Tag Archives: 2018

Southern Province consecrates its first woman bishop

On Sunday, June 10, 2018, Trinity Moravian Church in Winston-Salem was filled with people, all gathered to see and take part in the consecration of Carol Foltz as a bishop for the Southern Province. As the Rt. Rev. Lane Sapp said in his sermon, “This is a historic day. In this sacred space Sister Carol, […]

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“Irene”—the ship sails again!

On Saturday, September 15, 2018,* you are invited to come aboard the mission ship Irene as she sails to foreign lands bringing the good news of God’s love for us shown in Jesus Christ! The ship is piloted by Captain Garrison, with the assistance (and guidance) of his wife Marianne, accompanied by none other than […]

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Northern Province Synod legislation leads church forward

The 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province tackled a wide range of topics facing the church today. Delegates brought more than 60 pieces of legislation to the Synod floor for discussion and deliberation, and approved nearly all of them. This legislation was the work of 13 committees, who reviewed and revised memorials submitted […]

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Northern Province finalizes full communion with United Methodist Church

The 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province approved a relationship of full communion with the United Methodist Church (UMC) on Friday, June 22. The vote occurred at the Northern Province’s 2018 Synod in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The full communion agreement, which was initially approved by the UMC at their General Conference in Portland, Ore., […]

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Northern Province Moravians “Gather, Grow and Go” at 2018 Synod

Under the theme “Gather…Grow…Go!,” more than 220 delegates representing congregations and agencies from across the Northern Province came together in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to do the governance work of the church June 21-25. At the 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province, delegates on 13 committees discussed, debated, wrote and revised more than 60 pieces of legislation to […]

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Become a part of “Create in Me”

In the beginning of 2018, Rev. Brian Dixon and I started to solicit articles and reflections about worship to share in The Moravian Magazine. We believe that worship is central to our lives of faith and also that it is not just for Sunday mornings in our sanctuaries. We longed for a place to have […]

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“I am the bread of life…”

Messages on John 6:24-35 Each week, Moravians across the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean share a common message through their Sunday bulletins. This month, we share writings based on John 6:24-35. This Bible text is for “Proper 13” in Lectionary Cycle B of the Revised Common Lectionary used by the Moravian Church. “Give us this […]

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Ponderings: Finding time for contemplation

As I pondered this issue’s Ponderings, I found my mind crowded with tasks, ideas, worries, appointments, “gotta-dos,” concerns about my family and the world around me. I was distracted by an article on my iPad, emails on my computer, text messages on my phone, Facebook notifications, even the news on the radio. There’s much written […]

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Sharing a love feast with Presbyterian educators

Every winter, several Moravian pastors and church educators gather with hundreds of other pastors, educators and lay volunteers from around the country who are passionate about Christian education at the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) Annual Event. The 2018 event featured the theme “Deep and Wide: Boundless Hospitality,” depicted by open doors. While Presbyterian […]

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Northern Province elects new leadership

At its 2018 Synod, the Moravian Church Northern Province elected the Provincial Elders’ Conference (PEC) to lead the church in the coming four years. The PEC is the Province’s highest governing board, providing administrative leadership to congregations and program agencies. It is made up of four lay members, plus the presidents of each of the province’s […]

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Crossroads: the intersection of your life and God’s ministry

In August, 2009, Moravian Theological Seminary (MTS) held an info session for our-soon-to-be launched Crossroads Lay Leadership program. Not knowing how many would come, we were surprised when 17 people, from a variety of denominations, showed up. After a brief description of what we had planned for the first year, the people in the room […]

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Moravian Magazine, June/July 2018

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Moravian Magazine, May 2018

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Create in Me: Poetry as a source of liturgy

The idea behind “Create in Me” is to get us talking about worship. As you read this month’s reflection by Jeanne Ahlers on gardening, we offer a few questions for you to consider and explore with your worship community: In what ways do you look to worship to help you grow? What would change if […]

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Create in Me: Worship is like gardening

One of the things I enjoy most is gardening and growing food. I’m a volunteer Master Gardener with the North Dakota State University ExtensionService. I love growing plants. They amaze me. They start from seeds—sometimes tiny and small, sometimes big—but somehow, contained in that seed, are the blueprints and the nutrients needed to make life happen. But […]

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Moravian Camping in Mid-States

The goal of the Middle States Youth Ministry Council is to ensure that the youth and young adults of Moravian churches in Ohio, lower Michigan, Indiana and Illinois are able to participate in interchurch activities and further their relationships with Christ. We strive to provide appropriate, safe, and challenging programs for participants of all ages. […]

