Tag Archives: January

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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Back in Time with The Moravian (January-February 1990)

The Moravian Magazine and its predecessors have been bringing news and commentary from around the Moravian world for more than 100 years. In its pages, you can read the story of our modern church. In this issue, we look back 25 years to the January/February 1990 issue. In the issue, readers learned of changes in […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ Conference News

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25, 2015 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: Jesus said to her: “Give me to drink” is based on John 4:7. Ecumenical Sunday, […]

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Obituary: The Rev. George R. Scilley

Brother George R. Scilley died in Fargo, N.D. on December 21, 2014, at age 81. Born August 27, 1933 in Fargo, N.D., he was the son of Ralph and Minnie (Schroeder) Scilley. Brother Scilley graduated from Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1955 and received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1958. […]

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Moravian Magazine January-February 2014

On the cover: Sun and clouds combine to demonstrate the beauty of God’s creation. Photo by Mike Riess    

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Moravian Magazine January February 2013

Open publication – Free publishing – More moravian   On the cover: This remarkable sunset helped ring out 2012 in preparation for a joyous new year.  Photo by Mike Riess

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Obituary: The Rt. Rev. Dr. Arthur J. Freeman

012014freemanintroBrother Arthur J. Freeman died in Nazareth, Pa., December 4, 2013, at the age of 86.

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RCC event illustrates faith in action

012014RCCintroThe Southern Province’s Regional Conferences of Churches (or RCCs) help congregations share their strengths, participate in shared ministries, build unity and serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by putting our time, talents and resources together. Here’s a story of one that truly demonstrates faith in action.

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Ponderings: Sunset offers hope for an exciting tomorrow

012014ponderingsintroThere’s nothing quite like the sight of the sun on the horizon. Whether it’s greeting the day or heading home, the mix of clouds, sun and color puts a smile on my face and wonder in my heart.

As the sun sets on each day, my thoughts drift to what’s come before and what’s on the horizon. And as this new year begins, I’m glad to be closing the chapter that was 2013 and am very optimistic for the coming year.

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Polly Heckewelder: a history-making doll still making history

012014pollyintroThe Polly Heckewelder doll, the oldest continuously made American doll, is made in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Made and sold by the Moravian Ladies’ Sewing Society since 1872, this doll carries the memory of the real Polly around the world.

“Polly” dolls tell more than the story of Polly Heckewelder. The story of the doll includes the story of its creators, the Moravian Ladies’ Sewing Society and how she came to be.

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Official Provincial Elders’ News for Jan./Feb. 2014

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New Ministries Foundation website: A tool to help ministries you care about

The Moravian Ministries Foundation launched its new website (www.mmfa.info) in late January to offer tools and information for Moravians who want to help the ministries they care about.

The redesigned site features information about the Foundation’s services (endowment management, planned giving and campaign services), relevant articles and news, blog posts by our staff and resources for pastors and church lay leaders.

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12th Moravian Women’s Conference registration underway

012014moravianwomenintroThe 12th Moravian Women’s Conference will be held June 25-28, 2015 at Sandy Cove Conference Center in North East, Md. Sandy Cove’s 220-acre retreat center is located minutes from I-95 between Philadelphia and Baltimore in North East, Maryland on the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay.

Keynote speaker Jennifer Sands will share her testimony of coming to salvation through Christ after her husband was killed on September 11. Keynote speaker Reverend Dr. Craig Atwood will guide the conference attendees to view Moravian church pioneer women and the importance of their role in the ministry of the denomination. And Mary Kategile will share her love for Moravian women in Tanzania and how we can be a part of their spiritual growth.

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New Position brings new possibilities for Board of World Mission efforts

012014bwmintroThe Board of World Mission (BWM) is making changes to strengthen its work directly with congregations—and congregations’ work directly with their mission efforts.

“The Board is announcing changes in its program of Moravian Volunteer and Disaster Response due to the recent resignation of Mark Ebert as our Director of Moravian Volunteer Resources (MVR),” says Judy Ganz, executive director of BWM.

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York, Pa. church demonstrates faith through fellowship by helping those in need

012014yorkintroMany of the most quoted New Testament stories involve the message that faith manifests itself not only in our personal one-on-one relationship with God, but when we look outside ourselves during fellowship and service. In his miracles and ministry, Christ teaches us that faith is not only represented in our quiet times of prayer and reflection, but in our moments of deep fellowship with others and heartfelt service to help those in great need.

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2014 Northern Province Synod: Bringing Moravians together to lead for the future

012014npsynodintroEvery four years, Moravians from each North American Province gather to “do the business of the church”—to decide, legislate, make policy, discuss doctrine and chart the way forward for the next four years.

This coming June, more than 250 delegates from across the Northern Province will meet in Bethlehem, Pa. to “covenant with hand and heart” about church practice, Provincial structure and ministries, budgets, health care, new programs and more.

