Tag Archives: July

Become a part of “Create in Me”

In the beginning of 2018, Rev. Brian Dixon and I started to solicit articles and reflections about worship to share in The Moravian Magazine. We believe that worship is central to our lives of faith and also that it is not just for Sunday mornings in our sanctuaries. We longed for a place to have […]

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“I am the bread of life…”

Messages on John 6:24-35 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 John 6:24-35. This Bible text is for “Proper 13” in Lectionary Cycle B of the Revised Common Lectionary used by the Moravian Church. “Give us this […]

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Ponderings: Finding time for contemplation

As I pondered this issue’s Ponderings, I found my mind crowded with tasks, ideas, worries, appointments, “gotta-dos,” concerns about my family and the world around me. I was distracted by an article on my iPad, emails on my computer, text messages on my phone, Facebook notifications, even the news on the radio. There’s much written […]

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Southern Province consecrates its first woman bishop

On Sunday, June 10, 2018, Trinity Moravian Church in Winston-Salem was filled with people, all gathered to see and take part in the consecration of Carol Foltz as a bishop for the Southern Province. As the Rt. Rev. Lane Sapp said in his sermon, “This is a historic day. In this sacred space Sister Carol, […]

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“Irene”—the ship sails again!

On Saturday, September 15, 2018,* you are invited to come aboard the mission ship Irene as she sails to foreign lands bringing the good news of God’s love for us shown in Jesus Christ! The ship is piloted by Captain Garrison, with the assistance (and guidance) of his wife Marianne, accompanied by none other than […]

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Northern Province Synod legislation leads church forward

The 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province tackled a wide range of topics facing the church today. Delegates brought more than 60 pieces of legislation to the Synod floor for discussion and deliberation, and approved nearly all of them. This legislation was the work of 13 committees, who reviewed and revised memorials submitted […]

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Northern Province finalizes full communion with United Methodist Church

The 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province approved a relationship of full communion with the United Methodist Church (UMC) on Friday, June 22. The vote occurred at the Northern Province’s 2018 Synod in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The full communion agreement, which was initially approved by the UMC at their General Conference in Portland, Ore., […]

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Northern Province Moravians “Gather, Grow and Go” at 2018 Synod

Under the theme “Gather…Grow…Go!,” more than 220 delegates representing congregations and agencies from across the Northern Province came together in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to do the governance work of the church June 21-25. At the 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province, delegates on 13 committees discussed, debated, wrote and revised more than 60 pieces of legislation to […]

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Sharing a love feast with Presbyterian educators

Every winter, several Moravian pastors and church educators gather with hundreds of other pastors, educators and lay volunteers from around the country who are passionate about Christian education at the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) Annual Event. The 2018 event featured the theme “Deep and Wide: Boundless Hospitality,” depicted by open doors. While Presbyterian […]

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Northern Province elects new leadership

At its 2018 Synod, the Moravian Church Northern Province elected the Provincial Elders’ Conference (PEC) to lead the church in the coming four years. The PEC is the Province’s highest governing board, providing administrative leadership to congregations and program agencies. It is made up of four lay members, plus the presidents of each of the province’s […]

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Crossroads: the intersection of your life and God’s ministry

In August, 2009, Moravian Theological Seminary (MTS) held an info session for our-soon-to-be launched Crossroads Lay Leadership program. Not knowing how many would come, we were surprised when 17 people, from a variety of denominations, showed up. After a brief description of what we had planned for the first year, the people in the room […]

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Moravian Magazine, June/July 2018

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Moravian Magazine, July 2016

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Salem 250: Salem—The First Year

The city of Winston-Salem is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year, and Southern Province Moravians are taking a large part in the celebrations. After all, we Moravians are Winston-Salem’s beginning. Though on the large scale it is Winston-Salem’s 250th, it more specifically is the 250th anniversary of Salem, the church community that grew to be […]

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Honoring 150 Years of Freedom (Moravian)

On Sunday, December 22, 1866, a group of resolute German settlers in rural Freedom, Wis. gathered to organize a new church. Thirty-four men and women representing 14 charter families gathered in a crowded cabin to ignite the spark that would become Freedom Moravian Church. With the influx of Mecklenburg Germans to Wisconsin in the mid […]

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Salem 250: A radical design for Salem foiled by Piedmont’s rolling hills

