Tag Archives: December

After 60 years, a bishop’s brother returns home

In August, the Rt. Rev. Graham Rights and his family put his brother George to rest. George died while serving in Korea in 1951, yet it was only in 2015—64 years later—that the family received closure on the case. What follows is Bishop Rights’ story of bringing his brother home… George Rights grew up as […]

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Session encourages Moravians to make bold choices for Christ

On a chilly, rainy Saturday, you wouldn’t expect to find a group of people gathered to learn about Moravian history. But on this dreary day inside Clemmons Moravian Church in Clemmons, N.C., it was warm and bright with hospitality and inspiration as 65 people gathered for the Comenius Learning Series, “Martyrs, Exiles and Missionaries: Making […]

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Sharing reflections on mission in Peru

This past spring, a fresh new relationship began to blossom… and bear fruit! The Northern Province took on the responsibility of supervising the Peru Moravian Mission Area. In the past few months, Moravians from Peru and North America have accompanied each other in many ways as they have entered into this fruitful endeavor. The four […]

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Covenant for Christian Living – Part X: Conclusion

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. This month wraps up the Moravian Covenant for […]

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Moravian Magazine December 2015

On the cover: Red paper-trimmed beeswax candles await their shining moment in a Christmas Eve Candlight Lovefeast service. Photo by Mike Riess

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Scarecrows demonstrate Waconia Moravian core value

This fall, eight life-sized scarecrows gathered around a bright yellow sign that reads: “Waconia Moravian Church—In Essentials, Unity; in Non-essentials, Liberty; And in all things, Love.” From left to right there is a Democrat, a Republican, a police officer, a “Black Lives Matter” activist, a pastor, a gay pride person, a Vikings fan and a […]

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Painting captures moment in history of Graceham Moravian Church

In the light and fragrance of a trimmed beeswax candle, award-winning artist Rebecca Pearl recently completed a historic portrait of Graceham Moravian Church entitled, “‘Morning Star’ Graceham Moravian Church, 1892.” The Graceham Moravian Church was organized in 1758. The current building—a combination parsonage, church and school—was erected in 1797, with a sanctuary added in 1822. […]

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15 years of following our Shepherd into full communion

A relationship between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Moravian Church in America, Northern and Southern Provinces. In early summer 2015, I was looking through the filing cabinets at Fries Memorial Moravian Church and came across a copy of the original booklet from the first formal worship and holy communion in celebration of the […]

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Northern and Southern Provinces meet jointly for annual discussions

Members of the Provincial Elders’ Conferences of the Northern and Southern Provinces gathered in Bethlehem, Pa. in October for their annual meeting. While having no legislative authority, members of the two PECs came together to share mutual joys and concerns, explore ways to collaborate to more faithfully bear witness to God’s love in the world […]

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When Linus shares the true meaning of Christmas

I have a soft spot for Christmas specials. I grew up with “the classics”—Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch—but by far my favorite Christmas special is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Among the many stories of snowmen and Santas and reindeer came this simple, poignant reminder of what Christmas all about. Throughout the cartoon, Charlie Brown laments on […]

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Moravian Magazine December 2014

  On the cover: Traditional Beeswax candle lights the way toward Christmas. Photo by Mike Riess & Renee Schoeller.

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Lectures discuss Moravians’ balance of economics and religion

In many religious settings, the spiritual side and economic side of “being the church” can sometimes be a difficult mix. But for Moravians in Bethlehem during the early days of the settlement in Pennsylvania, their economic efforts were key to making their spiritual work possible. At the November 2014 Adamson Forum in Chaska, Minn., attendees […]

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Feeding My Sheep: Sunnyside Ministry is working at it…

As you can see, the billboard says, “1 in 5 kids faces hunger.” This is the sign displayed by FEEDING AMERICA, and I see it each day as I travel into Winston-Salem. It is haunting, especially when we are told that 26 percent of the children in our area go to bed hungry at night. […]

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Living as a Christian and a Moravian in the former East Germany

The Rev. Andreas Tasche, a pastor and board member of the Herrnhuter Missionshilfe (Moravian Mission Society in Germany), grew up in the former East Germany. Under Communist rule, Christians were under constant suspicion and sometimes even open hostility from the government. In this remembrance, initially published in The Moravian Messenger, Andreas shares a little of […]

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Northern, Southern Province PECs meet to share best practices

In the peaceful, comfortable setting at Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska, Minn., members of the Provincial Elders’ Conferences, North and South, met jointly to pray, study God’s word, share best practices and encourage and support one another. Thanks to funding from the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America, and in conjunction with the annual shareholders […]

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What does it take to spend a year in Nepal?