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Summer at Camp Van-Es

Our goal at Camp Van-Es is to help children explore faith in Jesus Christ in a natural setting. We offer a safe environment to experience God, to grow spiritually and, of course, to have fun! Van-Es will host four weeks of summer camp for Moravain youth (and others!) on the shores of South Cooking Lake […]

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Crossroads: Traveling the Journey of Faith

Yogi Berra once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Sometimes the guidance we receive about our own life’s discernments seems just as helpful. We’ve all known seasons when we have pondered life’s questions. Where is God? What is my purpose? Why am I here? What should I do?  Moravian […]

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Doing mission at “Camp Hope”

No one is too young to do mission, especially as part of a team. That is what campers will be learning and living at the Eastern District’s outdoor ministry site, Hope Conference & Renewal Center, this summer.  Campers will be helping to feed the hungry, clothe the needy, and participate in other ministry projects while […]

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Laurel Ridge: A season of growing and learning

Summer at Laurel Ridge for 2018 will be a wonderful and action-packed season of growing and learning together!  In addition to the faith, fun and learning of the Moravian camp in the mountains, campers will focus on themes of unity. Based on Ephesians 4:3, “Make every effort to keep the ​unity of the Spirit through the […]

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Southern Province elects new leadership

Delegates to the 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church, Southern Province, elected the new Provincial Elders’ Conference during sessions on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21. The Provincial Elders’ Conference for the Southern Province consists of three clergy and three lay people in addition to the PEC president. The PEC is elected by Synod […]

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Southern Province approves full communion with United Methodist Church

The 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Southern Province approved a relationship of full communion with the United Methodist Church (UMC) on Friday, April 20. The full communion agreement, which was initially approved by the UMC at their General Conference in Portland, Ore., in May 2016, recognizes each other’s ministries, and encourages witness and mission […]

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Southern Province elects two new bishops

On the same day in 1978, the Revs. Carol Foltz and Tom Shelton graduated from Moravian Theological Seminary. A short time later, they were ordained pastors of the Moravian Church—again, both on the same day. And on Saturday, April 21, 2018, they both took another huge step on their pastoral path–they were both elected bishops […]

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Southern Province Synod charts courageous path forward

In April, more than 230 delegates to the 2018 Southern Province Synod developed, discussed, debated and passed more than 20 resolutions that will guide the core of the Province over the next four years. Synod is the highest governing body within the polity of the Moravian Church Southern Province. These every-four-year gatherings bring together clergy […]

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Northern Province Synod prepares to gather, grow and go

Every four years, Moravians from each North American Province gather to “do the business of the church”—to decide, legislate, make policy, discuss doctrine, and chart the way forward for the next four years. In April, Southern Province Moravians convened in Black Mountain, N.C. for their Synod (see stories beginning on page 7). Now it’s the […]

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Winston-Salem to host Unity Brass Festival in July

Any and every way we praise God is good, but some of us prefer to buzz our lips into an amplifying instrument made from brass!  A massive amount of buzzing and praising will take place in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, July 19 – 22, 2018, where Moravians in North America will host the third international brass […]

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365 Days – 1,700 Hats!

A year ago February, members of the Lititz Moravian Congregation were challenged to take on a new mission project: making soft, warm hats for children receiving treatment at the Hershey Medical Center-Children’s Cancer Center.  This project would require our time and talent in addition to our treasure. Yarn, skill and prayers combined to provide some […]

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April Official Provincial Elders’ News

Moravian Music Sunday, April 29, 2018 The fifth Sunday of Easter, April 29, 2018, has been designated as Moravian Music Sunday.  The purpose of this observance is to help all congregations become more familiar with our rich heritage of Moravian music.  Music is an expression of faith, and thus continuing creativity is to be encouraged. […]

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Create in Me: My journey toward sharing my music

Our “Create in Me” series offers space for conversation about the ways people are shaping worship through writing songs and liturgies, using poetry and visual arts, and simply creating experiences in worship that encourage deepening faith.  Through articles, hymns and their backstories, and ideas for using worship resources in new ways, we are exploring, celebrating […]

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The Lord is Risen, Indeed!

  As I continue to pen the “Ponderings” column for each issue of The Moravian Magazine, I notice that fewer and fewer of them are about my Moravian “firsts.” Early on in my editorship, it was fun to write about the new things. My first synods, my first trips to camp, my first Lovefeasts or […]

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