Imagine you are a visionary German nobleman, head and benefactor of a tiny mission-minded church proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. Now imagine you have practically an entire continent — or say 100,000 acres — where you can lay out a City of God, a New Jeru-Salem in this Eden on earth. What do you plan? […]

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Moravian Theological Seminary celebrates 2016 Commencement

On May 15, Moravian Theological Seminary celebrated the conclusion of its 209th academic year with the largest graduating class in Seminary history. Festivities began on May 14 with a community Lovefeast open to all members of the Seminary community. Graduating students developed this ecumenical and interfaith event with Rev. Dr. Riddick Weber, Seminary Chaplain, and […]

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Presbyterians, Moravians commemorate full communion relationship

On the afternoon of Sunday, June 5, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wis., a service celebrated the covenant partnership between the Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)— a relationship that was approved by synods of both provinces in 2010. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk and head of the […]

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Western District Synod 2016: Making plans to meet “Aspirations for the Future”

When the 110 delegates from Western District congregations and agencies arrived at Mt. Morris for their 2016 Synod, many were pondering the District’s “Aspirations for the Future.” Three days later, many were on their way home having made commitments to see those aspirations come to light. The 2016 Synod, held for the first time at […]

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July Official Provincial Elders News

Prayer Day for World Peace and Nuclear Disarmament August 7, 2016 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 Education […]

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Moravian Magazine, July/August 2015

On the cover: The Moravian Star shines above downtown Lancaster, Pa. at the new Moravian Center of Lancaster Moravian Church. Photo by Mike Riess

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Conference offers spiritual renewal for women around the world

Sandy Cove Christian Conference Center in Maryland provided the ideal, peaceful environment for 372 women from 15 different countries to be spiritually renewed. Under the theme, “Walk in the Light,” the 12th Moravian Women’s Conference, held June 25–27, brought together women from around the globe for fellowship, learning, spiritual development, worship and so much more. […]

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Lancaster Moravian: Our mission to others is transforming us

People constantly remark, “So what is happening in Lancaster? How is your project coming? It is so good what you are doing for others!” It is exciting to be used by God as part of a divine plan to enrich the lives of 56 seniors and their families with day care. Yet as we walk […]

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Moravian Covenant for Christian Living Part VI

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. In 2015, we are working through the Moravian […]

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New Unity Women’s Desk Loan Fund named for caring Moravians

The Unity Women’s Desk (UWD) of the Moravian Church is launching a new loan fund to help women in Moravian areas around the globe. And to honor the memory and legacy of selfless giving of two generous Moravians, the Advisory Board of the UWD has named the new loan fund the “Gretta Gene and Irvin […]

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“The trick will be…” Bringing the Tricklebee ministry to life

Earlier this year, the Northern Province Provincial Elders’ Conference selected Milwaukee, Wisconsin as the location for a new emerging ministry under the leadership of The Rev. Christie-Melby Gibbons. After a thorough process of inquiry, research, on-the-ground exploration, prayer and conversation with area colleagues in Minneapolis/St. Paul and Milwaukee, both Christie and the PEC sensed God […]

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Groundbreaking celebration marks start of a new phase at Marquardt Village

Marquardt Village, a full-service retirement community sponsored by the Western District of the Moravian Church, kicked off a second phase of all-new construction with a groundbreaking ceremony in April. Residents, family members, friends, staff and local dignitaries gathered on the Marquardt Village campus for a groundbreaking ceremony and reception celebrating the start of construction for […]

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Moravian settlement in Denmark named to UNESCO World Heritage List

In early July, a Moravian settlement joined “places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa’s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America” as a place that “makes up our world’s heritage.” On July 5, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural […]

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Moravian Theological Seminary Commencement 2015: Historic institution embraces new traditions

Moravian Theological Seminary, the only denominational seminary in North America for the Moravian Church, marked the conclusion of its 208th academic year on Saturday, May 16, 2015. This year’s Commencement activities, rooted in the historical traditions of academia, also included new and updated events. To kick off the weekend’s festivities, Seminary students participated in developing […]

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Sharon Moravian celebrates 200 years of service in Ohio

On January 1, 1815, a group of Moravians in what is now New Philadelphia, Ohio, gathered together for the first service as a new congregation. They worshiped together in a second-floor room of the home of Brother and Sister George Blickensderfer, officially dedicating the Sharon Moravian Congregation. These brothers and sisters who gathered together dedicated […]

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