Tag Archives: April

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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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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#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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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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Readings guide Moravians through Holy Week

The four Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—record words and deeds of Jesus. More than a quarter of the Gospel narrative is devoted to Holy Week, from Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, through his cleansing of the temple, disputes with religious leaders, teaching about the end times and Last Supper with his closest followers, […]

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First Moravian members writing biography of accomplished former pastor

“I consider S. Morgan Smith the pre-eminent industrialist in the history of York County. Five companies today can trace their roots to Smith, yet no one has ever written a biography about him. Why don’t you think about writing one?” Jim McClure, editor of the York Daily Record, presented this challenge to Terry Downs and […]

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Brethren: a book review

Brethren by Jeremiah Pearson Incunabula Press, 2013, 510 pgs. Part of the Villeins Trilogy. Brethren is an historical novel that tells the story of a small group of religious radicals from the village of Kunvald who risk their lives to promote literacy and peace in the midst of the violence of the early 1500s. The […]

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Ponderings: Ordination uplifts a Sunday afternoon

aprilponderingsintroAs I’m sure it is for many of you, finding inspiration and strengthening of faith comes in many forms and events. Sunday morning worship, reading the Daily Texts, working in our communities or on a mission trip, helping others, studying the Bible or simply contemplating the beauty and splendor of nature all help to refresh the spirit. On a Sunday afternoon in February, I experienced an event that I need to add to that list.

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Obituary: The Rt. Rev. Milo A. Loppnow

LoppnowBrother Milo A. Loppnow died at Watertown, Wisconsin, February 4, 2013, at the age of 99.

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Organization honoring Moravian missionary plans bicycle trail and park system

zeisbergerintroMoravian missionary David Zeisberger forever changed the history of Ohio when he founded the state’s first town, Schoenbrunn, on May 2, 1772. In the village located near New Philadelphia, Ohio, Zeisberger and fellow missionaries built the first church and the first school where they ministered to Native Americans of the Delaware tribe.

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Orphan Education in the Sikonge District

orphanedintroOrphans are a social and financial liability in the developing third world, both to their families and to their country. If ignored or abandoned, these children will become an increasing burden on their surrounding society. Because of their large numbers, they will make a significant impact on the future of Africa.

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Charlotte-area Moravian women share “Springs of Life”

womensintroSaturday February 16th started out with a spring snow in North Carolina but it did not dampen the festive hearts of the women from area Moravian churches that gathered in Huntersville, N.C. to share a Woman’s Day. The first one had been held just a year ago and was so well received, it was almost certain that there would be another one this year.

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