but my grandmother […]

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Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Studying the historical and theological background to The Ground of the Unity

As part of our ongoing series to share information about key Moravian theology and doctrine, we will be excerpting the Rev. Dr. C. Daniel Crews’ study, Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Historical and Theological Background to The Ground of the Unity. Originally written in 2000 and updated twice, this study looks at the theological and historical underpinnings […]

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The Moravian Magazine, June/July 2017

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

Northern Province Ordination Brother Gregory M. Behrend, a May 2017 graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary, was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church on June 24, 2017. Bishop Kay Ward officiated at the service, which was held at Wisconsin Rapids Moravian Church, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Altura, Minnesota Brother Gregory M. Behrend has accepted the call […]

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