Tag Archives: March

Obituary: Sister Ruth Behrend

Sister Ruth L. (Knutson) Behrend died at Watertown, Wisconsin, January 21, 2018, at age 88. She was born January 26, 1929 at Northfield, Minn., a daughter of Clarence and Lillie (Nelson) Knutson. Sister Behrend was united in marriage to Brother Wilbur W. Behrend on June 9, 1950, at Northfield, Minnesota. She served alongside her husband […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

Prayer Day for Moravian Unity Work
 — March 4, 2018 The first Sunday in March is designated as a day of prayer for the special causes which are supported by all provinces of our Moravian Unity. This year the Unity Offering will benefit purchase of a piece of land for a church office, the first […]

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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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Messages for Palm Sunday

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 11:1-11. This Bible text is for “Palm Sunday” in Lectionary Cycle B of the Revised Common Lectionary used by the Moravian Church. Sadness by John Wallace, pastor, First Moravian […]

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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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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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Cuban Camping Ministry continues to grow

In 2014, the first United States Mission Team of youth and young adults from throughout the Northern Province traveled to Cuba to participate in the Cuban Youth and Young Adult Camping Ministry. The team served under the leadership of the Rev. Cynthia Rader Geyer, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Eastern District. The camp […]

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Create in Me: Embodying poetry in a prose world

Our “Create in Me” series offers space for conversation about the ways people are shaping worship through writing songs and liturgies, using poetry and visual arts, and simply creating experiences in worship that encourage deepening faith. Through articles, hymns and their backstories, and ideas for using worship resources in new ways, we are exploring, celebrating […]

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Create in Me: Exploring “By Galilee”

As part of our Create in Me series, we share a hymn from Sing to the Lord a New Song A New Moravian Songbook written by Lahoma Gray. Her son, Sam Gray, shares the story behind the song, while the Rev. Brian Dixon of Lake Auburn Moravian Church offers ideas on how to use it […]

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Moravian Magazine, March 2018

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A hymn makes for a happier birthday

While traveling for work remains a fun part of my job, being away from home and family on my birthday is something I typically try to avoid. I’m also a fan of quiet birthday celebrations. This year, my birthday fell the Saturday of the Southern Province’s 2017 Inter-Synodal Conference in Winston-Salem. I hoped I would […]

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Moravian Magazine, March 2017

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Making a positive impact on the lives of women and girls around the world

The Unity Women’s Desk (UWD) 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 UWD’s vision is to bring about global change for Moravian women around the world—women […]

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Exploring a potential new Moravian music resource

For many years, the music that is written and sung as a part of the regular worship life of our congregations and communities has significantly reflected the Moravian Church’s witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the world. The practice of writing and collecting hymns is part of an ongoing conversation with God and […]

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The making of an Easter Putz

In January, when most people are taking down their Christmas decorations, Calvary Moravian Church in Winston-Salem just puts a curtain up to hide their Christmas Nativity Putz. It isn’t to cover it up until next year, like leaving up a Moravian star, and it isn’t because they are too lazy to take it down. It […]

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Inter-Synodal Gathering generates 
ideas and excitement for the future

Emerging ministries. Adaptive change in church structure and education. Resource sharing. Young adult and youth involvement. Focus on God’s Essentials. Bi-vocational ministry. Reintroducing Jesus to the disillusioned. At February’s 2017 Inter-Synodal Gathering, Southern Province Moravians generated and discussed more than two dozen topics in an effort to answer the question, “What will it take to […]

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GiftLegacy: remembering
 congregations and agencies in estate plans

The Moravian Ministries Foundation helps Moravian individuals, churches and agencies grow and sustain the ministries that are central to our faith. We do this through investment management, gift planning and assisting with stewardship development and capital fundraising. Our GiftLegacy planned giving service works with individuals, couples and families who want to create plans for giving […]

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Come & Worship team “Goes & Serves” in Peru

Come & Worship, an emerging ministry in Winston-Salem, N.C., recently put together a team to serve on a mission trip to Peru. The team, which included The Rev. Brad Bennett and his wife Sue, Diane Ebert, Antoinette Brey, the Rt. Rev. Sam Gray and Sandra Dorr from Come & Worship and Emma LaBella from Christ […]

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Seminary students learn of Moravian life and history in Jamaica

Jamaica in January. For course credit? Sign me up! Seven of us made our way from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to Jamaica this past January for the course Jamaica: History, Culture, and the Moravians offered at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem. The Rev Dr. Craig Atwood and Bishop Hopeton Clennon led our travels; along for the ride […]

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Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Studying the historical and theological background to The Ground of the Unity

As part of our ongoing series to share information about key Moravian theology and doctrine, we will be excerpting the Rev. Dr. C. Daniel Crews’ study, Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Historical and Theological Background to The Ground of the Unity. Originally written in 2000 and updated twice, this study looks at the theological and […]

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Embraced By Resurrection: Preparing for Western District Synod 2016

NOTE: For information on the 2016 Western District Synod, visit the Synod website: www.2016wdsynod.org It is quite amazing to witness Jesus’ hands at work. Where have you seen his hands at work, of late? Addressing that question is the core work of synod. I continue to be captured by Scripture texts that refer to times […]

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Moravian Magazine, March 2016

On the cover: Moravian Music, past and present. Photo by Mike Riess

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Foundation celebrates 60 years of preserving and sharing Moravian Music

Over 600 years ago, Jan Hus began implementing his reforms in the Catholic churches of Moravia and Bohemia. One of his initiatives was to encourage the congregational singing of hymns in the native Czech language. Moravians continue to value the ability to express their love of Christ, faith in God and care for each other […]

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Cutting and sewing to make a difference for girls in Kenya

“We can do this!” I was excited to get our Women’s Fellowship at Shepherd of the Prairie Church in Fargo, N.D. involved in helping others. Listening to a presenter from a non-profit group helping girls in Kenya, I realized this was our chance. As we listened a little more, Maureen Hahn said, “I’ll bring my […]

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A visit to the heart of the Moravian Church in Nepal

  In December, a group of North American Moravians travelled to Nepal to serve and learn. Brian Stangret and Gwyn Michel offer their thoughts on the trip. Brian: On the first day of Christmas—and after more than a year of planning with Pastor Trina Holmberg and the Board of World Mission—ten of us from congregations […]

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2016 Canadian District Synod to reflect on the call of the Spirit

There is a sacred call to creativity, witness and love for the world at the heart of who we are as followers of Jesus.  How do we speak and live this call? May 12-15, 2016, representatives from the churches and ministries of the Canadian District will gather for District Synod at Van-Es Camp and Conference […]

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‘Tis a Pleasant Thing to See: Fostering Respectful Conversation about Homosexuality in the Church: An Update

An Update from the Steering Committee for Resolution 12 from the Southern Province Synod of 2014 In the summer of 2014, the Southern Province Provincial Elder’s Conference appointed a steering committee to fulfill the mandate of Synod Resolution #12, “Study and Discernment Regarding Homosexuality.” One of the legislation’s key resolved statements was “to provide leadership, […]

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Studying Moravian Doctrine: Ground of the Unity, Part I

Editor’s Note: Following the outline established by the 2005 Jesus Still Lead On study guide, we are sharing different aspects of The Ground of the Unity, one of the worldwide Moravian Church’s key doctrinal statement, in each 2016 issue of The Moravian. This month, we’ll discuss the introductory paragraphs of Ground of the Unity. In […]

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