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Resolutions from the 2018 Northern Province Synod

  The 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province approved a broad range of resolutions in its role as the highest governing body of the province.  These resolutions were deliberated and approved June 21-25, 2018 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Each committee’s reports and resolutions are collected here as downloadable PDF files. Church and Society Congregational […]

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Delegates gathered, grew and now go from 2018 Northern Province 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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Northern Province elects new leadership for coming four years

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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Northern Province, United Methodist Church enter full communion

Moravian Church/United Methodist Church Full Communion • 2018 Northern Province Synod from IBOC • Mike Riess on Vimeo. 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. […]

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News from the 2018 Northern Province Synod

The Northern Province of the Moravian Church in America convenes its 2018 Synod June 21-25 at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We will be posting news and information about the 2018 Synod throughout the weekend.

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Faith Leader Statement on Family Separation

Moravian Church in America leaders the Rev. David Guthrie, Provincial Elders’ Conference president, Southern Province and the Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller,Provincial Elders’ Conference president, Northern Province, joined leaders from many major denominations in signing the following faith leader statement on family separation.    Recently, the Administration announced that it will begin separating families and criminally […]

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Southern Province Synod charts courageous path forward

In April, more than 230 delegates to the 2018 Southern Province Synod developed, discussed, debated and passed more than 20 resolutions that will guide the core of the Province over the next four years. Synod is the highest governing body within the polity of the Moravian Church Southern Province. These every-four-year gatherings bring together clergy […]

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Northern Province Synod prepares to gather, grow and go

Every 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. In April, Southern Province Moravians convened in Black Mountain, N.C. for their Synod (see stories beginning on page 7). Now it’s the […]

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Northern Province to transfer ownership of Bethlehem’s Moravian Book Shop to Moravian College

On April 27, the Moravian Church Northern Province announced that they will transfer day-to-day operations management and ownership of the Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, Pa. to Moravian College, effective mid-June, 2018. This mutually-beneficial agreement between the Church, the College, and the Book Shop will allow the church to remove itself from this retail business operation […]

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Southern Province approves full communion with United Methodist Church

Above: The Rev. David Guthrie presents a Moravian Star to UMC Bishop Michael Watson as UMC Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar looks on, following the approval of the Full Communion agreement between the Moravian Church Southern Province and the United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike Riess/IBOC The 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Southern Province approved a relationship […]

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2018 Southern Province Synod elects Carol Foltz and Tom Shelton as bishops

  The 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Southern Province elected two bishops of the Moravian Unity during its sessions on Saturday, April 21. The Rev. Carol Foltz, currently pastor of Moravia Moravian Church in Oak Ridge, N.C., was elected during the morning session. Sister Foltz is the first woman elected bishop by the Southern […]

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Southern Province Synod elects 2018-2022 Provincial Elders’ Conference

Delegates to the 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church, Southern Province, elected the new Provincial Elders’ Conference during sessions on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21. The Provincial Elders’ Conference for the Southern Province consists of three clergy and three lay people in addition to the PEC president. The PEC is elected by Synod […]

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The Rev. David Guthrie re-elected president, Southern Province PEC

The 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Southern Province re-elected the Rev. David Guthrie to a third term as president of the Provincial Elders’ Conference during sessions on Friday, April 20. Rev. Guthrie will serve through the Synod of 2022. David was first elected PEC president at the Synod of 2010. He previously served as executive […]

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State of the Church: Moravian Church Southern Province

At the 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church in America, Southern Province, the Rev. David Guthrie delivered the Provincial Elders’ Conference’s “State of the Church” presentation. In his discussion, Rev. Guthrie shared highlights, celebrations and challenges for the Southern Province during the last intersynodal period (2014-2018).   2018 State of the Moravian Church Southern Province from IBOC […]

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Board of World Mission seeks Director of Mission Engagement

The Board of World Mission of the Moravian Church in North America is seeking a new Director of Mission Engagement (DME). The DME is the lead staff member for efforts to engage constituent members, congregations and communities in the ongoing work of the BWM. The DME is responsible for building relationships, creating resources and initiating […]

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Southern Province prepares to “Live the Essentials with Courage for the Future”

In mid-April, Moravians from across the Southern Province will meet on a mountaintop in western North Carolina to discern and make decisions about the future of their church. The 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Southern Province will be held April 19-22 at Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, N.C. For the Moravian Church Southern […]

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Campaign helps Unity Women’s Desk do more

The Unity Women’s Desk is a ministry of the worldwide Moravian Church whose purpose is to positively impact the lives of women and girls by coordinating the spiritual, financial, educational and material resources that exist throughout the Moravian Unity. The vision of the Unity Women’s Desk is to bring about global change for Moravian women […]

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Moravian Church consecrates first Cuban bishop

In January, the Unitas Fratrum consecrated its first bishop from the growing ministry in Cuba. Armando Rogelio Rusindo, the 365th bishop of the Moravian Unity (the 303rd in the Renewed Moravian Church, and the first in the Moravian Church in Cuba) was consecrated in Havana, Cuba on Saturday, January 20, 2018. The consecrating bishops were the Rt. Rev. Stanley Clarke (Jamaica), The Rt. […]

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13th Moravian Women’s Conference set for June 20 – 23, 2019

June 2019 marks the 13th Moravian Women’s Conference and the 48th year since the first conference. Certainly, conferences are a tradition, but, more importantly, they are a movement! Sisters form vibrant relationships that connect them and ministries across churches, provinces and the world. Sisters are inspired as individuals to know and to live God’s plan […]

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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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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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“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 Unity statement on derogatory statements, Jan. 15, 2018

MORAVIAN CHURCH – UNITAS FRATRUM Office of the Unity Board Administrator Christiansfeld, January 15th, 2018 To: The Worldwide Moravian Unity Ref.: Statement on derogatory statements made by President Trump   We greet you in the name of Jesus the Christ, our Chief Elder. The Moravian Church has followed with dismay, the derogatory statements made by […]

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Unity Prayer Day Offering 2018

The 2018 Unity Offering has been designated for the purchase of a piece of land for a church office for the Moravian Church in Peru. March 1 is observed as the founding of the Unitas Fratrum and the first Sunday in March (March 4, 2018) is the Prayer Day for Unity Work and the Sunday […]

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Let Our Lights So Shine

Take a good look at a Moravian Christmas candle. Whatever is it doing in our modern church? Mr. Twentieth Century says it is nothing but a cylinder of yellow wax from a beehive, molded around a string and decorated with a bright-colored paper frill. Mrs. Practical moans that hours of work are needed to make […]

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Comenius Learning Series lecture 
highlights leadership and contributions of early Moravian women

In November, more than 40 Moravians gathered at Calvary Moravian Church in Winston-Salem to hear Dr. Katherine Faull of Bucknell University share her insights into women’s leadership roles in the 18th century Moravian Church. Dr. Faull’s lecture, entitled “Leading the Way: Women in the Moravian Church Through the Centuries” is part of the Board of […]

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Christmas from Carolina to the Caribbean

Every year the New Philly Kids (our K-5th grade youth group at New Philadelphia Moravian in Winston-Salem, N.C.) participates in the Operation Christmas Child project. This year we wanted to more directly help our Moravian brothers and sisters who have been impacted by the hurricanes in the Caribbean. With the help of the Board of […]

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Churches come together to build “Welcome Kits” for Puerto Rican families

A few days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in late September, a group of five people met at Edgeboro Moravian Church expecting to discuss some of the upcoming events taking place in the congregation’s ongoing food ministries. What came out of that conversation was an expressed desire to reach out to those directly impacted […]

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