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Moravian Magazine, January/February 2017

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Mission Team connects with more than 100 Cuban youth and young adults

Last summer, the 2016 Camp Cuba Mission Team of six youth and young adults and two adults traveled to Cuba to participate in Camping and Youth Ministries. Over the course of their mission experience the team connected and built relationships with more than 100 young people in Cuba! The 2016 Camp Cuba Mission Team is […]

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I hear you knocking…

I was driving home from South Carolina just as the heavy rains hit that state in October 2015, and a song came on the radio. A woman was singing in a “blues” sort of style, “I hear you knocking but you can’t come in.” She was referring to a lover of yesteryear who now wanted […]

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Ground of the Unity, Part VIII

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 statements, in The Moravian. In our final installment, we’ll discuss Serving the World, Authority of Christ and the Conclusion of the Ground of […]

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Filling the freezer to feed those in need

On a November morning this fall, 23 people gathered in the kitchen of East Hills Moravian Church to cook together. Four hours later, 500 meals filled the church’s large freezer, all to be donated to anyone who needed a meal. This group was composed of members of four Moravian churches and Holy Infancy Catholic Church—five […]

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Fairview outreach offers appreciation for Winston-Salem police

Jesus said, “Greater love hath no one than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” The love shown by our police in facing danger everyday as they risk their lives to protect our community exemplifies that love described by Jesus Christ. In fact, since 1895, 18 Winston Salem’s police officers gave their lives in […]

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Thanks for the prayers

I’ve often written in this space about how special working for the Moravian Church can be. Whether in joy or sorrow (or sometimes just on “regular” days), I continue to be heartened by the concern, caring and connectedness of my Moravian brothers and sisters. Four days before Christmas, my sister texted with a serious concern […]

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Sharing gifts with a growing church in Albania

  When the Rev. Patty Garner, Coordinator of the Unity Women’s Desk, first met Vjollca Mazi and Dena Fortuzi in 2013 at the European Women’s Conference in Albania, little did she realize what extensive friendships and connections would result. Nor did she imagine what gifts Home Moravian Church would receive from our brothers and sisters […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25, 2017 The Moravian Church is privileged to join with Christians throughout the world in prayers for the unity of the Church during the week of January 18-25. The theme for this year is “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us”, based on 2 Corinthians 5:14-20. Ecumenical […]

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62 languages and counting

For 2017, three new languages were added to the large number of editions of the Moravian Daily Texts: Syriac Aramaic, Tok Pisin (a language spoken in Papua New Guinea) and Vietnamese. Local church groups, often working with partners in Germany, took the initiative to translate, publish and distribute their version of the Moravian Daily Texts. […]

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Studying the Ground of the Unity

Editor’s Note: When you ask Moravians, “what does it mean to be part of the Moravian faith?,” you’ll likely get many different answers about what our church is and what we believe. While the Moravian Church is known (and respected) for not being overly doctrinal or adhering to strict dogma or rules—thus the many ideas […]

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New mission book guides Moravians toward living in Common Unity

When the Interprovincial Women’s Board of the Moravian Church sought a writer for their annual mission study guide, they selected Justin Rabbach, director of mission engagement for the Board of World Mission. And when they looked for assistance editing and producing the guide, they contracted with the Interprovincial Board of Communication. The partnership resulted in […]

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Mystery and history meet face to face in The Body in the Vat: Tales from the Tannery

A letter from a young soldier in the Union Army to his wife, and a locket, pocket watch and some coins become the keys to a mystery locked inside the foreboding stone walls of the old Bethlehem Tannery for over 150 years. When we decided to write our book, Charlene Donchez Mowers and I had […]

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Rev. John D. Rights to receive Hus Award from Moravian Theological Seminary

Moravian Theological Seminary congratulates Rev. John D. Rights ‘85 (M.Div.) as the recipient of the 2016 John Hus Alumni Award. Initiated in 1974, the John Hus Alumni Award gives special recognition to a graduate, who, through outstanding service & loyalty to ministry, has brought distinction to the work of the ministry and to Moravian Theological […]

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Illustrating Healthier Congregations

In the September 2015 issue of the Moravian Magazine, we highlighted the Northern Province’s Healthy Congregations Task Force. In this issue, we continue to share examples and ideas of how putting the “Seven Characteristics of Healthy Congregations” to work have enhanced the mission and ministry of local churches, while providing illustrations of each of the […]

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New fiction invites readers into the life of a Moravian pastor