The 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church in America, Northern Province, will be held June 19-23 at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa.

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“Daily Prayers for Moravians” offer inspiration and prayer on the web

dailyprayersgieslerintroIt is one of the central affirmations of the Christian faith that God wants to be in relationship with each of us, children of the earthly kingdom. But as in all relationships, a two-way street is the only way that this can be nurtured. We need to regularly take time to speak to God, but just as importantly, we need to take time to listen to God.


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Obituary: The Rev. Dr. Cedric Sydney Rodney

Brother Cedric Sydney Rodney, 88, of Winston-Salem, N.C. passed away November 20, 2012. He was born October 10, 1924 in Georgetown, Guyana in South America.

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Moravian Archives expansion project helps prepare it for the next 35 years

archiveshelvingintroThe Northern Province Archives is running out of room. Today, it is near capacity and its ability to continue to receive, preserve and create accessibility to the collections and records could become compromised in the relatively near future.


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Moravians in Cuba: A growing faith

cubaginnyintroTraveling to Cuba is like stepping back in time, with the streets full of pre-1960 American automobiles, and grand buildings of the past untouched by renovation or repair. But there is more to the sense of difference in Cuba, subtle but profound. How far can we go, even in distant cities like Shanghai or Karachi, without seeing America’s commercial influence (McDonald’s, Burger King)? Yet 90 miles from Key West is a country that feels untouched by the culture of fast food and shopping malls. In fact, after the old cars, the first thing I noticed about Cuba was what was missing: advertising. Can you imagine how it feels to ride through a city (in a 1952 Chevy) and never see a sign enticing you to buy? To me, it felt wonderful.

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Shining in Cuba

cubajudyintroRev. Armando Rusindo, chair of the Moravian Church in Cuba, complained to me that he really felt that the Cuban church needed to have its first general assembly to ratify their Book of Order prior to any other events in the church, especially given their limited resources. But he saw that the women in the church, comprising the majority of its membership, were completely determined to hold their first women’s conference this fall, and so he relented.


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Northern Province offers new Healthy Congregations resource

“One who has health, has hope. And One who has hope, has everything.”—Proverb (thinkexist.com)

Hope is powerful. As the proverb offers, it is through health that greater hope can be embraced and lived out. In 2009, the Northern Province Provincial Elders’ Conference convened a gathering of the PEC, all members of the three District Boards and all provincial and district staff. The purpose: to identify a strategy for the province to move toward greater congregational health.

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Joy and lament at The Women’s Conference, Nzega, Tanzania

tanzwomenconfintroIt is the second day of the Women’s Conference at the Nzega Moravian Church, Tanzania. Marion Perrin and I are just arriving in Nzega, having traveled from Canada on behalf of Likewise HIV/AIDS ministries.

We enter the conference and are invited to join the distinguished panel, which included both lay and ordained women from Tabora, Dar Es Salaam, and Mbeya.

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On the road to Gininiga

tanzaniasearsintroHUKWAFA is the acronym in Swahili for “Huduma kwa Watoto na Familia, meaning “Serving Children and Families.” HUKWAFA is a LIKEWISE AIDS Ministries project working with the most vulnerable children in Gininiga and Magu, Tanzania.

The herd of cows in front of our jeep is moving slowly; we have come to a complete stop again. Finally we move forward. We are on the road to Gininiga in Tanzania—what an experience!

There are sinkholes—places where the rains have washed the road away—unexpected sharp turns, and sudden drops where the road disappears altogether. People are walking along the side of the road carrying heavy items on their heads: a bucket of water, huge load of firewood or a bag of rice or beans. A man is negotiating his overloaded bicycle down a deep gully in the road. We swerve to miss him.

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Moravian Ministries Foundation helps Moravians “Invest Where You Believe”

MMF logo processIn 2013 the Moravian Ministries Foundation (MMFA) will celebrate our fifteenth year of service to the Moravian Church in America. In preparation for our anniversary, the Foundation’s Board and staff have been reflecting and planning for the next phase in the MMFA’s development.

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Moravian music strikes a chord with concert-goers in Greensboro, N.C.

greensboroconcertintroMoravians are well acquainted with the church’s musical heritage. And we all know our music: Timeless hymns and chorales document the Moravian year, from “Morning Star” at Christmas to “Sing Hallelujah, Praise the Lord” at Easter.

But what about the trios of Johann Daniel Grimm? The violin prelude of Gottfried Finger? Or any one of the nine harpsichord pieces by Christian Ignatius Latrobe?

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College-Age Retreat reveals “growing up is hard to do”

collegageintroA mid-sized group of (mostly) Moravian college students gathered in the Tise Building at Laurel Ridge Camp and Conference Center in early November to prepare for a weekend of spiritual growth, reflection and discussion.

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