Tag Archives: August

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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Moravian Magazine, August 2016

In this issue: Eastern and Canadian District Synods, speech therapy at Star Mountain, an update from Sierra Leone, and more!

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Giving thanks for five years of speech therapy efforts at Star Mountain

Five years ago, Star Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Palestine, an undertaking of the worldwide Moravian Church under the European Province, identified a need for speech therapy services in addition to its work helping mentally challenged children near Ramallah on the West Bank. Today, those services are available and thriving thanks to their connections to Moravians in the U.S. and Canada. Ghada Naser, director of Star Mountain, shares the story of how this much needed outreach came to be.

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Taking up the task that’s given at 2016 Eastern District Synod

With a memorable line from a favorite hymn as their theme–“To us, to us, this task is given”–136 Eastern District Moravians made their 2016 Synod one like no other. While most Moravian Synods focus on learning about the church’s activities and helping to plan for the future (this Synod did those things as well), the […]

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Canadian Moravians show they themselves “are the letters”

On a beautiful weekend in May, delegates from Canadian District congregations and guests from across the Northern Province came together at Camp Van-Es for the 2016 Canadian District Synod.

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Studying Moravian Doctrine: The Ground of the Unity, Part V

Discussing the Ground of the Unity’s “Continual Search for Sound Doctrine” and “Divine Mystery” sections.

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An update from Sierra Leone

Donna Hurt, a member of Home Church and someone with close ties to the Moravian work supported by North American Moravians in Sierra Leone, offered this update on the work in this African country. With the passing of the ebola tragedy in Sierra Leone, I was able to take my fourth trip to that small West […]

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Thoughts from the “Mission Mob”

As part of the mission component of the Eastern District 2016 Synod, 17 youth from around the District joined Synod delegates on their experiences in their communities. Responding to Facebook invitations and flyers in their congregations, these young people appeared as a “Mission Mob” on the Thursday morning of Synod to be a part of the gathering’s outreach.

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Provincial Elders’ Conference News August 2016

Prayer Day for Christian Education, September 11, 2016 The second Sunday in September is designated as a day of prayer for Christian education. The nurture of Christians of all ages in their faith is the responsibility of each congregation. Pray for your congregation’s Christian education program and for the personal growth in faith of each […]

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Obituary: The Rev. Gordon B. Mowrer

Brother Gordon B. Mowrer died at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, July 19, 2016, at age 80. Born February 9, 1936 in Bethlehem, he was the son of Clifton and Margaret (Brown) Mowrer. Brother Mowrer graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa. in 1959 and received a Masters Degree in Education from Lehigh University, in Bethlehem in 1965. He […]

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Synod delegates approve broad range of resolutions

Healthy congregations….care and nurture of clergy…lay leadership…local and global missions…stewardship…identity, purpose and organization…ministry to youth and young adults. These are just some of the wide-ranging topics delegates tackled at the 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province, held June 19-23 at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. Over the course of four-and-a-half days, Synod delegates […]

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Covenanting with Hand and Heart: the 2014 Northern Province Synod

Every four years in Provinces of the Moravian Church in North America, a little bit of history is made. Future generations look back on those every four-year occurrences — Synods — and see the movement of the Holy Spirit and the growth and changing of the Church. And looking back on the Synod of 2014, […]

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Prayer shawls wrap Synod delegates with love

At Moravian Church synods, delegates are often on the receiving end of prayers and best wishes from Moravians around the country.  At the 2014 Synod, those prayers, best wishes and love took the form of beautifully-crafted prayer shawls, one for each delegate. In a Friday morning service, the Rev. Maggie Wellert, pastor of Great Kills […]

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Stewardship, Societal Issues and Synod

The 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church has captured the attention of our Provinces and beyond for many reasons. Certainly the decision by Synod regarding parameters of ordination and covenanted relationship following years of prayerful conversation and consideration loomed most central, but other issues were faced with courage through several societal issues to which the […]

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Moravian Theological Seminary Celebrates 2014 Commencement

Moravian Theological Seminary celebrated the conclusion of its 207th academic year with a commencement ceremony on May 10, 2014. The service was held in Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with newly inaugurated President Bryon Grigsby, a 1990 Moravian College graduate, presiding. Twenty-one graduates received master’s degrees and certificates including the Master of Divinity (MDiv), […]

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Palmer Moravian says, “Don’t Just Go To Church — Be The Church”

It was Joint Board night at Palmer Moravian Church in Easton, Pa., one week after an awesome event. “What were God’s gifts that you experienced from our ‘…Be The Church’ program,” asked Pastor Missy? These were some of the responses: “Wow! It involved almost 200 members and friends all in one day!” “It brought people […]

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Don’t be shy when it comes to capital campaigns

Leading the work of a Moravian ministry is a divine gift, but it requires financial gifts as well. That’s why the leaders of faith in our churches and agencies are often called upon to be leaders in raising money. Many people, however, shy away from the words “capital campaign,” and don’t want to take on […]

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Moravian Magazine, July/August 2014

On the cover: Prayer shawls surround the wooden chalice centerpiece at the 2014 Northern Province Synod. Photo by Mike Riess.  

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The Moravian Magazine August 2013

On the cover: Moravian clergy sing during worship at the Interprovincial Clergy Retreat in Harrisonburg, Va.  Photo: Mike Riess  

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Ponderings: A new team for the IBOC

0813ponderingsIn my last Ponderings, I wrote of sad changes in my family’s life. This month, I get to write about happier change and introduce you to new people here at the Interprovincial Board of Communication (IBOC).

In the past two months, we welcomed Arlene Clendenning as our new customer service/business assistant, followed not long after by Renee Schoeller as our new communication assistant. While this much change in staffing can be daunting — two-thirds of the IBOC office team is now new — I’m seeing it as an opportunity to continue our work, while bringing in new skills and perspectives.

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Spiritual Life Retreat demonstrates “Jesus-God With Us”

0813slrintroThe magnificent mountains surrounding the Laurel Ridge Conference Center rang with joyful sounds during April’s Southern Province Women’s Spiritual Life Retreat, led by the Rev. Dr. Nola Reed Knouse, director of the Moravian Music Foundation.

“Jesus-God With Us,” the theme of the retreat, and was illuminated in every session. Friday night’s group session included views of many pieces of artwork depicting Jesus. We could see how every culture that believes in Jesus pictures him in their image and in the context of their culture. Every participant had her favorite image.

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