Tag Archives: January

Reflections from the Unity Mission Conference

Members of the North American delegation to the Unity Mission Conference held in South Africa last November share their insights on being part of this historic occasion. We must always be students The challenge of coming together as a worldwide unity is that we come from our own context, each from our own culture, speaking […]

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Unity Mission Conference brings together Moravians from around the globe

More than 200 Moravians from at least 35 nations gathered together in Cape Town, South Africa from November 15-20, 2017 to share in the Third Unity Mission Conference. This was perhaps the most comprehensive group of Moravians ever to meet together in one place. The first conference was held in Miami, Fla., in 1994 and […]

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About Clínica Evangélica Morava

On June 16th, 1946, the Reverend Werner Marx founded the Clínica Evangélica Morava. On that date, he planted the corner post of a one room clinic on a pine covered hill just east of the Patuca River village of Paptalaya. While Cleve Fischel, a nurse from North Carolina, was the first medical missionary to staff […]

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Messages on the Transfiguration

Each week, Moravians across the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean share a common message through their Sunday bulletins. This month, we share writings based on Mark 9:2-9. This Bible text is for “Last Sunday After Epiphany” in Lectionary Cycle B of the Revised Common Lectionary used by the Moravian Church. Listen to Him by Dean […]

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Bringing healing and faith in Honduras

Rick Nelson spent much of the last 30-plus years working with Moravians in Honduras. Late last year, Rick completed his full-time assignment with the Board of World Mission and shares his views on the Moravian Church’s medical efforts in that Central America country. My involvement with the Honduran Moravian medical work began in 1985. With […]

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Daily mail brings the yesterday to today

One of my daily tasks here at the Interprovincial Board of Communication offices is to receive correspondence and payments for books, bulletins and other services. We save the stamps for a charity project and recycle the envelopes. Usually, I don’t take much notice of the stamps themselves. Most are the standard “Forever” stamps—you know, basic […]

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Exploring a new song: “Bread of Life, for Others Broken”

As part of our new Create in Me efforts, we share a hymn from Sing to the Lord a New Song A New Moravian Songbook written by Bishop Sam Gray. Sam shares the story behind the song, while the Rev. Rebecca Craver of Edmonton Moravian Church offers ideas on how to use it in worship. […]

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Create in Me…through inspiration, reflection and worship

Worship is a powerful expression of our love for God and God’s love for the world. It is such an important part of faith that many congregations center their community life around the weekly worship service. We are continuously created in worship as we follow Jesus into the world to proclaim the Good News. After […]

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“Box” provides blessings to Winston-Salem neighborhood

Driving around Winston Salem, one cannot help but notice the extreme need of our neighbors. On almost every corner there is someone in need of help. This can be both overwhelming and defeating, because it seems an impossible task to help everyone. Especially for a small congregation in a small denomination. But the words of […]

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Create In Me: Report from the New Moravian Worship Resource Exploration Committee

Introduction In the fall of 2016, the Provincial Elders’ Conferences meeting jointly authorized the Rev. Nola Reed Knouse to form a committee, with three members from the Northern and three from the Southern Province, to explore the question of whether it is time for the two provinces to begin work towards a new hymnal. Over […]

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Moravian Magazine, Jan-Feb 2018

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OFFICIAL PROVINCIAL ELDERS’ NEWS

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25, 2018 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 ”Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power”, taken from the Book of Exodus […]

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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 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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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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