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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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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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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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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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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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