Tag Archives: April

Ponderings: Documenting the work of Moravians in mission

Welcome to one of my favorite issues of the year. Each spring since 2011, I’ve had the honor and pleasure of helping to produce the Board of World Mission’s Annual Report. This 20-page publication highlights the extensive work being done around the world by Moravians dedicated to our church’s centuries-old call to mission. And each […]

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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 […]

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Ohio church offers “rural immersion” mission/service experience

Based in the unoccupied parsonage of the Fry’s Valley Moravian Church in rural New Philadelphia, Ohio, The Farmhouse offers a retreat-style setting and an ambitious program that puts participants in the field, literally, to learn first-hand the joys, challenges, issues and importance of farming and of feeding the world.

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Unity Women’s Desk launches Southern Province campaign

The Unity Women’s Desk began its Standing With Our Sisters capital campaign in the Southern Province in March, with a goal of raising $250,000.

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Congregation tries new tradition with “Saturday before Easter” rounds

Steeped in tradition, we Moravians often find that if they do something twice, they just keep doing it. Sometimes we don’t even remember why it is done. Could the tradition have even become outdated? Maybe such is the case for the tradition of the Salem Congregation’s Easter Morning “rounds” in certain areas of a community. […]

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Festival to bring together many for Moravian music

The 25th Moravian Music Festival, to be held in Winston-Salem, July 23 – 29, is where dedicated church musicians convene and conference to reaffirm their work and service to the Lord. The Festival is the opportunity to connect to the larger Church and the Worldwide Unity.

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

Northern Province Union, New Jersey Brother Michael Poole, Jr. has accepted an appointment to serve as part-time pastor for Battle Hill Moravian Church, Union, New Jersey. Brother Poole was installed April 2, 2017. York, Pennsylvania Brother John Fritts, who has been serving under call to Specialized Ministry at Marquardt Village, Watertown, Wisconsin, has accepted the […]

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Moravian Magazine, April 2017

In this issue: The Board of World Mission Annual Report, plus the Moravian Music Festival, a rural experience, Unity Women and more!

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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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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 […]

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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) […]

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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 […]

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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.)

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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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Moravian Magazine April 2014

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Moravian Magazine April 2012

  Open publication – Free publishing On the cover: Layne Gerbig of First Moravian Church in Dover, Ohio, painted her interpretation of John 3:1-17

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Official Provincial Elders News April 2013

Moravian Music Sunday 
April 28, 2013 The fifth Sunday of Easter, April 28, 2013, 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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The Moravian Magazine April 2013

Open publication – Free publishing – More full communion   On the cover: Events around the North American Moravian Church; photos by Mike Riess

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Two Wilmington, N.C. churches illustrate meaning of full communion

When the Moravian Church in America and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) joined in a full communion relationship in 1999, both denominations saw opportunities to work together. In February, two Wilmington, N.C. churches joined in a Joint Ministry Worship Celebration that sealed a unique relationship between two congregations—and the two denominations. At the […]

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Adopt-a-Village at nine years

The Moravian Church of Western Tanzania is our partner province. In 2001, assisted by our Board of World Mission, the province began a comprehensive AIDS program that included three components: prevention, treatment and orphan care. The first two sections were addressed immediately at the Sikonge Moravian Hospital, but it took a year to find Mama […]

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Ponderings: A book reprint gets me thinking spring…

Should we talk about the weather? My wife kids me that I write about the weather too often in my “Ponderings.” I’ve grown a little self-conscious about it over the years and have worked hard to ensure she has little ammo to rib me with on this score. But the winter we’ve had—not just here […]

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