Let us introduce ourselves—we are the Rev. Trina and Ken Holmberg. We are the crazy 50-year-old Canadian/Americans who sold almost everything to become Antioch servants living in Nepal for a year. Now who would want to do that? Aren’t we supposed to be saving for retirement—the golden years.—sitting on our patio in Florida doing…? Jeremiah […]

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Christmas at the Bethlehem Boarding School for Girls

How did students at the Moravian Boarding School for Girls in Bethlehem experience Christmas around 1790? To answer this question, we turn to an unusual source. The records of the school contain a school diary for the years 1788 to 1791. The diary was kept not by a teacher but by the students themselves. Each […]

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Am I my brother’s keeper?

A personal reflection on Ferguson by Betsy Miller “Am I my brother’s keeper?” took on new meaning for me when I was in St. Louis, Missouri last month. The National Council of Churches had made a deliberate decision to hold its annual meeting in St. Louis to stand with our brothers and sisters in Christ. […]

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Moravians gather to discuss money and ministry

In early November representatives from more than 20 Moravian congregations and agencies gathered in Chaska, Minnesota to gain new insights on an old topic: money and ministry. The second Adamson Innovation Forum, sponsored by the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America (MMFA), sought to help churches and agencies change their conversations about finances and faith by […]

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Ponderings: Picturing Advent and Christmas

We all have our own ways of picturing Christmas in our heads. For some, it’s baby Jesus in the manger, surrounded by Mary, Joseph and a cast of animals, shepherds and kings. For others, Christmas imagery is Santa on a massive sleigh, his reindeer guiding the way. And for still others, it’s a scene of […]

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Moravian Magazine December 2013

On the cover: Beeswax candles burn brightly during a Christmas Eve Lovefeast. Photo by Mike Riess  

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Moravian Magazine December 2012

Open publication – Free publishing – More moravian   On the cover: A scene from the putz at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This scene is featured on the 2012 Christmas City Seal. Photo by Mike Riess.

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Washington DC pastor shares why it’s the ministry that matters

122013dcpastorintro“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last…
John 15: 16 (part)

Those were the words that gave the Rev. Bevon H. White his motivation to enter into Ministry some 25 years ago.

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Songbook makes musical addition to services at Trinity

122013songbookintroWhen John Foltz, a life-long member of Trinity Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, attended the 2013 Moravian Music Festival in Pennsylvania, he discovered a new resource that is having a big impact on the congregation’s music ministry.

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Small stitches make a big difference

122013quiltintroA small group of women is using their passion for stitching to make a big difference to Hope Conference & Renewal Center.

The Hope Quilters have contributed over $4,000 (and counting!) to Hope Conference Center in 2013, money earned by stitching patchwork quilts, potholders, wall hangings, and anything else that can be created and quilted out of small pieces of fabric. The women (so far they are all women, but men would be welcomed, too) get together several times a year to plan, shop, and work on their quilting projects. Many of the women also stitch on their sale items at home in their spare time.

 

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Ponderings: A tale of two coffees

122013ponderingsintroLike many, coffee is central to my morning. Sharing a cup with my wife is how we start every day. It fuels my writing, helps me on long drives and provides a conversation starter at my local donut shop.

But I never realized that coffee would be part of my religious life until I began attending Moravian services. During one weekend in early November, I found coffee to be the connection between two very different worship services; this is the tale of two coffees.

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Official Provincial Elders’ News for December 2013

NORTHERN PROVINCE

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Memories of Moravian Christmas on the Kuskokwim

122013kuskokwimintroIn our October issue, we shared several stories of Moravians visiting Alaska. During one of those visits, visitors met Ruth Strand Williams, a lifelong Alaskan. Ruth told visitors of her memories of the now abandoned Moravian Children’s Home. One of those visitors, Alice Mosebach, encouraged Ruth to share her remembrance of Christmas in Alaska during that time.

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A celebration of the Bible and ecumenism: the 400th anniversary of the Kralice Bible

122013kraliceintroThis September, the small town of Kralice in the Czech Republic came alive to celebrate a national treasure—the Kralice Bible.

2013 marks the 400th anniversary of the final, third edition of the Kralice Bible, the first complete translation of the Bible from the original text into the Czech language.

At the festival celebrating this anniversary, more than 2000 visitors attended exhibitions, lectures, poetry readings, films and more highlighting the importance of this book. The town, about 100 miles from Prague, was decorated with verses from the Bible for the event.

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In Memoriam: The Rev. Dr. Brigitte Schloss (1927-2013)

122013brigitteschlossintroThis summer, a fixture of the Labrador and Newfoundland’s Moravian community passed away. The Rev. Dr. Brigitte Schloss touched Moravians in Germany, England and for many years, Labrador. We share a remembrance from Hans Rollman, a professor of religious studies at Memorial University in Newfoundland.

On the afternoon of Aug. 24, 2013, while Brigitte Schloss’ earthly remains were buried at Nain with a memorial service in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, I attended at the Anglican Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in St. John’s, a moving celebration and thanksgiving for her life. That service was arranged according to her wishes, with many of her friends attending, including a large contingent from Labrador.

I met Brigitte in the early 1990s after she had retired from her position as coordinator of Memorial University’s (MUN) native teacher education program in Labrador.

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