Tag Archives: June

Schoenbrunn: Honoring the legacy of an amazing Moravian missionary

During the second half of the 18th century, David Zeisberger was the best known and arguably the most successful Moravian missionary in North America. As witness to remarkable events in both the Moravian Church and American history, Brother David devoted the last six decades of his life to spreading the Gospel and serving his Native […]

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Two young Moravians find their voices at Christian Citizenship Seminar

Jarea Lynch from Esperanza for Bethlehem and Kim Rodgers from Vanderbuilt Church in Staten Island found their voices serving as representatives to the Church of the Brethren Christian Citizenship Seminar this spring. The Christian Citizenship Seminar provides high school-aged students the chance to explore the relationship between faith and a particular political issue and then […]

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Country’s oldest bookshop to open a second location

The Moravian Bookshop, considered the oldest continuously operating book store in the U.S., announced it would be doing something new: opening a second location. This September, shoppers in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania will be able to buy books and gifts at a new 3,800-square-foot Moravian Book Shop location on the first floor of Two City Center, […]

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Moravian Leadership Network: Strengthening the ranks of Moravian leaders

“It enhanced my knowledge of how to be a better leader not only in my church, but in my personal life as well…” “Fostering friendships with others outside my congregation made me fall in love with my own congregation again…” “…this allowed me to see that the future of the Moravian Church is in good […]

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Who Is Jan Hus to today’s Czechs?

If you have ever traveled to the historic city of Prague in the Czech Republic, you likely walked through the prominent part of town called Old Town Square and saw the large statue of Jan Hus. The first time I saw that impressive statue, I was astounded that such a monument was there. And when […]

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Moravian Magazine, June 2015

On the cover: Celebrating communion during worship at Mt. Morris in Wisconsin.

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Moravian Magazine June 2014

On the cover: Hand-know hearts filled with treats greeted delegates to the 2014 Southern Province Synod. Photo by Sarah Hubbard.

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A small congregation doing big things with clothing distribution effort

Have you ever had the feeling that your congregation was too small to do a great big mission ministry? Maybe you’ve felt as if the age of your congregants would prevent any amazing ministries from happening. Well, I can assure you that if you trust in what God is calling you to do, even a […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News, June 2014

NORTHERN PROVINCE Outdoor Ministries Sunday, June 22, 2014 The 1994 Synod of the Moravian Church–Northern Province passed legislation regarding the observance of an Outdoor Ministries Sunday. The date for this observance has been established by the Provincial Elders’ Conference as the Sunday after Trinity Sunday, which falls on June 2 this year. Pastors are encouraged […]

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Southern Province Synod delegates approve broad range of resolutions

Every four years, the Southern Province of the Moravian Church brings together more than 200 delegates to “do the business of the church.” In April, those delegates approved a broad variety of resolutions that affirmed new opportunities, approved administrative and ministerial changes and provided direction for the next four years. The Provincial Synod has the […]

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Moravian polity at work–the (non)election of a Bishop

Synods are a special experience, one in which delegates listen for and discern the moving of the Holy Spirit in making decisions that affect the church. At the Synod of 2014, the Spirit seemed to be saying, “not now” in one area—the election of a bishop. One of the Synod’s key powers is the ability […]

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Synod resolution affirms spiritual solidarity with Honduras

In the midst of reports and discussions concerning numerous resolutions, the delegates to the 2014 Southern Province Provincial Synod unanimously passed Resolution 9, “Spiritual Solidarity with Sisters and Brothers in Honduras.” The resolution focuses on the homicide and other violent acts that are directly connected to the trafficking of illegal drugs in Honduras and invites […]

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Ecumenical Partners share thoughts on Southern Province Synod

The Synod of 2014 welcomed not only Moravians from across the Southern Province. Two leaders from ecumenical partners—the Episcopal Church and the Church of the Brethren in Texas—also witnessed the work of Synod. Each has provided their thoughts on being amongst Moravians. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop, Episcopal Church I very much enjoyed the Synod […]

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Synod delegates discern a vision for the future

While Synod is a time for legislating and governing, it is also a unique opportunity to take a look into the future of the Province. Synods harness the gathered creativity, experience, faith and ideas of delegates who only come together once every four years to discern a vision for the future. At the Southern Province […]

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Synod resolution results in Board of World Mission (BWM) constitution revisions

Both the Southern Province (SP), and soon the Northern Province (NP) are being asked to approve revisions to the Board of World Mission constitution. The Alaska Province and the Unity of the Brethren, official members of the BWM, will also need to ratify the proposed amendments. Much of the work of the BWM has changed […]

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Ponderings: A walk helps fill the blank screen

At the core of my role with the IBOC, I’m a writer. When I sit down at the keyboard, I love to let the words flow. Sometimes, however, the words don’t come. Maybe you’ve been there—that blank screen, with the blinking cursor daring you to fill it with great thoughts and ideas—yet your fingers are […]

