Tag Archives: July

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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“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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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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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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Ponderings: A Conversation with Ed

It was a quiet morning in the waiting room of the local tire store. Except for the employees, an elderly man in a military baseball cap and I were the only ones in the room. I said hello to be polite but had fully expected to be reading e-mail, reviewing photos and checking Facebook during […]

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OFFICIAL PROVINCIAL ELDERS’ NEWS

Prayer Day for Christian Education, September 13, 2015 The second Sunday in September is designated as a day of prayer for Christian education. The nurture of Christians of all ages in their faith is the responsibility of each congregation. Pray for your congregation’s Christian education program and for the personal growth in faith of each […]

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Obituary: The Rev. Lorenz W. Adam

Brother Lorenz W. Adam died in Waconia, Minnesota on June 20, 2015. He was 90 years old. Born February 20, 1925 in Edmonton, Alberta, he was the son of William and Juliana (Klapstein) Adam. Brother Adam graduated from Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1949, attended St. Stephen’s College in Edmonton and received a Bachelor of […]

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Synod delegates approve broad range of resolutions

Healthy congregations….care and nurture of clergy…lay leadership…local and global missions…stewardship…identity, purpose and organization…ministry to youth and young adults. These are just some of the wide-ranging topics delegates tackled at the 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province, held June 19-23 at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. Over the course of four-and-a-half days, Synod delegates […]

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Palmer Moravian says, “Don’t Just Go To Church — Be The Church”

It was Joint Board night at Palmer Moravian Church in Easton, Pa., one week after an awesome event. “What were God’s gifts that you experienced from our ‘…Be The Church’ program,” asked Pastor Missy? These were some of the responses: “Wow! It involved almost 200 members and friends all in one day!” “It brought people […]

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Moravian Theological Seminary Celebrates 2014 Commencement

Moravian Theological Seminary celebrated the conclusion of its 207th academic year with a commencement ceremony on May 10, 2014. The service was held in Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with newly inaugurated President Bryon Grigsby, a 1990 Moravian College graduate, presiding. Twenty-one graduates received master’s degrees and certificates including the Master of Divinity (MDiv), […]

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Prayer shawls wrap Synod delegates with love

At Moravian Church synods, delegates are often on the receiving end of prayers and best wishes from Moravians around the country.  At the 2014 Synod, those prayers, best wishes and love took the form of beautifully-crafted prayer shawls, one for each delegate. In a Friday morning service, the Rev. Maggie Wellert, pastor of Great Kills […]

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Stewardship, Societal Issues and Synod

The 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church has captured the attention of our Provinces and beyond for many reasons. Certainly the decision by Synod regarding parameters of ordination and covenanted relationship following years of prayerful conversation and consideration loomed most central, but other issues were faced with courage through several societal issues to which the […]

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Covenanting with Hand and Heart: the 2014 Northern Province Synod

Every four years in Provinces of the Moravian Church in North America, a little bit of history is made. Future generations look back on those every four-year occurrences — Synods — and see the movement of the Holy Spirit and the growth and changing of the Church. And looking back on the Synod of 2014, […]

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Don’t be shy when it comes to capital campaigns

Leading the work of a Moravian ministry is a divine gift, but it requires financial gifts as well. That’s why the leaders of faith in our churches and agencies are often called upon to be leaders in raising money. Many people, however, shy away from the words “capital campaign,” and don’t want to take on […]

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Moravian Magazine, July/August 2014

On the cover: Prayer shawls surround the wooden chalice centerpiece at the 2014 Northern Province Synod. Photo by Mike Riess.  

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The Moravian Magazine, July/August 2012

Open publication – Free publishing On the cover: The Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of Doctrinal Theology, leads graduates during commencement ceremonies at Moravian Theological Seminary.  Photo by Colleen Marsh  

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