“Jaime, there will be time for that later.” So begins Andrew Taylor-Troutman’s first work of fiction, Earning Innocence. From that very first line of the novel, the reader is warmly invited into the life of Moravian pastor Rev. James Wheeler, his wife Bonnie, and their sons Nathaniel and Philip. The story is set in fictional […]

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On urban mission, Moravian youth immerse themselves among Chicago’s neediest

When Moravians think of “mission,” we typically envision working in different countries and strange cultures. But for a group of 14 Moravians, their mission took them not across the ocean but to the “distant” streets of Chicago, Illinois. In late December the team of young people and adults met in the Windy City and dedicated […]

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New Hus documentary in production

Comenius Foundation and the Interprovincial Board of Communications are developing a high-quality documentary about John Hus. Titled Apostle of Truth, the documentary will tell the factual story of Hus in an interesting manner accessible to average viewers. The program will be broken into three segments, about 20 minutes each, to allow easy use in adult […]

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God’s word in my email

As you probably know, compiling and publishing the North American Moravian Daily Texts represents a major part of the work of the Interprovincial Board of Communication. Every year, we translate Bible verses from German to English, assign writers to select hymns and write prayers, compile all of their great work into a book, then ship […]

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Moravian traditions in a non-traditional setting

Right after Christmas, we received a new perspective on Christmas Eve services from Michele Sevacko, who attends Come & Worship, an emerging ministry in Winston-Salem, N.C. “What is Moravian?” is a question I asked my friend, when she suggested that we try out a new “church” that met in a coffee house in the Arts District in […]

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Moravian History and Music Conference set for October

The fifth Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music will take place Oct. 27-29, 2016, on the campus of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. Scholars, musicians, historians and Moravian enthusiasts will convene in Bethlehem to explore the latest research on a wide range of Moravian topics. The weekend will be filled with events for […]

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Obituaries: Henkelman, Cottom, van Orden

Mrs. Martha Henkelman Sister Martha (Roth) Henkelman died at Nanaimo Regional District, British Columbia, October 29, 2015 at the age of. She was born January 14, 1919 at Marlin, Wash., a daughter of Adam and Lydia (Miller) Roth. Sister Henkelman attended schools in Marlin, Wash., and Western Baptist Theological Seminary, Portland, Ore. She was united […]

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Moravian Magazine, January/February 2016

On the cover: Crunching footprints in the snow mark the trail of earlier passersby. Photo by Mike Riess

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Sierra Leone: God’s call to return

It is difficult to be separated for seven months from the mission that you started, prayed for, and for which you thank God for his guidance and protection. Just ask Mohamed and Safiatu Braima from Luawa Yiehun, Kaihlun, Sierra Leone. They returned to the U.S. in June 2014 to celebrate their son’s graduation from chiropractic […]

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BCM resource highlights what it means to be “Simply Moravian”

Ever taken one of those Facebook quizzes? You know, “What Kind of 80s Rock Star Are You?” or “How Many World Flags Can You Name?” I’ve often thought it would be fun to create a “Test Your Moravian IQ” quiz. How would you do? Go ahead . . . try it! Who is considered the […]

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Moravian Magazine, January-February 2015

On the cover: A blanket of snow demonstrates the beauty of God’s creation. Photo by Mike Riess  

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Archaeologists uncover the First House of Nazareth (Pennsylvania)

In late September 2014, the news spread from the Ephrata Tract, the land in Nazareth Pennsylvania where Moravians first settled in the 1700s: the First House of Nazareth had been discovered! The announcement received national attention, including a mention in Archaeology magazine. The structure, erected in 1740, stood between the Whitefield House and the Gray […]

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Students participate in new Chicago urban mission

For many of us, the days between Christmas and New Year is a great time to reflect on the year gone by, and maybe get in a bit of rest and relaxation as we prepare for the year ahead. In the last week of 2014, 15 participants (11 high school and college-aged youth and young […]

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A new series: Studying Moravian Doctrine

Editor’s Note: When you ask Moravians, “what does it mean to be part of the Moravian faith?,” you’ll likely get many different answers about what our church is and what we believe. While the Moravian Church is known (and respected) for not being overly doctrinal or adhering to strict dogma or rules—thus the many ideas […]

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Planning visit reveals much about our Czech counterparts

Visiting the Czech Republic typically means seeing historic sights in Prague, but if you want to meet members of our church (there it’s called Jednota Bratrska) and learn of its ministry in a country where few identify themselves as active in religion and Christianity, travel about an hour north to Liberec and surrounding areas. When […]

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