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Obituary: Mrs. Edwin A. Sawyer

Sister Elizabeth (Stempel) Sawyer died in Lititz, Pa., on April 12, 2014 at age 99. She was born March 3, 1915 in Winston-Salem, N.C., a daughter of Edward and Adelaide (Ross) Stempel. Sister Sawyer attended public schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Staten Island, N.Y. and graduated from Bethlehem Business College, Bethlehem, Pa.. She was united […]

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Knitters’ work gives Synod more “heart”

A special gift greeted all attendees at the Southern Province 2014 Synod: hand-knit and felted heart shaped bowls filled with candy were placed at every attendees’ spot. The dream of the hearts began months before Synod was on the minds of the majority of folks in the Southern Province. The dream became a reality as […]

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Recognizing the undefinable: Establishing Manna Ministries

“We pray the Lord ever anew to point to us the way to reach our neighbors, opening our hearts and hands to them in their need.” Ground of the Unity How do we reach our neighbors in the midst of ever-changing communities? How do we sustain compassionate ministry amid the complexities of the world in […]

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Canaan pastor comes “full circle” with birth of her son

The Rev. Beth Rohn-Habhegger was the last baby born to a pastor serving Canaan Moravian Church in rural Cass County, N.D. Now, 40 years later, she lives in what was once her childhood home, she serves as pastor at the same church where her father used to minister, and on Feb. 6 she gave birth […]

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Moravian Magazine, June 2012

On the cover: Delegates at the Western District 2012 Synod used technology to review and share documents to reduce paper use. Photo by Mike Riess

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Moravian Magazine June-July 2013

On the cover: Rev. Brinmore Phual, chairman of the Guyana Province, prays with participants in the Board of World Mission Global Leadership Summit.

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Ponderings: Recognizing the Spirit in changing times

Last month, my family and I went through one of life’s major changes — the loss of my father. I know we all go through it eventually and none of us are really prepared for it. But it seems that it’s times like these when we become more aware of the hand of God at work.

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Lamb Ministry brings comfort

062013lambA flock of stuffed lambs spreading from New Philadelphia Moravian Church in Winston-Salem is helping shut-ins feel connected to their church family.

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Moravian Ministries Foundation: Future perspective from historical inspiration

062013mmfagroupBy now you have seen the Moravian Ministries Foundation’s new ads in The Moravian, and hopefully you read our story that appeared earlier this year. I also hope you received and read the letter we wrote to each of you recently. Now the Foundation wants to share more important information about our hopes, dreams and work.

 

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Global Leadership Summit brings together World Mission Partners

062013missionintroFrom April 8-10, the heads and leaders of our partner provinces, along with representatives from our North American provinces and the Board of World Mission, gathered at Laurel Ridge Camp and Conference Center for a Leadership Summit.

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Conference emphasizes growth, challenges of Latino Ministries

062103latinoministriesintroIn April, Moravians from across the Southern Province met to discuss and learn about the church’s growing efforts in Latino ministry.

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Bringing the 2013 Moravian Daily Texts into the digital realm

0612dtintroEvery year for almost three centuries, printed Moravian Daily Texts books have been a staple of Moravians’ daily prayers. For 2013, the North American Daily Texts will be entering a whole new realm when they are made available for the first time as a digital book for the Kindle.

“We are hard at work on the printed editions, which we will continue to offer,” says Mike Riess, executive director of the Interprovincial Board of Communication, the agency charged with producing the North American versions of the Daily Texts. “We do know, however, that many people have grown accustomed to the convenience of carrying an e-reader like the Kindle. We are working to make it possible to expand the printed version into the digital realm.

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Environmental Stewardship Conference shares need to care for nature

0612envconfintro“The Earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it!” — Psalm 24:1

Following those words — and looking for ways to put them into action — brought more than 40 Moravians together for the third annual Environmental Stewardship Conference in March.

Held amongst the natural surroundings of Laurel Ridge Camp and Conference Center in North Carolina, the Stewardship Conference invited Southern Province Moravians to discover, learn and share best practices of caring for the environment. The Conference featured speakers, group discussions and resource-sharing, all aimed to put environmental concerns at the forefront and raise awareness of the importance of caring for nature, especially within the context of the church.

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Faith & Order Commission presents Guiding Principles of Biblical Interpretation

0612biblicalintro2In November, 2011, the Interprovincial Faith and Order Commission of the Moravian Church developed a statement of Guiding Principles of Biblical Interpretation. This statement, which includes an extensive historical review of how the Church has viewed biblical interpretation, “offers some guiding principles of scriptural interpretation” to guide clergy, lay members and agencies of the Church in North America.

The statement was amended and adopted by the Southern Province Provincial Elders’ Conference on March 5, 2012 and the Northern Province Provincial Elders’ Conference on April 12, 2012.

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